A battle of a pair of defensive teams that are coming off impressive Week 5 victories that allowed America to get a taste of how well these teams are capable of playing.
The Rams obliterated the Cardinals 17-3 as they sacked Kevin Kolb eight times and the Dolphins went on the road to upset the Bengals.
While these two offenses are not the sexiest ones out there, they both play stifling defense.
St. Louis has a pair of edge rushers that are playing as well as anybody, thanks to nine sacks on the year by Robert Quinn and Chris Long.
Throw in star linebacker James Laurinaitis and this team has legit players surrounded on the gridiron. Janoris Jenkings and Cortland Finnegan have been a solid duo in the secondary and that is why the NFL is still electric.
The defenses these days are outstanding and the overall team speed is at a new all-time high.
St. Louis still has major issues on offense and some of that is because Danny Amendola (collarbone) will be out for several weeks and he was their best playmaker on the offensive side of the ball.
Steven Jackson isn’t 100% healthy and while Darryl Richardson is a capable backup, the offense unfortunately is made-or-break by quarterback Sam Bradford.
Bradford is accustomed to be sitting on his back and his mechanics and arm have been blown up and changes so many times, but you cannot help but tip your cap to the former Heisman Trophy winner.
The Ram signal-caller has just 6 TD compared to 5 INT but 1,022 yards needs to increase a bit even without Amendola. Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens have played a decent amount and Lance Kendricks is an athletic tight end that can get open when need be.
Miami needs another mistake free game form Ryan Tannehill, and a healthier Reggie Bush would certainly help. Brian Hartline will have to get back to his video game-like numbers.
Cameron Wake, Karlos Dansby and Sean Smith continue to ball but the underrated guys such as Reshad Jones and Koa Misi will likely tee off on Bradford.
Miami has a little more momentum and their offense is much more consistent thanks to a more mobile quarterback and a better running game (better offensive line).
Network: FOX (705)
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Experts Pick: Dolphins by 3.5
Danny V’s Pick: Dolphins 21, Rams 16