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Gamenight- Dolphins look to continue their roll at Baltimore

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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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Dolphins lose DE William Hayes for season with torn ACL

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The news is not all good on Monday morning at for the Dolphins after their 28 – 20 triumph over the Raiders. This after head coach Adam Gase revealed at his day after the game news conference that defensive end William Hayes has suffered a torn ACL and will be going on injured reserve.

Hayes, who did not start the game, but did have a sack and two tackles, has been a reserve defensive end for the last two seasons in Miami. He was originally a member of the Titans for four seasons before playing for the Rams for five years and then coming as a free agent to Miami in 2017.

Hayes had also been playing with a cast on his hand with an injury suffered in the week 1 game with Tennessee.

Hayes was injured trying to sack quarterback Derek Carr late in the first half Sunday. Gase told the media that in reviewing the coaches tape, it’s obvious that Hayes was trying not to land on Carr, when he planted awkwardly on his knee tearing the ACL.

Joe Schad, Dolphins beat writer for the Palm Beach Post provided more visual insight here:

The new rules and point of emphasis on not driving quarterbacks, specifically, into the ground on hits is already creating fury among pass-rushers all over the league.

Green Bay’s Clay Matthews was flagged for it Sunday for the second consecutive week after he put a hit on the Redskins QB Alex Smith. He landed on him going to the ground drawing a 15-yard penalty. Mathews was very outspoken after the game about how the league and the officials were now going to hamper a pass-rusher is ability to do his job by having him account for not wrapping up or landing on a player that they are actually tackling.

Again, that goes to the point of how Hayes apparently injured himself and will be lost for the rest of the year

The Fins obviously have players like Robert Quinn, Cameron Wake and former first-round pick Charles Harris that can still rush the quarterback.

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Dolphins hit big plays against Raiders to remain unbeaten

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Another Sunday of big plays and another win for the Dolphins, who for the first time since 2013 are 3 – 0. This after dealing the Raiders their third straight loss in a 28-20 come-from-behind victory at Hard Rock Stadium.

After Oakland scored almost immediately, when quarterback Derek Carr hit Jordy Nelson on a long completion and then with a red zone touchdown pass, Miami found themselves trailing quickly 7 to nothing.

But from there on, the Fins began to hit the Raiders with one big play after another. That started with a 34-yard beautifully thrown touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a streaking Kenny Stills to tie the game 7-7.

The Raiders actually took a 10-7 lead into the locker room and then put together a lengthy drive capped with a Marshawn Lynch up and over touchdown in a 17-7 lead.

However, the Dolphins were not fazed and 2 minutes of clock time later had marched into Raiders scoring territory. That’s when Jakeem Grant took an inside flip hand off from Tannehill (above) and raced around the right end to cut the lead to 17 – 14.

Next, head coach Adam Gase went into the” bag of tricks” and after a double hand off, receiver Albert Wilson fired this long pass to Grant down the right sideline:

The 52-yard trick play touchdown, gave Miami the lead for the first time at 21-17.

The Raiders tried to mount a go ahead drive but Derek Carr’s the pass for Martavis Bryant was picked off by Xavien Howard ending their threat.

Next, Wilson caught another short pass from Tannehill and did the rest, racing around the left sideline for a 72-yard score at the 2-minute warning, which put the game away.

Tannehill finished 17-23 for 289 yards and the three TD passes. Carr had 345 yards and a TD in the losing effort, but also two costly interceptions.

The Dolphins are 3-0 for the first time since 2013. That team finished 8-8 and still missed the playoffs.

The Raiders fanfare of hiring Jon Gruden out of the Monday Night Football booth is over, as they are now 0-3 and already three games behind the Chiefs, who won Sunday.

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Gameday- Dolphins host Raiders looking to remain unbeaten

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Who:  Dolphins (2-0) vs. Raiders (0-2)

Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens

When: Sunday 1 p.m.

Spread: Dolphins by 3 (Courtesy Vegasinsider.com)

Miami has opened by winning the first two games for the first time since 2013 and now has a golden opportunity to get to 3 – 0 today. Here’s what we’re watching

Progression of Ryan Tannehill

Coming off a solid start by spreading the ball around to numerous receivers, Ryan Tannehill will look to keep it up. The Raiders defense is obviously reeling after the trading of Khalil Mack on the eve of the season, and Tannehill may be able to take advantage of the Oakland secondary.

Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson as the deep threats could do significant damage later today. Look for coach Adam Gase and coordinator Dowell Loggains to test them early.

Does Derek Carr follow up last week’s performance?

Oakland’s 5th Year quarterback was tremendous for much of the Denver game a week ago, completing 23 of his first 24 passes. With the Raiders getting acclimated to Jon Gruden’s new offense and terminology, it’s still obvious they want to get the ball out of Carr’s hand quickly with short throws.

Another part of Oakland’s offensive success is the early running of Marshawn Lynch, who is questionable for this game with an injured shoulder. They would like to set up play action with Lynch or backup running back Jalen Richard. If Miami can stuff the run, it will help greatly in stopping the Raiders attack.

Dolphins defense continues its optimistic play?

Whether it was surviving the two lengthy weather delays two weeks ago against the Titans with key sacks and takeaways, or last week in New York with frustrating rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, Miami has been able to make plays at times.

That needs to continue on Sunday. Safety Reshad Jones will be a game-time decision with his injured shoulder and that could affect their defensive scheme for coordinator Matt Burke.

If Miami’s pass rushers, Robert Quinn, Cameron Wake, Charles Harris, Etc can get to Carr it will make life easier at Hard Rock Stadium.

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