Before our New York Giants play the Green Bay Packers, (4:40 p.m. ET/FOX) the Miami Dolphins (10-6) will travel to face the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5). These two teams will meet again after a surprising upset from the regular season in which the Dolphins won 30-15.
This time however, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the home team and all the signs are pointing their way. Ben Roethlisberger is a postseason tested quarterback and is a proven winner. Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins will not play Ryan Tannehill because of injury. Instead, Matt Moore will get the call to lead their offense. Forget playoff experience, Moore has not seen regular playing time in quite a bit of time.
In fact, experience is a trait that the Steelers as a whole have a major advantage in. Adam Gase has done wonders for a struggling franchise such as the Dolphins. He is the only other rookie head coach to make it to the postseason after all. However, Mike Tomlin has seen it all in the NFL playoffs and has a dearth of experience to draw from.
With perhaps the most formidable offensive trio in the NFL, Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers are massive favorites. With a ten point advantage, oddsmakers do not think this game will be close. The beauty of the NFL playoffs is that none of this truly matters and anything can happen. Let’s see if it does.