Post staff predictions: Won’t be easy for Dolphins in Pittsburgh

What are our Dolphins writers expecting on Sunday when the Fins travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in the wild-card round of the playoffs?

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) pulls in an on side kick at Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones (45) defends in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 16, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) pulls in an on side kick at Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones (45) defends in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 16, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

STAFF PREDICTIONS

Joe Schad, Beat writer

Too much Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Too many key Dolphins injuries, especially the absence of three starting defensive backs. A bad — and let’s be honest, expected — loss will not dampen all that was accomplished this season. Steelers 28, Dolphins 14

Jason Lieser, Beat writer

It’ll be tough for the Dolphins to go into sub-freezing temperatures and win, but they’ll be competitive. Pittsburgh was just one game better in the regular season, yet lost to them by two touchdowns and gave up 474 yards to the Miami offense in that game. The Dolphins should put up some points, but not quite enough to keep up with one of the NFL’s most skilled offenses. Steelers 27, Dolphins 24

Hal Habib, Beat writer

The question I’m getting is whether the Fins have a chance. Well, the Browns just trampled over the Steelers D for 231 rushing yards. Anyone hear a train whistle off in the distance? Yes, they have a chance, but it’s impossible to pick against Pittsburgh at home, especially with Antonio Brown-Ben Roethlisberger vs. Miami’s banged-up secondary. Steelers 24, Dolphins 21

Dave George, Columnist

Logic says that Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown will do much more than they did in that Week 6 game at Miami. The wise guys in Las Vegas don’t seem to have much doubt about it either. After all that’s happened this season, however, why be shy? If Jay Ajayi and the run game can get rumbling again and Matt Moore avoids turnovers, anything can happen. Dolphins 20, Steelers 19

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