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Salguero's Sunday pick is ... Dolphins

I think you know by now I am not a homer. I call it as I see it, sometimes good, often times lately very bad. Well, I just sent in to The Herald my pick for Sunday.

I'm picking the Dolphins to win.

If my prediction comes true the Dolphins would reach .500 for the first time since Oct. 2010.

Why do I think the Dolphins will beat the Raiders?

I see potential in this defense to do good things. They need to tighten up the secondary. They need to turn the pass-rush up a notch. But I think that can happen, at least to a small degree, with the personnel currently on the team.

So I don't see Carson Palmer and his inconsistent receivers carving up the Miami defense. Darrius Heyward-Bey is a nice player but I don't see Andre Johnson on the Raiders.

The Raiders' best player is Darren McFadden. But he's running behind an inconsistent offensive line and I like Miami's chances of slowing the Oakland charge. Plus the Raiders don't have a better-than-average tight end so the thing that always bites this defense probably won't this week.

Don't get me wrong. I see a low-scoring, tight, tense game.

I don't see the Dolphins offense moving the football up and down the field on the Oakland defense. But that defense is just undisciplined enough as to do some damage to itself and open the door for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and company.

Remember, Sunday won't offer just a homefield advantage for the Dolphins, it offers a major time advantage and schedule advantage for Miami.

The Raiders, who will travel 28,692 air miles this season, more than any team, will be getting on a plane and traveling five hours, losing three hours and settling in unfamiliar surroundings the day before the game.

On game day, the Raiders will be kicking off at what their body clock tells them is 10 a.m.

And then there is the weather advantage the Dolphins should enjoy, in that it is very humid in South Florida while Oakland is not nearly as taxing on a body.

For all these reasons I'm picking the Dolphins.

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The road to 11 WINS starts in 5 hrs....48 min.....

Coincidentally.....that will be 5 hrs and 48 mins of wear and tear on Oscar's lung's and heart....

Tick....tick....tick....

Dashi....

I love your post...and what you bring to the blog.....but i got to tell you...the FINS were the definition of MEDIOCRE with ZT and JT.....Perennial 9-7/7-9 football team...just SLIGHTLY better than what we have on the field now (as a whole).....

signed,
the truth hurts.....

Stanford beat USC 21-14

Barkley's statline:
20/41 254yds 0td 2int

Robert Woods (potential #1 WR in draft):
4rec 38yds

Interesting..

That is interesting....

I wonder if that's why Barkley bad that OVER-HYPED announcement with the Marching band and ESPN....

Looks kinda foolish now....

Barkley's "decision"...was every bit the spectacle that Lebron's was....

The difference......

Lebron had won a league MVP.....and had taken the garbage Cavaliers to the NBA finals....

Barkley is/was a college kid who hadn't won D I K.....

why does Barkley get a pass....

If you want to barf for 3rd round pick Barkley, you are beyond stupid. That little guy will make a good NFL backup.

Fins 17
Raiders 16

We already have an NFL QB in Tanne.

I won't go as far as you Kris (with the 11-5).

And that's because Miami is a woefully bad team right now. BUT, there will be a worse team today, and that's the Oakland Raiders. The NFL loses when it has a team with a winless record. And they've decided to do something about it, by wrapping up this game with a bow and glitter for our team. It's easier than taking candy from a baby. If we show up, we win (simple as that).

I wouldn't say this game is a lock as we saw Colt McCoy come in with Cleveland last season and upset us. Poor play from Tannehill gets us beat and I doubt we bench him mi-way thru our 2nd game if he starts off poorly. However, all indications say that we should beat Oakland....it'll be nice to view ourselves as the "favorite" this season. This game, if we lose, can make us a permanent underdog for 2012.

As for Barkley: I didn't see his "announcement" but just because he wanted to stay in college and come out in 2013 as the #1 QB instead of being the #2 QB in this draft behind Luck i'm glad he's struggling. I didn't watch that USC game so I couldn't tell you how he played -- if the stats are bloated or what. But what I'm starting to see is another overhyped USC QB (Quinn, Sanchez, Palmer anyone?).

I tend to agree with those who say it's a new season. Can't rest on having beaten the Silver and Black the last 3 times. Just go out and play. Hopefully Tannehill will have a good start. It will do wonders for his confidence.
BTW, I'm not a UM fan, but did anyone see the "crowd" for the UM/Bethune-Cookman game? Saw the article on yahoo.com. Granted, for all I know, the picture might have been taken like 2 hours before kickoff, but there was almost no one there.

Quinn was from ND X-(

But so was Jimmy Clausen. Doesn't seem like USC or ND produce good PRO QB talent.

Navydolfan, I assumed that stadium picture on the yahoo headline was from Syracuse as they're another team going nowhere for awhile. But I'm not surprised to see if was from UM.

MD20, Not the best comparison (with Cleveland). First off, we went to Cleveland last year (it wasn't a home game). So they had the crowd, it was their field.

Secondly, what we have going for us has nothing to do with the players. It's the distance travelled. Go back to years past and you'll see teams travelling cross-country do not fare well, whether it's West to East or vice versa.

Not saying they can't win, but not ONLY are they coming East, but they are on a short week AND we're playing at 1pm (not 4pm). Without even stepping on the field, it'll be difficult for them to win. I'm not too worried about Tannehill playing poorly or not. The defense is much more importance. If they play well, then all Tannehill has to do is not lose the game to win.

Well, granted, it's been 30 years or so, but didn't Joe Montana attend Notre Dame?

MD20,
I actually pasted on the discussion board for the UT Vols fan site (I'm a UT fan), and stated that if things keep going the way they did last night against FL, Neyland might look that way one day.

I'll be honest navyfinfan I haven't the slightest on where Montana came from. I'm just figuring that those 2 schools are powerhouse universities, you'd think they'd be able to produce a worthy QB or two.

DC, Cleveland had homefield advantage, and we traveled, but that team still had no business beating us. We should have won that game easily and instead we kept it close and lost because of horrible CB play down the stretch. McCoy isn't a good QB, we shouldn't have lost that game. Oakland is traveling, on a short week, and is wearing their sun-attractive black uniforms on a 1pm gameday, AND their team is about as good/bad as ours. We SHOULD beat them....but with a rookie QB you can never tell, especially because we have a weak secondary susceptible to being burned on a big play at any time. Palmer is a gunslinger and is a risky QB but he's a vet and is smart and at any moment can throw a horrible INT for his team or make a 'wow' throw that no other QB has the balls to make (though we've seen it go for an INT more than a TD, but it can break either way).

I see us winning, but I wouldn't be surprised if come 4 o clock we're left wondering why we lost.

lol, funny stuff, Mandy.

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