Post staff predictions: Expect a close one between Dolphins-Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is stopped for a short gain by Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith (24), Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) and Miami Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall (31) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sept. 30, 2012. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is stopped for a short gain by Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith (24), Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) and Miami Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall (31) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sept. 30, 2012. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

What are our Dolphins writers expecting on Sunday when the Fins host the Arizona Cardinals at Hard Rock Stadium?

STAFF PREDICTIONS

Joe Schad

The idea from Miami’s perspective is that last week was a wake-up call. But what if it was a reality check? What if Miami can’t stop running back David Johnson and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald? What if banged-up Branden Albert and Laremy Tunsil can’t hold up against pass-rushers Calais Campbell and Chandler Jones? What if Miami should not be favored? Cardinals 23, Dolphins 21

Jason Lieser

Losing this one would put the Dolphins in a spot where they must win their final three to have any shot at the postseason, and they’ll have their hands full with Arizona. Despite a 5-6-1 record and the cross-country travel, the Cardinals have a better point differential than Miami and rank top-nine in total offense and defense. Cardinals 27, Dolphins 24

Hal Habib

Every time my fingers start to type reasons the Dolphins will win, visions dance through my head of David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald picking up where the less-talented Ravens offense left off, frolicking through Miami’s patchwork defense. If Miami wins, it’ll be via Jay Ajayi crashing the 1,000-yard mark. Cardinals 24, Dolphins 23

Dave George

Carson Palmer has been sacked 34 times, second only to Colts QB Andrew Luck, so he’ll be looking to get rid of the ball quickly. If the Dolphins aren’t prepared for that after what Joe Flacco did last week, shame on them. Also, the Cardinals have been to the East Coast three times this year and lost each time. Dolphins 22, Cardinals 20

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