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Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis
The Dolphins are 4-3 behind a solid defense, a good running game and a steadily improving Chad Henne. They have tough, close losses to the Steelers and Jets, as well as a game against New England where a total special teams meltdown caused them to be on the wrong end of a blowout.
Although the Wildcat offense has lost much of its effectiveness, the Dolphins are making a conventional offense work. Davone Bess is an excellent slot receiver and, of course, they also have Brandon Marshall, who can be a game-changer.
The Ravens were my preseason Super Bowl pick, and I still stand by that prediction. Their defense is 10th in the league in yards allowed, fifth in the league in points allowed and now they have Ed Reed back in the secondary. He has already made his presence felt with two interceptions in his first game back.
Looking at the previous meetings between the Ravens and Dolphins, the Wildcat is absolutely useless against the Ravens very disciplined front seven, so I'd be surprised if the Dolphins even use it.
With two good defenses and two good running games, look for a very physical battle between two possible playoff teams.
Prediction: Ravens 17, Dolphins 13