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Klee's scorecard for Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins

By: Paul Klee
December 2, 2017 Updated: December 2, 2017 at 4:16 pm
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Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas (30) scores a touchdown during the first half against the Denver Broncos during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Offense

Hard to believe, but Denver is about to go a calendar year between road wins. The last one came Dec. 4, 2016 at Jacksonville. Sunday at Miami is Dec. 3, 2017. The Broncos had no chance at Oakland with Paxton Lynch at QB. They've got a shot in Trevor Siemian's return to Florida.

Advantage: Broncos

Defense

The last time Denver played at Miami? In 2011, Tim Tebow led the greatest comeback since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Trailing 15-0 with less than 3 minutes remaining, Timmy Touchdown got 'er done against all odds. "I've always been a believer," said Von Miller, a rookie at the time.

Advantage: Broncos

Special teams

Tough season for Broncos captains, eh? Demaryius Thomas went seven games before he caught a touchdown. Aqib Talib, suspended. Siemian, benched. At least kicker Brandon McManus snapped from his slump, making 9 of 10 field-goal attempts over the past five games. Avoid the 'C.'

Advantage: Dolphins

Coaching

As bad as it's been in Colorado, the Dolphins are right there with the Broncos - if not worse. Miami has lost five straight games, with an average margin of defeat of 23 points. Ugh. Expect good buddies Adam Gase and Vance Joseph to skip the handshake and go straight for a hug.

Advantage: Dolphins

Intangibles

Count me in the crowd that sees a top-five draft pick as the Broncos' surest route back to relevancy. And the surest route to a top-five draft pick is losing. But the Broncos right now are an exception. They need a win, badly, simply to curb the negativity overwhelming Dove Valley.

Advantage: Broncos

Klee's prediction

Broncos (-1) 21, Dolphins 16 (Straight-up record: 9-2; ATS record: 9-2)

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