Rams vs. Dolphins: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 4:  Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on October 4, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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After being projected to be two of the worst teams in the NFL this season, the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams are proving otherwise.

Both teams enter Week 6 only one game out of first place in their respective divisions and are getting some solid play from their young quarterbacks. Now they just need some consistency.

This will be a big game for either of these squads to prove they are for real, but a loss would severely set them back.


Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL

When: October 14 at 1 p.m. ET

Watch: FOX

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket


Spread: Dolphins -3.5 (via Vegas Insider)

The Rams are an impressive 3-2 this season, but all three wins have been at home. In fact, this team is 5-29 on the road since 2008.

Conversely, Miami has played well lately in all locations. A couple of bounces the other way during two overtime losses and the Dolphins could be 4-1. They certainly have the advantage in this game and can come out with win if they play to their ability.


Over/Under: 37.5 (via Vegas Insider)

St. Louis will struggle to score. Leading receiver Danny Amendola will not be available, which puts a lot of pressure on running back Steven Jackson to make plays against the No. 1 rushing defense in the NFL.

The Dolphins might not be able to take advantage of this until they stop giving up the football. They are fourth in the league with 12 giveaways, and it has hindered their point total. 

This is a very low line, but it is still a better option to grab the under.


Injuries (via USA Today)


S Matt Daniels (Hamstring) Prob.

DE William Hayes (Back) Quest.

LB Mario Haggan (Leg) Quest.

FB Brit Miller (Leg) Quest. 

S Quintin Mikell (Head) Quest. 

DE Eugene Sims (Head) Quest. 

DT Matt Conrath (Knee) Quest. 

WR Danny Amendola (Collarbone) Out



CB Richard Marshall (Back) Quest. 

RB Daniel Thomas (Concussion) Doubt.


Fantasy Big Plays

Dolphins: Reggie Bush

Most of Bush's production this season has come from one big game against the Oakland Raiders. However, this is a great opportunity for him to get back on track.

St. Louis has allowed 117.2 rushing yards per game this year and the running back should get more carries with Daniel Thomas likely out with a concussion. With an expected 20 to 25 touches, he should be able to get enough points to satisfy fantasy owners. 


Rams: Brandon Gibson

With Amendola out, Sam Bradford will need a new No. 1 receiver. Gibson has been silent recently after starting the season with a touchdown in each of the first two games, but he has the ability to get back to that level.

The Dolphins have allowed six touchdowns to receivers this season. Considering the team will focus on stopping Steven Jackson, Gibson should be able to run free. 


Key to Rams Victory: Replace Danny Amendola

Amendola had twice as many targets as the next highest player on the Rams. The team needs to find someone that will not only help this game, but for the duration of the receiver's collarbone injury.

Brandon Gibson will get the first crack at the job, but he has not shown in his four-year career that he can be much more than a short-yardage possession receiver. An interesting player to watch is rookie Chris Givens, who has caught a 50-yard pass in each of the last two games. 

The offense will also need more production from tight end Lance Kendricks, especially in the red zone. 


Key to Dolphins Victory: Avoid Turnovers

As previously mentioned, only three teams in football turn the ball over more often than the Dolphins, and it all begins with the rookie quarterback.

In the three losses, Ryan Tannehill has thrown six interceptions. He did not throw any in the two wins.

This seems like a pretty obvious recipe for success, but it is up to the young player to accomplish this feat. The defense will put the Dolphins in position to win the game, the offense just needs to hold onto their end of the bargain.


Prediction: Dolphins 17, Rams 13

The road woes continue for the Rams, mainly due to the solid defensive play from the Dolphins.


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