Don’t look now, but the Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be one of the best teams in the NFL. The same thing can’t be said about their Week 6 opponent, the Miami Dolphins, who are now 1-4 on the year. Nonetheless, the two will meet up for a duel this week.
Not only is Pittsburgh 4-1 in 2016, but the team is also ranked No. 3 in ESPN’s power rankings. The Steelers have also won two games in a row. Meanwhile, the Dolphins will enter this battle with a two-game losing streak. In terms of a ranking, Miami comes in at No. 29 in the power rankings.
For all it’s worth, Miami does get this contest at home.
Considering the Steelers are loaded with weapons on the offensive side of the ball (Le’Veon Bell, anyone?) and Miami is only averaging 17.6 points per game, it will be interesting to see if the Dolphins can outscore this Pittsburgh squad. Just in case you were wondering, the Steelers are putting up 27.8 points per game.
Now that the stage has been set, let’s get to the bold predictions.
Le’Veon Bell Has 100 Yards Rushing And 100 Yards Receiving
This might be pushing it a bit, but we are talking bold predictions here. Le’Veon is certainly capable of a monster game in which he records 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards. After all, the 24-year-old did have 88 receiving yards in Week 5. He dropped 144 rushing yards in Week 4, which was his first contest of the season.
For this prediction to come true, Bell is going to have to have an absolute field day, but let’s push the envelope a bit.
In just two games, Bell has already racked up 210 rushing yards and 122 receiving yards. Not bad for a guy who was coming off of an injury.
Ryan Tannehill Has His Best Outing Of The Season
Ryan Tannehill could use a monster performance. Not only is Miami dropping games left and right, and has the 1-4 record to prove it, but Tannehill’s starting position could be in jeopardy as well.
Here’s what ESPN had to say about the matter:
“Adam Gase was supposed to be the “quarterback whisperer,” but Ryan Tannehill’s Total QBR (37.1) is the worst it has ever been. If it doesn’t improve against the mighty Steelers, Gase might be whispering to Matt Moore, who last started a game in 2011.”
Needless to say, Tannehill could use a big game right about now. He does have the talent and weapons to make it happen. Tannehill has thrown for 4,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons. In terms of those weapons, he has Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, and Jarvis Landry to throw to.
Tannehill only had 191 passing yards last game, though, so he needs to have quite the bounce-back performance if he plans on leading the Dolphins to victory.
The Steelers Still Win By Double Figures
The Pittsburgh Steelers are stacked — there’s no other way to put it. When a team has Ben Roethlisberger, Bell, Antonio Brown, and Sammie Coates, it is very tough to stop on the offensive side of the ball.
It appears that Pittsburgh has gotten over its embarrassing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, a loss in which the Steelers went down by the score of 34-3. Since then, Pittsburgh has won back-to-back contests by a combined score of 74-27.
Any team can win on any given week in the NFL, but it’s hard to go against Pittsburgh when Big Ben is making it rain out on the football field. In Roethlisberger’s last two games, he has racked up 680 passing yards, nine touchdowns, and zero interceptions. That’s MVP-worthy right there.
Time will tell, but the Dolphins might need a mini-miracle if they plan on leaving Week 6 with a 2-4 record. Not only have they not been showing much promise on the field, but Pittsburgh is once again a trendy Super Bowl pick, and it is also firing on all cylinders right now.
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