NFL Week 10 Preview & Odds: Dolphins vs. Lions

Neither the Detroit Lions nor the Miami Dolphins made the postseason last year, but both are playing like playoff teams so far this season.  Sunday’s matchup between the Lions and Dolphins (1:00 p.m. Eastern on CBS) will bring the winner that much closer this year’s postseason.

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Miami Dolphins at Detroit Lions (-3, 41.5 o/u)

Neither the Detroit Lions nor the Miami Dolphins made the postseason last year, but both are playing like playoff teams so far this season.  Sunday’s matchup between the Lions and Dolphins (1:00 p.m. Eastern on CBS) will bring the winner that much closer this year’s postseason.

The 5-3 Dolphins have won three straight and are coming off their most dominant victory in the last 20 years after thrashing San Diego to the tune of 37-0 last week.  Their offense has been especially potent of late.

“You saw where they had the wide splits on the outside, a quarterback that can run, he’s throwing the ball well, backs that can move it and receivers that can run and catch,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said of Miami’s offense.  “Just across the board, they give you all types of problems and difficulties.

“That’s one of those teams that you can tell just keeps getting better and better each week.”

Detroit will try to stop the Dolphins’ momentum, and it helps that the Lions have one of the league’s best defenses.  The 6-2 Lions are allowing just 15.8 points per game and giving up 290.4 total yards on the season, both of which are tops in the NFL.

“We’re the top defense,” Lions safety James Ihedigbo said.  “People say it … it’s not something we said ourselves.  That’s the standard that we’ve set across the NFL.  That’s the standard we’ve set in this building.”

Detroit will have all-world wide receiver Calvin Johnson back at full strength this week.  He and the emergent Golden Tate could present huge matchup problems for the Dolphins’ defense.  Running back Reggie Bush will also likely return from injury Sunday.

Detroit is currently a slim 3-point favorite in this one.  The over/under is at 41.5.

(Photo credit: Ed Yourdon [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.)