Last week the Miami Dolphins added yet another win to their win streak, and improved their record to 6-4 with a 14 -10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams and now sit just one game out of the playoffs. This week the Dolphins face the San Francisco 49ers at 12 EDT, in what looks like a very winnable game on paper.
Seeing as how much the 49ers are struggling this year and how white hot the Dolphins are I’m giving the Dolphins a 20 – 10 victory. A win here gives the Dolphins a 7 – 4 record as well as a guaranteed tie for a wildcard spot, a loss drops them to 6 – 5.
If the Dolphins want to win this game they’ll need their offense to get rolling sooner rather than later unlike in their game last week against the Rams. As for the defense it simply needs to keep its current momentum going that it gained from last week’s win.
As for the injuries on the defense, the Dolphins are a bit healthier at 5 players listed as opposed to the 6 listed last week. Cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) limited practice, linebacker Jelani Jenkins (knee/hand) limited practice, linebacker Spencer Paysinger (neck) limited practice, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (knee) limited practice, and defensive end Mario Williams (ankle) limited practice.
For special teams the Dolphins look like they may have promoted Kenyan Drake to starter over Jakeem Grant for returning kicks, at least for the time being. Some good news for the special teams as well is that Jarvis Landry looks to have healed up from a shoulder injury he had been dealing with over the past couple of weeks and will almost certainly be asked to resume returning punts for the remainder of the season.
The Dolphins head into San Francisco Sunday riding a 5 game win streak, and a chance to control their own road to the playoffs with a win. With just 6 weeks to go until the playoff picture is finalized things look bright for a Dolphins team everyone wrote off in the off-season