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PHUKET: The Miami Dolphins’ hopes for an AFC playoff berth are rosier than ever after a solid 22-9 win at home over AFC East rivals the Buffalo Bills on Thursday Night Football, the first game of Week 11.

The win lifted the Dolphins to a respectable 6-4 and put them at the top of the pack in the hunt for a Wild Card playoff berth in the AFC, while Buffalo fell to 5-5 and would likely have to win out for a chance to slip into post season play – not likely given a very tough schedule that includes away games at both New England (7-2) and Denver (7-2), not to mention a home game against a resurgent Green Bay (6-3).

The Dolphins’ steadily improving young quarterback Ryan Tannehill was able to move the ball more steadily as the game went on, using a balanced attack featuring running back Lamar Miller (15 carries for 86 yards) as well as quick passes that effectively negated the Bills biggest weapon: its highly-feared pass rush.

Buffalo, under veteran QB Kyle Ortin, had trouble moving the ball but kept the game close in the first half. But the league’s worst red zone offence had to settle for just three field goals in each of the first four quarters and failed to convert on two big turnovers that left them in great field position.

In fact, the Bills’ anemic offense seemed to get worse as the game wore on, totaling just 15 yards total offense on its final five possessions.

A missed field goal and two horrific calls (“roughing the passer” and “intentional grounding” resulting in a safety) that worked against the Bills late in the game were the final nails in the coffin for a Buffalo team that had surprised many this season by even making it to five wins.

The real key to the win was the Dolphins’ solid defense, which held Ortin to under 200 yards and passing their leading back Anthony Dixon to just 35 yards on 10 carries.

Week 11 Big Games

Philadelphia Eagles (7-2) at Green Bay Packers (6-3): [4:25am FOX] Like most good matchups, this is a tale of two quarterbacks. Two-time Super Bowl champ Aaron Rodgers and his surging Packers will take on the Philadelphia Eagles under QB Mark Sanchez, the former New York Jets QB who is getting a new lease on life by filling in for the injured Nick Foles.

Both teams are coming off huge prime time wins, the Eagles in Sanchez’ first game a 45-21 rout of the Carolina Panthers, while the Packers turned in a showcase 55-14 demolition of a highly disappointing Chicago Bears on Sunday night.

The advantage has to go to the Packers at home, but a win by the Eagles could add more momentum to the fairy tale resurgence of Sanchez, who left the media circus surrounding his old team the New York Jets with the lingering memory of the infamous “butt fumble” and QB controversy with Tim Tebow.

Somchai’s pick: Packers
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New England Patriots (7-2) at Indianapolis Colts (6-3): [8:30am, NBC] The Colts, playing in the friendly confines of Lucas Oil Field, go in as slight point spread favorites against Tom Brady and the Patriots, who are coming off a bye week following a huge home win against archrivals for AFC supremacy the Denver Broncos (7-2).

With Andrew Luck, Indianapolis have the best young franchise quarterback in the game, but thus far Bill Belichick and the Patriots have had his number, including in their playoff game last year. The fans in Indy will no doubt be cheering to see this encounter reverse that trend.

Somchai’s pick: Indy.

Detroit Lions (7-2) at Arizona Cardinals (8-1): [4:25am, FOX] The teams with the two best records in the NFC face off in an inter-divisional game to see which will get fast-tracked to the top seed in the NFC playoffs.

Despite playing at home, the Cardinals will have to play without quarterback Carson Palmer, who went down with a season-ending ACL injury last week. His replacement for the remainder of the campaign will be respected journeyman QB Drew Stanton, who has appeared in four games this year with a 49.5 per cent completion rate, 614 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover.

Stanton will have his hands full on Sunday against the Detroit defense, the top rated unit in the NFL.

Somchai’s pick: Lions.

Seattle Seahawks (6-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (6-3): [1am FOX] After a shaky start, the reigning Super Bowl champs will take three straight wins into Arrowhead Stadium. QB Alex Smith and the Chiefs are not a high-powered offense, but consistency and a strong defense has made them once again one of the hottest teams in the NFL, with four wins in a row.

Both of these teams play a lot better at home than on the road.

Somchai’s pick: Seahawks.

