The Dolphins have a chance to get last week’s bad taste from the Jets out of their mouth. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they had to fly to London to try to do it.
And, Miami will take on a New Orleans Saints team that is fresh off of smoking their rival Carolina last week. With that in mind here’s what we will focus on in this game.
Why to watch:
The Dolphins had to evacuate to Southern California due to Hurricane Irma the week leading up to their win over the Chargers. They came back home briefly to practice and traveled to New York and played dismally against the Jets. Can they get back on track on another continent?
The Saints are feeling good after their win over the Panthers and feature one of the iconic QB’s of the this century in Drew Brees (more on him in a second). Both teams are seeking a second win on the season start off the month of October the right way. In the Saints case, with the Falcons unbeaten headed to Sunday, they can’t afford to continue to lose games early and be 1-3. Of course, the same can be said of the Fins chasing the Patriots who are 2-1 entering this week.
Drew Brees vs. Dolphins secondary. If Miami thinks that Josh McCown gave them issues last week, then they better put their track shoes on for this one. Brees has completed 68.5% of his passes in three games and has six TD’s with no interceptions. The Dolphins are struggling in defensive backfield and Miami will shake it up . Rookie third round pick Cordrea Tankersley will start the game in place of veteran Byron Maxwell.
Alterraun Verner is inactive with a hamstring injury and, therefore, Xavien Howard and Tankersley initially at least, will have their hands full with the likes of Michael Thomas, Brandon Coleman and other Saints weapons.
If Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake and Co. cannot get some rush help, it will be a long day stopping the pass.
Will Miami get their offense in gear? The Dolphins didn’t show anything in the Meadowlands, as they only ran one play in Jets territory in the first three quarters and scored a TD on the last play of the game to keep from being shut out. After a 100 yard rushing game in week one, Jay Ajayi was held to 16 yards on 11 carries last week and is also banged up. Ajayi has been limited in practice with a knee injury and is questionable for this game. If the Dolphins cannot get him going, then it will be a struggle for Jay Cutler and the pass game.
The Dolphins have just two TD’s in their two games and will need more than that to keep up with the Saints.