NFL Game Previews: Dolphins-Steelers Matchup
NFL Game Previews: Dolphins-Steelers Matchup

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Miami (+14.5) at Pittsburgh, 43.0 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

Could the Dolphins be getting ... better? I mean it's not like they had anywhere to go but up. After getting blown out in four straight games to begin the year, they've come out of their bye with two losses by a combined 11 points. Progress! They weren't exactly facing offensive juggernauts in Washington and Buffalo, but the defense still looked like something closer to an NFL-caliber unit, and Ryan Fitzpatrick breathed some Fitzmagic into the offense last week. Now he has to face a defense coming out of its own bye, and which has shown marked improvement since Pittsburgh lost three straight to begin the season. Rookie linebacker Devin Bush in particular was a force in Week 6, and the return of something close to the Steel Curtain would take a lot of pressure off Mason Rudolph under center, even if it might not do much to turn around a very disappointing, Roethlisberger-less campaign for JuJu Smith-Schuster.

The Skinny

MIA injuries: C Daniel Kilgore (questionable, knee), CB Xavien Howard (questionable, knee), S Reshad Jones (questionable, chest)

PIT injuries: LB Mark Barron (questionable, hamstring)

MIA DFS chalk: none

PIT DFS chalk: James Conner (MIA 31st in rushing yards allowed per game, 32nd in rushing DVOA, 32nd in passing DVOA vs. RB), Steelers DST (t-2nd in takeaways, MIA t-31st in points per game, 29th in sack percentage allowed)

MIA DFS tournament plays: none

PIT

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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