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It’s the 6pm game live on Sky Sports NFL, Miami Dolphins v Kansas City Chiefs – We have a Preview, Fantasy Advice & Prediction.
The early game this Sunday sees the Kansas City Chiefs try to continue their march towards successfully defending their SuperBowl crown. The next stop on that journey is South Beach and a date with the emerging Miami Dolphins. You will be hard pushed to find a team that has improved as much as the Dolphins since the beginning of last season, and they have gone from a team who were widely viewed to be clearly tanking to one of the most promising teams in the NFL under the leadership of Brian Flores. This game should give us a good idea of just how far along in the process the Fins are and the Chiefs can expect a lively encounter.
Money line: Chiefs2/7Dolphins27/10
Points Spread: Chiefs -7
It’s strange, I’m looking at these odds and somehow I end up feeling that the Dolphins are being undervalued and overvalued at the same time. The defense definitely has the capability to make it difficult for the Chiefs to tee off on them and the offense has more than enough playmakers to keep them in it. But if one, or both, aren’t quite up to it, we all know how quickly things can get manky ugly against the Chiefs.
If you are feeling brave, the Miami Defense/Special Teams are 30/1 to get the first TD.
Fantasy Football Outlook:
Kansas City Chiefs:
If you aren’t aware of just how explosive and deadly this Chiefs offense is by now, I’d like to welcome you to Planet Earth. They have amassed one of, if not, the most talented group of playmakers the NFL has seen in many a year. As I said for their game last week, every single one of their starters have the capability to tear a team to shreds on any given day. The only potential pitfall here is that the Dolphins have quietly assembled a legit defense which boasts the NFL’s interception leader in 2020, Xavien Howard. The Chiefs didn’t look like their usual merciless selves last week in a narrow win over the Broncos so they will be out to make a statement this week. As per usual, the leading candidates for big fantasy output are Tyreek Hil, Travis Kelce and, of course, Patrick Mahomes.
Normally my fantasy advice for the Dolphins would start with the Defense. However, that same defense have the unenviable task of trying to slow down the Kansas offensive juggernaught. That’s no easy feat and starting this defense is very high risk this week, but if anyone matches up well with the Chiefs offense, it may be this defense. They don’t give up a lot of splash plays and inside the Red Zone they are down right ruthless. And coincidentally, the Red Zone is where the Chiefs offense has shown signs of frailty lately.
Offensively, the Dolphins are hard to predict. They have been playing it understandably cautious with rookie Tua Tagovailoasince handing him the job from vet Ryan Fitpatrick, and the likes of Mike Gesicki and DeVante Parker have both taken a hit in fantasy value after opening the season in blistering form. But they may not be able to play it as safe this week if they want to keep themselves in this game. This might be the game where they have to loosen the reigns on the former Alabama man especially with the problems they are having at running back. Miles Gaskin, Matt Breida and Salvon Ahmed are all out for this game leaving Patrick Laird and DeAndre Washington to hold the run game down with Elijah McGuire who was only picked up mid-week and elevated off the practise squad yesterday.
There is no doubt that the Chiefs are at least 1 or 2 levels above the Miami Dolphins as we stand. And my philosophy in any sport is that if the team who is a level above plays even close to their potential, there is pretty much nothing the opposition can do to avoid getting beaten. I hate to predict my own team to lose (although in an strange way, I also hate predicting them to win too) but all logic points to a Chiefs win
Chiefs by 4