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Miami Dolphins vs. Las Vegas Raiders Pick & Prediction DEC 26TH 2020

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The Miami Dolphins head into the final two weeks of the regular season occupying the seventh and final playoff spot in the AFC. But as far as coach Brian Flores is concerned, his team must approach Saturday night's game at Las Vegas with a playoff mentality.

"Our playoff is this week against the Raiders," Flores said. "We're in a one-game season."

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The Dolphins and eighth-seed Baltimore are both 9-5 heading into this weekend's action but the Ravens, who host the New York Giants (5-9) before finishing up at Cincinnati (3-10-1), on paper have a big edge in the remaining schedule. After playing Las Vegas (7-7), which mathematically still has a very slim chance at making the playoffs, Miami must travel to Buffalo (11-3), which has already clinched the AFC East crown.

"It's good to kind of (go) through that and realize we're still playing meaningful football," Flores said.

The Dolphins, who will spend their Christmas Day flying across the country to Las Vegas, eliminated the New England Patriots from the playoff race with a 22-12 victory on Sunday. Undrafted free agent Salvon Ahmed led the way, rushing for 122 yards and a touchdown, as Miami, despite starting six rookies on offense, rushed for 250 yards, breaking the 200-yard mark on the ground in a game for the first time since Dec. 24, 2016 at Buffalo, when it ran for 261 yards.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went 20-of-26 passing for 145 yards and an interception and also rushed for two touchdowns to improve to 5-2 as a starter. The fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Alabama is completing 63.5 percent of his passes in his starts to go with nine touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Depending on how things go in practice this week, Tagovailoa could be matched up against his fellow Honolulu St. Louis High School alum, Raiders backup quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Mariota took over in relief for Derek Carr, who suffered a groin injury late in the first quarter in Thursday night's 30-27 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He went 17-of-28 passing for 226 yards with one touchdown and one interception before leaving. He also rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, with eight of his runs accounting for first downs.

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"I think that would be awesome seeing Marcus (play) because me and (linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill), we're both from Hawaii," Tagovailoa said when asked by reporters after Sunday's win about the possibility of a potential all-Hawaii quarterback battle. "Marcus is from Hawaii. Me and Marcus went to the same high school. I think that (would) be something pretty cool, something special."

However, Carr alternated snaps with Mariota in practice on Tuesday and said he's "doing everything in his power" to try and play on Saturday night.

"We'll see how it goes this week," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. "He's chomping at the bit to play. We'll do what we think is right for Derek and this team."

Carr pulled up and grabbed the inside of his left leg while trying to scramble around right end, hopping out of the bounds and heading straight to the locker room.

"I went to sprint for the end zone and it just went," he said of his groin.

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The loss to the Chargers was the fourth in the last five games for Las Vegas, which ends the regular season at Denver. The Raiders are just 5-13 (.278 percent) in December-January games since the start of 2017. Only the Carolina Panthers (4-12) have a worse mark during that span.

Three defensive starters -- safety Johnathan Abram, linebacker Nicholas Morrow and cornerback Damon Arnette -- who sat out the loss to the Chargers with concussions were limited in practice on Tuesday, while defensive end Clelin Ferrell (shoulder) remained out. Safety Erik Harris joined defensive back Daryl Worley, cornerback Isaiah Johnson and wide receiver Henry Ruggs III on the COVID-19 list while linebacker Tanner Muse was shifted to injured reserve.

Miami guard Solomon Kindley, carted off with a knee injury in Sunday's win, did not suffer any structural damage and could play Saturday. Kindley, a rookie who has started 13 games, was the only Dolphin to sit out Tuesday's practice.

