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Miami Dolphins vs. Arizona Cardinals 11/8/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Miami Dolphins visit the Arizona Cardinals on 11/8/2020 at 4:25PM.

Miami and Arizona face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Miami has a record of 4-3 this season. Arizona is 5-2 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Miami Team Defense Preview

Miami faces 5.9 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 32.4 yards per drive, and opponents score 1.62 points per offensive possession. On 25.9% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but 16.0% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 25.2 yard line, they usually take up 2:34 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 81.7 and on 2.6% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Miami has caused a sack rate of 6.6% this season.

Examining Miami in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 84 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 28 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 33.3%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 11 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 3 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 33.3%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 22 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 15 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 68.2%.

Miami Team Offense Preview

Miami has run 5.5 plays per drive and they generate 28.7 yards per drive, and they score 2.16 points per offensive possession. 41.8% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 11.4% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their possessions start on average at their Own 31.9 and these drives usually take up 2:41 of time.

5.0% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Miami and 3.2% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Miami has given up 11 sacks this season and there were 52 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 3.6 yards per carry and for 98.0 yards per game. This offense coughed up the ball 6 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Miami and examine various situations. They have had 82 third down attempts this season and have converted 31 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 37.8%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 4 fourth down conversion attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 3 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 75.0%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 28 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and have converted 17 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 60.7%.

Arizona Team Defense Preview

Arizona faces 6.7 plays per drive, this defense gives up 35.3 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 1.97 points per drive. On 37.3% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but on 12.0% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 28.7 and these drives typically last 3:01.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 89.1 against Arizona and 2.2% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Arizona has forced a sack rate of 6.6% this season.

We will get more situational with Arizona and examine various situations. They have faced 87 third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 32 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 36.8%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 11 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 7 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 38.5%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 27 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 12 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 44.4%.

Arizona Team Offense Preview

Arizona has run 6.3 plays per drive and they generate 37.6 yards per drive, and they score 2.63 points per offensive possession. 44.9% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 11.5% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 26.2 yard line, they usually take up 2:37 of time.

5.1% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Arizona and 2.8% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Arizona has given up 9 sacks this season and there were 38 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 5.2 yards per carry and for 160.7 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 8 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Arizona and examine various situations. They have had 87 third down attempts this season and have converted 38 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 43.7%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 7 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 6 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 85.7%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 25 Red Zone entrances this season and have converted 19 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 76.0%.

The Miami Roster

The Players to Watch for Miami

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB 6-2 228

This season, Ryan Fitzpatrick has put up 1535 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has thrown 7 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 95.0thus far this season. Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown 7 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Ryan Fitzpatrick has 135 rushing yards, which puts him in the 75.0 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 25 times this season, which puts him in the 73.21 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2 rushing touchdowns this season.

Jordan Howard RB 6-0 224

This season, Jordan Howard has 14 rushing yards on 18 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 3 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Jordan Howard picked up -3 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 1 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

DeVante Parker WR 6-3 216

This season, DeVante Parker picked up 367 yards. He caught the ball 30 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Raekwon Davis NT 6-6 311

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Miami, Raekwon Davis has 4 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 31.13 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Christian Wilkins DE 6-4 315

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Miami, Christian Wilkins has 14 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 27.19 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0.0 fumbles this season.

Eric Rowe SS 6-1 205

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Miami, Eric Rowe had 28 tackles which puts him in the 66.13 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Eric Rowe as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 69.0 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Nik Needham CB 6-0 193

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Miami, Nik Needham had 17 tackles which puts him in the 41.21 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Nik Needham as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 25.93 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Arizona Roster

The Players to Watch for Arizona

Miami Dolphins vs. Arizona Cardinals Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Miami Dolphins 21 Arizona Cardinals 26

Spread Pick: Arizona -4.5 -102 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Arizona -204 matchbook
Total Pick: Under 49.5 -114 Pinnacle Sports