Packers or Dolphins? How we're picking it

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Weston Hodkiewicz (5-0)

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Packers 24, Dolphins 17

The Packers scored 80 points in a span of four days thanks to finding their offensive rhythm and defensive stability. But will it continue? Offensively, it probably comes down to whether Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy can continue their recent upswing. The Dolphins are trying to run a more up-tempo offense, but Ryan Tannehill simply isn't in Aaron Rodgers' class. If Dom Capers' defense can contain the Dolphins' multi-faceted ground attack, there's no reason why the Packers shouldn't be able to cover a modest 3-point spread.

Robert Zizzo (5-0)

Dolphins 24, Packers 21

Green Bay typically does not play well in hot weather. Since 2008, the Packers are 0-4 when playing road games in temperatures 72 degrees and higher. The forecast for Miami on Sunday afternoon is in the high-80s. That will drain Green Bay's defense, which allows opponents to convert third downs 49 percent of the time, and hinder its ability to keep a strong running offense off the field. The key for the Packers is to get ahead early. If not, it's back to .500.

Pete Dougherty (4-1)

Dolphins 28, Packers 27

The Packers have played good games back to back and have a big edge at quarterback. But they're also 1-6 in Miami and aren't used to the 80-plus-degree heat they'll be playing in. Miami ranks No. 8 in scoring defense and runs the ball well, so the question is whether Ryan Tannehill does anything to take the Dolphins out of the game. The guess here is he plays just well enough to win a squeaker.

Ryan Wood (4-1)

Packers 31, Dolphins 20

Coming off a bye, the Dolphins have had two weeks to prepare for the Packers. (Three, if you consider their last opponent was the Oakland Raiders.) That's an awful lot of time to not face (quality) competition. Meanwhile, Green Bay found its mojo last week. In two divisional games, the offense scored 80 points. Aaron Rodgers tossed seven touchdowns and no interceptions. With Eddie Lacy seemingly back on track, the Dolphins have a tall task to face inside their home stadium. Green Bay's offense is red-hot, and Miami's heat won't be slowing it down.

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