Originally posted on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 12/8/12
Lead writer Nick St. Denis and AFC East Daily contributors Dan Begnoche and Sean Donovan pick the Miami Dolphins' road battle with the NFC's San Francisco 49ers. Nick's take: Most of the talk surrounding anything 49ers involves quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but San Francisco has a lot going on defensively, too. Defensive end Aldon Smith leads the NFL with 17.5 sacks, and this week, he'll be up against rookie Jonathan Martin, who will get his first start at left tackle after playing the first 12 games of the season on the right side. That makes an already superior team that much stronger.Prediction: 49ers 26, Dolphins 13Sean's take:The Dolphins' offensive struggles will find no reprieve in San Francisco, where a pair of Smiths are poised to take advantage of Jake Long's absence. On the other side of the ball, Miami must contend with the multidimensional Kaepernick and his arsenal of weapons in the passing game. The Dolphins keep it close early, but San Francisco ultimately takes the ...
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