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Dolphins' retooled run game vs. Titans' terrible ground defense
The Dolphins are trying to get their groove back on the ground after having the turf pulled out from under them in recent weeks. Miami had a couple big rushing days – like 263 yards versus Oakland in Week 2 – to start the year but has since slowed down. The Fins are mustering just 3.8 yards per carry – 28th in the NFL – and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman isn’t happy about it. He’s shaking up the depth chart and focusing on the running game versus Tennessee, which is the perfect opponent to roll over.
The Titans have been road kill against the run all season, allowing 141.6 rushing yards per game (30th in the NFL). Tennessee was gashed by Chicago RB Matt Forte last weekend, allowing the Bears star to rumble for 8.6 yards per carry. Teams have gone for the throat against the Titans, calling more than 46 percent of their plays on the ground.
New York Giants QB Eli Manning (arm) has struggled in the past three games, and it might be due to a tired arm, according to NFL Films guru Greg Cosell. He and former NFL QB Ron Jaworski both reached the same conclusion independently, then received some confirmation from an outside source.
Public perception: The 49ers are regarded as one of the elite teams (topping our Vegas NFL Bettors' Poll), and it's no surprise the Rams aren't getting much love coming off their 45-7 loss to the Patriots despite coming off a bye.
Wiseguys' view: This is priced too high for the sharps to join in on the fave. There are some indications -- from watching the lines at sharp offshore books -- that we could see this line come down.