Last week the Miami Dolphins continued their win streak against the San Diego Chargers in a 31 – 24 victory, so far that’s four in a row for the Dolphins whose record is now 5 – 4 and sit just a few wins out of a wild card spot. This week they look to take on the Los Angeles Rams and rookie quarterback Jared Goff, who will be making his first NFL start.
In the past the Dolphins have seemingly managed to lose very winnable games, however this feels like a whole new team behind head coach Adam Gase, so I’m predicting a 20 – 6 victory for the Dolphins.
For the Dolphins to pick up the win they’ll their defensive front four to shake up rookie quarterback Jared Goff early and often in order to affect his confidence throughout the game and force turnovers, much like they did in the 4th quarter last week against the Chargers.
In terms of defensive injuries, the Dolphins took a bit of a hit adding two more defenders to the list for a total of six players. Safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle) limited practice, cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) did not practice, linebacker Mike Hull (knee) full practice, linebacker Jelani Jenkins (knee) (hand) did not practice, defensive end Jason Jones (knee) limited practice, and defensive end Mario Williams (ankle) did not practice.
As for special teams, last week Jakeem Grant was handed the task of returning all punts and kick returns likely because of Jarvis Landry shoulder injury. He did very well on kick returns however he struggled returned punts, fumbling two punts, one of which was recovered by the Chargers. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Dolphins move Grant to only kick returns and bring in Kenyan Drake as the punt returner until Jarvis Landry’s shoulder heals up.
Currently on a four game win streak the Dolphins are looking great right now especially with winnable games upcoming on the schedule, first @ the rams then back home against the San Francisco 49ers, if they can get the likely wins, in three weeks’ time with enough luck they might be in a three way tie for a playoff spot and if the Patriots slip up a potential division title. Only time will tell how things will pan out for the Dolphins, but one things for sure it will be an emotional roller coaster as we close in on the playoffs that are just seven weeks.