Both still very much alive in their respective divisional title battles, the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens meet for a Week 8 “Thursday Night Football” matchup at M&T Bank Stadium.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8:25 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CBS. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, here’s how to watch a live stream on your computer, tablet or streaming device:
Amazon Prime: If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch the game via Amazon Prime Video. You can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Amazon Video app
CBS All Access: If you don’t have Amazon Prime and aren’t interested in starting a free trial, you can also watch the game via CBS All Access, a cable-free streaming service that lets you watch a live stream of your local CBS channel. They offer a free seven-day trial.
So far in 2017, “Thursday Night Football” has been kind to those who like entertaining football. The Chiefs and Patriots began the season with 69 combined points. Two weeks later, the Rams and 49ers surprised everyone with a 41-39 instant classic. The Pats and Bucs didn’t have a lot of points but ultimately had an exciting finish. The Eagles vs. Panthers was another that came down to the final seconds, and last week’s 31-30 Raiders victory over the Chiefs was just about as good as it gets.
Well, hopefully you didn’t used to it. Because this one, at least on paper, has the makings of an ugly, low-scoring, punt fest.
The Dolphins are 31st in the NFL in scoring offense, 32nd in yards per play, 29th in Football Outsiders’ offensive efficiency rankings and are now without Jay Cutler, which may or may not be addition by subtraction. The Ravens rank 23rd, 30th and 26th in those same stats, and still have Joe Flacco, who has a QB rating better than DeShone Kizer and no one else.
One interesting aspect to watch will be Miami’s rushing offense vs. Baltimore’s rushing defense. A classic case of stoppable force vs movable object, the Dolphins rank 31st in yards per carry, while the Ravens are just 23rd in yards per carry allowed. Whether or not the Dolphins are able to get Jay Ajayi going on the ground will go a long way in determining who has the edge in this one.
The oddsmakers favor Baltimore by three points, so don’t be surprised if this is yet another Thursday night game that comes down to the final possession.