It’s been a long bizarre’ last month for the Dolphins that saw their home opener with the Bucs postponed by Hurricane Irma. Then, the team evacuated because of the Hurricane a week early to Southern California, where they eventually defeated the Chargers in week two to start the season.
Since that time, they have ventured to the Meadowlands and “no-showed” in a 20-6 loss to the Jets. And finally, they went to London for a “home game” last Sunday with the Saints and again, slept walked through a 20-0 shutout, dropping them to 1-2.
Now, they finally get to open up at Hard Rock Stadium against Tennessee.
What to watch:
As we laid out above. Miami has anxiously been awaiting their first game at home. This is the latest that they have played a home opener since the 1987 “strike season.” The Fins are a talented offensive team that has yet to put it together in their first two games. The Titans have been hot and cold. They were very good in their home win over Seattle two weeks ago, but were destroyed by Houston giving up 57 points a week ago. Also, in that game starting QB Marcus Mariota strained his hamstring and left in the second half. And that leads us to…..
The Dolphins pass rush against veteran backup QB Matt Cassel, who is likely to play significantly. Cassel has had some success previously in the NFL with the Patriots and Chiefs. He also filled in for the injured Tony Romo in Dallas in 2015 but had only a 1-6 record in his seven starts. He played in four games with the Titans a year ago starting one. This is a game where the Dolphins front four including Ndamukong Suh, Cam Wake and rookie first round pick Charles Harris, should be eager to rush him early and often. Tennessee hopes to establish the run with DeMarco Murray, but if they can’t, it’s a golden opportunity for the Miami pass rush to dominate.
Something has to give. The Titans come in with the 30th scoring defense in the league at 31.5 points per game allowed. Meanwhile, the Dolphins have one lonely touchdown in the last nine quarters and that came on the final play of the Jets game that they were losing 20-0. So, needless to say, Miami has to try get something going and they likely will. With Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry, Devante Parker, etc. they are far too talented to keep being held out of the end zone.