Will the suddenly rising Dolphins win the fourth game in a row? – Mercury News

Dolphins (4-7) at the Panthers (5-6), Sunday at 13, FOX

Last line: Panthers are preferred with 1 1/2 points. Above / below: 42.

Dave Hyde, sports columnist (season record: 6-5): Dolphins 24, Carolina 20

The Dolphins have found some confidence the last few weeks as well as their dominant defense. Cam Newton had a great first week back in Carolina. But this is a good set-up for the Dolphins to win their fourth game in a row and help save a disappointing season – and maybe more coaching jobs.

Omar Kelly, Dolphins Columnist (Season Record: 7-4): Dolphins 21, Panthers 17

I feel like I believe too much in a team that lost seven games in a row earlier in the season, but the Dolphins are warming up and Tua Tagovailoa’s precision and efficiency give the team a chance to win every Sunday. Brian Flores just needs to get his support system – receivers, tailbacks and offensive linemen – to play better, giving the improved defense a chance to secure a win.

David Furones, Dolphins Writer (Season Record: 7-4): Dolphins 20, Panthers 17

It will be tough against this Panthers defense that gets pressure on the quarterback and is No. 1 in the passing defense, but the Dolphins should be driving momentum at home against another sub-.500 team. The defense carries the Dolphins, and the offensive finds ways to put together a few touchdown drives, or perhaps the defense can create a turnover that changes the game. Knowing Panthers quarterback Cam Newton from him spent last year in New England also helps. Miami was to pull one out in the same way as the Week 1 victory over the Patriots.

Kathy Laughlin, Sports Editor (Season Record: 7-4): Dolphins 23, Panthers 20

Quarterback Cam Newton’s return triggered Carolina last week, and running back Christian McCaffrey makes the Panthers’ rushing play even more dangerous. Can the Dolphins defense keep the lid on these two? The defense has looked stronger lately, especially against the Ravens’ impressive offensive. It’s getting close, but I think Tua Tagovailoa will be good enough to get enough points on the board and the Dolphins defense will get it done at home.

Keven Lerner, assistant sports editor (season record: 7-4): Panthers 23, Dolphins 20

Carolina leads the league in passing defense and has the No. 2 overall defense in the NFL. Panthers linebacker Haason Reddick leads the NFC with 10 1/2 sacks and has 18 sacks in his last 15 games. The Dolphins’ fighting offensive line will be hard pressed to slow him down. On offense, Christian McCaffrey and Cam Newton should move the ball against the Dolphins’ defense in 29th place.

Steve Svekis, assistant sports editor (season record: 6-5): Panthers 19, Dolphins 13

Carolina has allowed 114.5 rushing yards a game, good for a mediocre 19th place in the league, but that middle ranking hides a deeper statistical truth: In four of their 10 games, they have allowed a total of 784 yards on the ground (196.0 per game). match) against teams in the top half of the NFL in running yards per game. match. They have locked the teams for whom running is more of a challenge with 62.2 yards a game. Dolphins average 77.4 yards per game. fight on the ground, second worst in the NFL. If Carolina can handle Miami’s second and third downturns of long yardage, it could be a long day.

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