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Gamenight- Dolphins look to continue their roll at Baltimore

Roy Cummings

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What: Miami Dolphins (4-2) vs. Baltimore Ravens (3-4)

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

When: 8:25 p.m.

Latest line/Over-under: Dolphins +3.5/37.5

Why you should watch

Everybody loves a quarterback controversy and one may be brewing in Miami, where Matt Moore stepped in for an injured Jay Cutler last week and sparked the Dolphins game-winning rally in their 31-28 victory over the Jets. The word from inside the Dolphins camp is that Cutler will step back under center just as soon as he’s capable but Moore could force a change of plans if he keeps playing at the level he did a week ago. Moore doesn’t have Cutler’s experience, but the Dolphins seem to respond to him a bit better than they do Cutler, who has struggled to find his rhythm inside the Miami attack this year. Dolphins fans were chanting for Moore just a few weeks ago and now they’ve got him. They’ll keep chanting for him, and rightfully so, if he can keep their winning streak alive.

Key on: Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi

Ajayi has had a rather uneven season so far. He’s had a couple of true Ajayi-like games, running 28 times for 122 yards in the season opener against the Chargers and 26 times for 130 yard against the Falcons, but he’s also had a few games where you wonder if something might be wrong with him. The inconsistent play of the offensive line has certainly contributed to Ajayi’s struggles at times, but he has had to miss some practice time because of knee soreness and that may be a contributing factor. The bottom line is that he just hasn’t been as elusive this year as he was a year ago, and that’s part of what makes Ajayi special. Ajayi is at his best when he’s gaining extra yards after contact and if he can do that tonight he should set the Dolphins up for success. If not, it could prove to be a long difficult night for the entire team.

Statistically speaking

The Dolphins decided earlier this week to go all in on rookie cornerback Cordrea Tankersley. For a team with legitimate playoff aspirations that’s a bit of a gamble. Tankersley has had some big some big moments this year, including deflecting the pass that Reshad Jones picked off to save the victory over the Falcons. Just as you would expect, though, he’s had some difficulties, too. A third-round pick out of Clemson, Tankersley will go into this game having allowed three touchdowns as well as an opposing passer rating of 133.1 that, according to Pro Football Focus, is the fourth highest among cornerbacks this year. It hasn’t been all bad for Tankersley, who has three pass breakups in four starts, but let’s not for get that it was Bryon Maxwell’s poor play and insubordination that led to Tankersley getting his shot in the first place.

 

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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