Miami Dolphins San Diego Chargers Defensive Preview

Can the Miami Dolphins' defense step up big against the high-powered San Diego Chargers' offense?

Last week the Miami Dolphins got the win against the New York Jets 27 – 23, improving their record to 4 – 4 while also extending their win streak to 3.

This week they take on the San Diego Chargers in San Diego this Sunday at 4 pm EDT. This one could go either way very easily, but I’m giving the Dolphins the win 31 – 27. A win over the Chargers would give the Dolphins a 5 – 4 record putting them over .500, for the first time all year.

Should they lose this one their record would be brought down to 4 – 5. For the Dolphins to win the defense needs to perform better than it has over the past couple of weeks, and stop the high powered Chargers offense that has averaged 29.4 points a game.

As for defensive injuries the Dolphins added two more players to the injury report for a total of four defenders injured. Safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle) limited practice, cornerback Chris Culliver (Knee) full practice, cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) did not practice, and linebacker Jelani Jenkins (hand) full practice.

As for special teams, just when it seemed like the return game was the steady 1-2 punch of Jakeem Grant and Jarvis Landry, it’s third stringer Kenyan Drake that won the game for the Dolphins on a 96 yard kick return, he will likely see the field much more than before on returns.

I think the Dolphins will keep Jarvis Landry as their full time punt returner and split kickoffs between Kenyan Drake and Jakeem Grant. The playoff push is just around the corner as week 10 approaches both the Dolphins and Chargers look to get the W in this one as it could have potential tie-breaker implications should both teams manage to have viable records for the playoffs in just eight weeks.

The Dolphins fans slowly are realizing that maybe just maybe the Dolphins might finally make the playoffs for the first time in nearly 8 years.



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