AFC Wild Card: Dolphins at Steelers start time

Jan 05, 2017, 00:51
AFC Wild Card: Dolphins at Steelers start time

Griffin completed 29 of 40 passes, and the losers controlled the ball nearly 39 of the 72 minutes. They warmed up for Ajayi by holding the Cleveland Browns to 231 yards rushing New Year's Day at Heinz Field. The Steelers are also 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games overall, and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six versus the AFC.

It's the defense that causes puzzled looks and queasy stomachs. Harrison definitely will. That will help.

Miami ran all over the Steelers in Week 6, putting up 222 yards on the ground, including 204 yards and two scores by Jay Ajayi.

When the Steelers last faced Miami on October 16, Tannehill completed 23 of 32 for 252 with no interceptions and wasn't sacked. Since then things have gone a bit sour for Miami, which got slammed by the New England Patriots, 35-14, Sunday.

Interestingly enough, these two teams met up back in Week 6, with the Dolphins coming out on top 30-15 in Miami. "It's one game elimination and we have to concentrate on what we can concentrate on for the week".

Ironically, the one that won't matter will get all the pre-game hype.

"He" being Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill and the question is whether or not he will play Sunday.

Pittsburgh is better than they were last time they faced Miami, on both offense and defense, while the Dolphins aren't anything like what they were once Ryan Tannehill went down with an injury.

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase held a conference call with Pittsburgh media. I don't want any setbacks.

Gase said he needs to be comfortable with his quarterback's movement skills and structure of his knee before even considering putting Tannehill in a game. A serious long-term injury could stall those plans.

Yeah, sure, they want to keep the opponents guessing and, OK, why show your cards and ...

National Football League teams still playing this time of year generally find it is easy to focus. If it's Tannehill, you blitz the blitz out of him because everyone in the stadium will know he will be more out-of-order than the elevator on "The Big Bang Theory". Just because he's listed as Tannehill's back-up, Moore is no slouch. In the last three games of the season when Moore took over for Tannehill, he rushed for 316 yards and a touchdown.

Moore has completed 55 of 87 passes for 721 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions (105.6 passer rating). He is a risky back who may need a few carries to get started, but once he's rolling, he's hard to stop. Miami started out just 1-4, but surged ahead with nine wins in their final 11 games to finish second in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots. Of the 3,914 passing yards Alex Smith, Nick Foles and, for one play, Dontari Poe amassed this season, 2,076 came after the catch, many of which came on short passes and screens to the running backs and tight ends.

Offensively, Pittsburgh is averaging 24.9 points (11th) and 372.6 yards (7th) per game.

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero wrote that the Dolphins' defense "seems broken".

First, 61 (23.5%) of Ajayi's 260 total carries went for either no gain or lost yards, which is usually referred to as a stuff.

Play that one again, Sam.

Pittsburgh is not 100 percent healthy though.

For starters, Ajayi had 10 runs of 20 yards or more during the 2016 regular season while Bell only had 4 such runs.

If the Steelers win this game, they would travel to take on the two seed Kansas City Chiefs.

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