--Field Level Media

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Miami Dolphins

Las Vegas Raiders

Player Position Lineup
Jerome Baker primary: Linebacker Starter
Jesse Davis primary: Right Guard Starter
Jakeem Grant Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Mack Hollins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Xavien Howard primary: Cornerback Starter
Bobby McCain primary: Safety Starter
Nik Needham primary: Linebacker Starter
Eric Rowe primary: Safety Starter
Durham Smythe primary: Tight End Starter
Andrew Van Ginkel primary: Linebacker Starter
Christian Wilkins primary: Defensive End Starter
Emmanuel Ogbah primary: Defensive End Starter
Kyle Van Noy primary: Linebacker Starter
Ereck Flowers primary: Left Guard Starter
Ted Karras primary: Center Starter
Byron Jones primary: Cornerback Starter
Tua Tagovailoa primary: Quarterback Starter
Austin Jackson primary: Left Tackle Starter
Robert Hunt primary: Right Tackle Starter
Raekwon Davis primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Salvon Ahmed primary: Runningback Starter
Lynn Bowden Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Julie'n Davenport primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Michael Deiter primary: Center Substitution
Sam Eguavoen primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ryan Fitzpatrick primary: Quarterback Substitution
Isaiah Ford primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Myles Gaskin primary: Runningback Substitution
Mike Gesicki primary: Tight End Substitution
Matt Haack primary: Punter Substitution
Patrick Laird primary: Runningback Substitution
Calvin Munson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jason Sanders primary: Kicker Substitution
Zach Sieler primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jamal Perry primary: Cornerback Substitution
Kamu Grugier-Hill primary: Linebacker Substitution
Elandon Roberts primary: Linebacker Substitution
Clayton Fejedelem primary: Safety Substitution
Noah Igbinoghene primary: Cornerback Substitution
Brandon Jones primary: Safety Substitution
Jason Strowbridge primary: Defensive End Substitution
Matt Breida primary: Runningback Substitution
Blake Ferguson primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Malcolm Perry primary: Runningback Substitution
Kavon Frazier primary: Safety Substitution
Benito Jones primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Adam Shaheen primary: Tight End Substitution
Chandler Cox primary: Fullback Not active
Adam Pankey primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
DeVante Parker primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Shaq Lawson primary: Defensive End Not active
Solomon Kindley primary: Guard Not active
DeAndre Washington primary: Runningback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Johnathan Abram primary: Strong Safety Starter
Trent Brown primary: Right Tackle Starter
Derek Carr primary: Quarterback Starter
Maxx Crosby primary: Defensive End Starter
Denzelle Good primary: Left Guard Starter
Johnathan Hankins primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Rodney Hudson primary: Center Starter
Maurice Hurst primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Gabe Jackson primary: Right Guard Starter
Josh Jacobs primary: Runningback Starter
Lamarcus Joyner primary: Free Safety Starter
Kolton Miller primary: Left Tackle Starter
Trayvon Mullen primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Hunter Renfrow primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Darren Waller primary: Tight End Starter
Nelson Agholor primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Cory Littleton primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Carl Nassib primary: Defensive End Starter
Henry Ruggs III primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Damon Arnette primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Raekwon McMillan primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Daryl Worley primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Daniel Carlson primary: Kicker Substitution
Derek Carrier primary: Tight End Substitution
AJ Cole primary: Punter Substitution
Alec Ingold primary: Fullback Substitution
Andre James primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Isaiah Johnson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Zay Jones primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Arden Key primary: Defensive End Substitution
Nevin Lawson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Dallin Leavitt primary: Safety Substitution
Foster Moreau primary: Tight End Substitution
Keisean Nixon primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jalen Richard primary: Runningback Substitution
Kyle Wilber primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kendal Vickers primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jason Witten primary: Tight End Substitution
Trent Sieg primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Maliek Collins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Bryan Edwards primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
John Simpson primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Javin White primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sam Young primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Devontae Booker primary: Runningback Substitution
James Onwualu primary: Linebacker Substitution
Rashaan Gaulden primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Vic Beasley Jr. primary: Defensive End Substitution
Clelin Ferrell primary: Defensive End Not active
Brandon Parker primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Nathan Peterman primary: Quarterback Not active
Marcus Mariota primary: Quarterback Did not play
Amik Robertson primary: Cornerback Not active
Theo Riddick primary: Runningback Not active
Chris Smith primary: Defensive End Not active

Miami Dolphins

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 37 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Derek Carr
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 39 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 23 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • Period 3
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 20 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 10 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Myles Gaskin
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Sanders
    • Passer: Tua Tagovailoa
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 22 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 44 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 59 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Myles Gaskin
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Sanders
    • Passer: Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 85 Yards
    • Passer: Derek Carr
    • Pass Receiver: Nelson Agholor
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 22 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • Match End


Last 10

W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Buffalo L 26 - 56
  • @Las Vegas W 26 - 25
  • New England W 12 - 22
  • Kansas City L 33 - 27
  • Cincinnati W 7 - 19
  • @N.Y. Jets W 20 - 3
  • @Denver L 13 - 20
  • L.A. Chargers W 21 - 29
  • @Arizona W 34 - 31
  • L.A. Rams W 17 - 28
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Denver W 32 - 31
  • Miami L 26 - 25
  • L.A. Chargers L 30 - 27
  • Indianapolis L 44 - 27
  • @N.Y. Jets W 31 - 28
  • @Atlanta L 6 - 43
  • Kansas City L 35 - 31
  • Denver W 12 - 37
  • @L.A. Chargers W 31 - 26
  • @Cleveland W 16 - 6

Last Meetings

  • Dolphins @ Raiders 26-25
  • Raiders @ Dolphins 20-28
  • Raiders @ Dolphins 27-24
  • Dolphins @ Raiders 38-14
  • Raiders @ Dolphins 13-35
  • Raiders @ Dolphins 14-34
  • Dolphins @ Raiders 33-17
  • Raiders @ Dolphins 15-17
  • Raiders @ Dolphins 35-17

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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