Miami at Carolina pick

So with the NFL deciding to hold some games on Thursday night now (didn’t they use to wait until Thanksgiving before doing that), I figured I should start posting my Thursday night pick on Thursday.

No Ronnie Brown means no victory this week for the Dolphins.

Tonight’s game is probably not the marquee matchup the NFL was thinking about when they scheduled the game. Last year, the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins were a combined 23-9. This year, each team has a record of 4-5.

Not exactly the cream of the crop.

Anyways, the Panthers are at home, and favoured by 2 1/2.

I like the Panthers to take this one. After a slow start, they’ve come on in the last few weeks, defeating Superbowl finalists Arizona and a tough Atlanta team, and gave the undefeated New Orleans Saints a run for their money.

In fact, the Panthers have lost only two of their last six games (against the Saints and the Bills).

The Dolphins, on the other hand, are pretty much the exact same. After losing their first three, they’ve lost only two of their last six (against the Saints and the Patriots).

But the Dolphins are now missing Ronnie Brown, out for the season with an injured foot. He was the key to the Dolphins wildcat offence, and I think it will suffer a little because of it.

That’s why I like the Panthers. I think they’ll use a running game to control the clock, and to decrease the chances of Jake Delhomme throwing an interception (Delhomme has averaged 162 yards a game throwing in the past three games).

Panthers to win.

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