Baltimore Ravens vs Miami Dolphins: 3 Bold Predictions

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Dec 1, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) drops back to pass against the New York Jets during the second quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Dolphins will throw the ball more than 40 times

Ryan Tannehill has played a solid, conservative year of football, completing around two-thirds of his passes but for just 6.6 yards per attempt.

As for the Ravens, the book is out on them. Opponents have focused on quick hitting routes, marching up and down the field five to ten yards at a time. In favorable situations, opponents have flipped the script and went for the deep ball, often to great effect.

The Dolphins can easily follow this script, driving up and down the field with the short passing game and taking a few shots downfield. A game plan that doesn’t heavily feature the passing game would be a mistake.

The key for the Ravens is limiting yards after the catch. With Dean Pees’ conservative coverage schemes, the short pass will be available to Miami, and they will take advantage of that. If the Ravens can tackle Miami receivers immediately after the catch, the defense should be fine. If guys like Jarvis Landry and Mike Wallace can break some tackles, though, the Ravens will be unable to slow down the Dolphins, and it will make winning nearly impossible.