. Hayes was injured during the team’s 28-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. He sacked quarterback Derek Carr ear
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:55 am
Last week: 6-6Weeks 1 through 12: 79-81-5Home team shown in bold. Odds taken from Odds Shark.Green Bay (-13.5) vs. ArizonaThe Packers might be a long shot to make the playoffs , but they are still really good at home.<em>Pick: Green Bay (-13.5)</em>Atlanta (-2.5) vs. BaltimoreLike the Packers, the Falcons are a lot better at home. Lamar Jackson vs. Matt Ryan has potential to be a lot of fun, but I think the vet takes it over the rook.<em>Pick: Atlanta (-2.5)</em>Miami (-3.5) vs. BuffaloJosh Allen played well last week against a scuffling Jaguars team, but can he put it together for two games in a row? I have my doubts. I’ll take Miami.<em>Pick: Miami (-3.5)</em>Carolina (-3) vs. Tampa BayDivisional games are normally tight, but the Panthers <em>need</em> this win. They can’t afford to lose their fourth in a row, and I don’t think they will.<em>Pick: Carolina (-3)</em>Chicago (-3.5) vs. New York Giants It’s Chase Daniel again this week for the Bears. If he plays well again , which team is going to give him a multi-year deal this offseason? Some GM out there just might.<em>Pick: Chicago (-3.5)</em>Houston (-5.5) vs. ClevelandFresh off the Hue Jackson revenge game, the Browns (especially Baker Mayfield) have had plenty to say this week. They’ll want to back it up with another solid performance, so this one stays close. Plus, the Texans are due for a clunker.<em>Pick: Cleveland (+5.5)</em>Denver (-5) vs. Cincinnati Jeff Driskel will get a start in place of Andy Dalton for the Bengals this week, and if he plays well things might start to get a little interesting in Cincinnati. However, the Broncos are quietly playing some good ball. I’ll take them.<em>Pick: Denver (-5)</em>Indianapolis (-4) vs. Jacksonville The Jaguars are a mess.<em>Pick: Indianapolis (-4)</em>Los Angeles Rams (-10) vs. DetroitThe Rams are coming off a bye after that thrilling Monday Night Football victory a few weeks back. The Lions are also coming off a mini-bye of sorts after losing to Chase Daniel on Thanksgiving. Give me the Rams.<em>Pick: Los Angeles Rams (-10)</em>Kansas City (-14) vs. Oakland The Raiders are a mess.<em>Pick: Kansas City (-14)</em>Tennessee (-9.5) vs. New York JetsI know the Jets aren’t good by any means , but 9.5 is a lot here. I think this game gets mucked up and ends up closer than people think.<em>Pick: New York Jets (+9.5)</em>New England (-5) vs. MinnesotaA matchup of two teams that haven’t really been as good as we thought they would be this year. Prediction: Kirk Cousins and Tom Brady both put up some big numbers.<em>Pick: New England (-5)</em>Seattle (-10) vs. San FranciscoThe Seahawks just keep on winning games. It may stop sometime, but not against the 49ers.<em>Pick: Seattle (-10)</em>Pittsburgh (-3) vs. Los Angeles ChargersThe Bolts are still looking for that signature win. There’s no better time to get it than in Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football.<em>Pick: Los Angeles Chargers (+3)</em>Philadelphia (-6) vs. WashingtonIf the Eagles can’t get on track at home against a Colt McCoy-led Redskins team, they aren’t going to get back on track.<em>Pick: Philadelphia (-6)</em>William Hayes injury costs Dolphins defensive lineman season The Miami Dolphins have lost defensive end William Hayes for the season with an ACL injury, according to head coach Adam Gase. Hayes was injured during the team’s 28-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. He sacked quarterback Derek Carr early in the second quarter, with his knee appearing to buckle slightly just as the two players were heading to the ground and the defensive lineman tried to adjust himself to avoid landing with his full body weight on the quarterback. Hayes immediately reached toward his leg, then crawled in pain through the endzone before trainers came out to get him.He was able to walk off the field and into the locker room. Hayes has been working both as a run-stuffing defensive end and an inside pass-rush defensive tackle this year. He was a key piece in Miami’s ability to rotate linemen consistently , keeping players fresh throughout the game and giving the team versatility in their pass rush.According to NFL Rule 12, Section 2, subparagraph b (emphasis added):The league has made this rule a point of emphasis this year, with high visibility moments of it being called, especially against the Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews, occurring every week. Hayes wrapped up Carr on the sack , then tried to avoid landing on Carr with “all or most” of his weight. Instead of making what would simply be a tackle if it were to occur to anyone else on the field, the league requires a pass rusher to contort himself into an unnatural position to try to avoid his weight landing on top of a player he is trying to wrestle to the ground. In this case, it cost Hayes his season.With Hayes out, the Dolphins likely will look to free agency to fill his role on the defensive line. Former Dolphins third-round pick Kendall Langford returned to Miami this summer during the preseason after spending time with the St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints , and Houston Texans over the past six season, and could be a target to find Hayes’ replacement.