— Somchai Huasaikul

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Burmese man busted with 20 kilograms of kratom

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A Myanmar man has been busted with 20 kilograms of kratom after he illegally crossed a natural border into Thailand in the southern Muang district in Prachuap Khiri Khan. Border patrol police and administrative officials were patrolling Ban Hup Phueng, a village near the natural pass on the Myanmar border, when they noticed a man walking with a shoulder bag.

45 year old San Nyunt was then arrested after police found his shoulder bag containing the kratom leaves. Kratom, is a mild narcotic, which has been categorised as an illegal drug in Thailand. San was then charged with illegal entry and possession of illicit drugs.

Such arrests of illegal border crossing have been more prevalent in recent months as the province has stepped up surveillance of the border due to the Covid-10 pandemic.

Source: Bangkok Post

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The Pattaya to Hua Hin bridge. Government discusses 900 billion baht investment.

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The government is looking into a so-called “Thai Bridge” that would connect Pattaya to Hua Hin, an estimated 900 billion baht investment. The project would be part of the Eastern Economic Corridor development plan aimed at improving the transportation and infrastructure in Thailand.

The 900 billion baht investment is expected to take 10 years to financially implement, according to chairperson of the government’s committee for the Mobilisation of Economic Management Measures, Pailin Chuchottaworn. The Centre for Economic Situation Administration has approved the investment project to move forward with a pre-feasibility study by the EEC’s policy committee.

“We have to admit that 900 billion baht is a huge amount of money, but it is reasonable when considering its final results. It is also cheaper than some other mega projects that are currently being accelerated. We also planned to hire local Thai people and buy local materials for the construction to reduce the cost as well.”

The bridge would join other mega-projects by the EEC like a high speed rail that will link the major airports in Bangkok… Don Mueang Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport and U-Tapao Airport (south of Pattaya). The train is expected to travel at 250 kilometres per hour. Another project is the renovation and extension of the U-Tapao International Airport. The EEC says the project will bring in 60 million passengers a year and is expected to be in operation by 2024.

The Pattaya to Hua Hin bridge. Government discusses 900 billion baht investment. | News by The Thaiger

The 80 to 100 kilometre bridge will most likely connect Pattaya to Hua Hin (likely to be just south of Pattaya in Sattahip), but also connect many provinces in the South. The bridge would likely increase tourism in Hua Hin. Pattaya draws in a larger crowd than Hua Hin with 10 times more tourists than the southern district, Pailin says.

The bridge will also need to allow shipping to traverse the Gulf of Thailand to Laem Chabang in Chon Buri.

“In truth, the tourists want to travel to both cities but they choose Pattaya first partly because Chon Buri has more attractions and more convenient transportation options. Many projects are also being built in Chonburi and the EEC in the coming future, such as a three-airport monorail and a city monorail which will potentially attract more travelers to the area, while none of the projects in the other tourist cities in the Gulf of Thailand were discussed.”

SOURCES: Pattaya News | EEC

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8,000 homes inundated in Nakhon Ratchasima after 2 days of torrential rain

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The Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is urging emergency services and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in the Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima, in Thailand’s north east, to urgently attend to the suffering of the region’s flood victims. Flooding has cut electricity and water supplies to several areas around the district.

8,000+ houses have been flooded after the overflowing Lam Takong River inundated nearby farming and residential communities. The flooding follows days of heavy rain, especially in the Khao Yai mountainous area, in the province’s south west.

Nakhon Ratchasima Governor Vichien Chanthanothai has attended the region’s worst hit areas today to distribute relief supplies, lunch boxes and survival kits to flood victims. Most have stayed in their flooded homes with family and to protect their property.

“It will take another day for flood waters to recede and the situation will gradually return to normal.”

But Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department reports that the recent rains in Pak Chong have been an enormous help to the Lam Phra Ploeng and Khun Dan Prakanchon dams, which were almost empty earlier this year.

• Lam Phra Ploeng reservoir is now 93% full, with 145 million cubic metres of water

• Khun Dan Prakanchon reservoir is 96% full, with 216 million cubic metres of water

In Phetchaburi, south of Bangkok, more than 400 homes in the Nong Ya Plong district, north of the province, along with the Petkasem highway near the main Cha-am intersection, were flooded earlier today after 2 days of heavy rain in the province. Flood waters, in areas north west of Hua Hin, have now receded after train tracks through parts of Phetchaburi were inundated under 10 cm of floodwater earlier today.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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