The Baltimore Ravens host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in a Week 13 matchup both teams need a win in order to tighten their grip on an AFC playoff spot.
The Ravens (6-5) are 3-1 since their bye week and are looking to keep pace ahead of the Steelers in Bengals in the race for the AFC North title. The AFC North is unlikely to get two temas into the NFL Playoffs, and with the Ravens holding the tiebreaker over the Steelers, a win over the Dolphins will distance themselves from the rest of the pack
But the Dolphins (7-4) have quietly won six straight games and not only hold good positioning in the AFC Wild Card picture, but are not far behind the AFC East-leading Patriots.
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Jay Ajayi has cooled off in recent weeks following consecutive weeks with at least 200 yards rushing. But quarterback Ryan Tannehill has stepped up his game at a pivotal time. The key to victory for the Ravens will undoubtedly be how much their stellar defense can stymie Ajayi, Tannehill and the Dolphins offense, coupled with Joe Flacco controlling the game, limiting turnovers.
Expect this to be yet another close game. Eight of the Ravens' 11 games have been decided by seven points or less, which means we cna expect to see Justin Tucker called upon in the clutch. The fifth-year kicker has yet to miss a field goal attempt this season and set an NFL record in Week 12, making three field goals of at least 50 yards in the same quarter.
Trying to predict Ravens vs. Dolphins is not easy. The Ravens are three-point favorites heading into the game, but the matchup feels closer to a "pick 'em." CSN Insider Clifton brown made his prediction, and breaks down the five factors needed to do so.
Ravens vs. Dolphins kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium on CBS. But the action begins at Noon with Chris Miller and Brad Jackson on Ravens Kickoff on CSN. (Channel Finder)
CSN Mid-Atlantic is here with the latest live updates, scores, stats, highlights, videos, and analysis from Week 13 Ravens vs. Dolphins. Be sure to give us your thoughts on the game in the comment section below.
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Ravens vs. Dolphins Live Updates
SECOND QUARTER: Ravens 24, Dolphins 0
2:20 PM: Justin Tucker from 55 yards is basically automatic. Ravens lead 24-0 at the half.
2:19 PM: Ravens keep moving down the field. But Flacco can't ground the ball in time and Justin Tucker comes out to kick a 55-yard FG.
2:15 PM: Ravens CB Jimmy Smith, who missed the last two weeks with a back injury, is being looked at on the sidelines after colliding with Jarvis Landry. The Ravens can illafford another injury in the secondary.
2:12 PM: Just a disasterous first half for the Dolphins, a team entering Week 13 with six straight wins. Tannehill mishandles a snap and falls on the ball way behind the line of scrimmage. But as we've seen in the past, teams have come out from the locker room with a whole new mentality against the Ravens.
2:05 PM: This is the story of the game so far.
2:03 PM: FLACCO TO PITTA, PART DEAUX! Good guys lead 21-0
2:00 PM: Ravens convert on a key fourth down to keep the drive moving. The Dolphins have not been able to get Joe Flacco and company off the field.
1:58 PM: Ravens announce CB Tavon Young is questionable for return with a shoulder injury.
1:50 PM: This has been a textbook Ravens' first half. Controling the tempo, not bending on defense. The big question is when when they deviate from the gameplan and hang on for dear life?
1:46 PM: The Dolphins have been able to mvoe the ball, but aren't making big plays, which is resulting in their drives stalling out. Four possessions have ended in two punts, an INT and a missed FG.
1:40 PM: A beautiful interception by Webb is confirmed but basically taken away, because on the very next play, Joe Flacco throws an INT, giving the ball back to the Dolphins.
1:38 PM: Tannehill looks to the corner of the end zone with a deep pass and it looks like Lardarius Webb comes up with a beautiful interception. Wild play. Webb looks banged up, but WOW that was pretty.
FIRST QUARTER: Ravens 14, Dolphins 0
1:35 PM: That does it for the first quarter. The Ravens pitched a first-quarter shutout for the fifth straight game.
1:30 PM: Our first bit of in-game injury news. Kiko Alonso, the team's leading tackler, is out with a hand injury.
1:28 PM: Dolphins player slips up on the kickoff return. That's the second time it's happened today. No bueno.
1:24 PM: There goes that man again. Flacco to Pitta for the touchdown. That was a good drive and a great start for the Ravens. Joe Flacco is now 11-for-14 for 136 yards and two touchdown passes. That was Pitta's first touchdown of the year and the first time all season the Ravens have opened a game with back-to-back TDs.
1:22 PM: Joe Flacco continues to pick apart the Dolphins. A heavy dose of Joe Flacco.
1:20 PM: Joe Flacco finds Dennis Pitta over the middle, and the Ravens tight end uses his legs to stretch it out for a huge game. Hold the phone. This one is coming back because of a holding penalty on Vladimir Ducasse. Fiddlesticks.
1:18 PM: The Dolphins' first drive stalls and they settle for a field goal attempt. AND THEY MISS IT! The Ravens will take over after Franks' 48-yard miss.
1:15 PM: Dolphins come out with a heavy dose of Jay Ajayi. The brusing back plows ahead on a series of runs, then blows up Jerraud Powers' tackle attempt for a 19-yard run. He good.
1:12 PM: Now THIS is a stat. Now, granted, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise if you've watched every Ravens game this season. They typically start fast and have to hold on tight down the stretch. It's wildly entertaining, it's just not the greatest tactic for self-preservation.
1:09 PM: Perfect start for the Ravens. Eight plays, 79 yards. Steve Smith makes a big catch, and the Flacco carved up the Dolphins' defense, compelting passes to six different receivers. Ravens finish it off with a 3-yard pass to Terrance West. 7-0, good guys.
1:03 PM: The Dolphins won the toss and deferred. Devin Hester fields the punt and gets it out to the 23-yard line.
12:55 PM: It's almost go-time. Which, means it's time to predict the final score of Ravens vs. Dolphins.
Clifton Brown: Ravens 20, Dolphins 17
Troy Machir: Dolphins 20, Ravens 19
12:40 PM: The current temperature outside M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is a balmy 46 degrees. It's blusterly and cool, with 5-10mph winds. It's perfect football weather.
12:35 PM: Hope you are tuning in to Ravens Kickoff on CSN. If you aren't, you're missing Chris Miller and Brad Jackson wearing Christmas sweaters because it's that time of the year.
12:00 PM: Jimmy Smith and Kamar Aiken are both suiting up today. You can find the full list of inactive players right here.
11:45 AM: Also joining me on this wonderful voyage of Ravens football is CSN's Clifton Brown, Bo Smolka and Brent Harris, who are anchoring our coverage at M&T Bank Stadium today.
11:30 AM: Welcome to CSN Mid-Atlantic's live blog for Week 13 Ravens vs. Dolphins. I am your esteemed host Troy Machir. You'll want to follow me on Twitter, so you can criticize me for my #bias analysis and bad sports takes.