After a terrible showing against the Cincinnati Bengals on the road last week, the Miami Dolphins will likely be heading back to Miami to take on the Tennessee Titans unless hurricane Matthew forces them to move the game elsewhere. Regardless where the game is played, both teams face what is essentially a must win game at this point.
This is one that will likely be a low scoring affair unless the Dolphins offense can start to takeoff however Miami has, yet to give anyone reason to believe thus far that it will anytime soon, so because of that I’m sticking with my early season prediction and giving the Dolphins the win albeit at a much closer and low scoring game of 13-6 Miami. If the Dolphins win this game they can start digging themselves out of an early season hole by improving their record to 2-3, should they lose their record will drop to the highly unfavorable record of 1-4.
The key to the Dolphins victory in this one is if their defense can stop the exotic smash mouth running attack of the Titans and give their offense a chance to shine and hopefully put up plenty of points. As of Wednesday’s injury report, the Dolphins defensive injuries have gone down from seven last week to only three this week. Cornerback Xavien Howard did not practice (knee), linebacker Jelani Jenkins did not practice (groin), and linebacker Koa Misi was limited in practice (neck). It seems the Dolphins are willing to give current punt returner Jarvis Landry full time as a wide receiver, and will promote Jakeem Grant to full time punt returner, however the Dolphins kick return game isn’t quite as clear, as the Dolphins used three different kick returners last week and they’ll likely continue this trend throughout the season until they are certain on one returner.
This will be the first of a four consecutive home game stretch for the Dolphins as they continue their road to the playoffs despite a rough start to the season that hopefully they can dig themselves out of the early hole and prove themselves to not only their fan base, but the entire NFL.