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Kickoff Time and Network: 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Three of the Dolphins' first five games of the season come against playoff teams, and they cap that five-game stretch with a contest against the Super Bowl champions.
With a significant amount of turnover on their defense (six starters no longer with the team), the Ravens are far from the same team that took the field in New Orleans and won the Lombardi Trophy.
The growing pains on defense should be eased by a front seven that still has talent with Marcus Spears, Elvis Dumervil and Rolando McClain added to make that unit more athletic.
That group should give the Dolphins offensive line a tough go of it, but if Tannehill plays anything like he did in 2012 while under pressure, he should be okay to find open receivers against a Ravens secondary that lacks depth.
The bigger question is whether the Dolphins can get pressure on Joe Flacco and throw a wrench in the Ravens' aerial attack. Their run defense will be tested by Ray Rice, but if they can slow him down and force Flacco to beat them, they could be better off for it.
The Ravens don't have great depth at receiver now with Anquan Boldin gone, but new Dolphins linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler will also have their hands full with tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson over the middle.
This one will be close. The Dolphins are fortunate to get the Ravens on the road, where they were 4-4 last year and averaged just 18 points per game. Picking up a win over a Super Bowl champion is a big accomplishment, especially since it lifts Miami back over .500.
Prediction: Dolphins 27, Ravens 19