There is no way around it the Miami Dolphins are struggling. Last week, the Dolphins played the Baltimore Ravens and on paper should have won that game. However based on the history between the two teams, the Ravens usually take the game. This game was no different. Thank God week 8 is done and over with and no need to dwell on the past.
And with week 8 done, week 9 is upon us, and the Dolphins are headed back to Hard Rock Stadium to face the struggling Oakland Raiders. The last three times the Raiders and the Dolphins faced off, the Dolphins have taken the win. However, the Dolphins have had some major offensive changes since the last time they have meet. Some of those changes include quarterback Ryan Tannehill will not be playing and as well as running back Jay Ajayi.
The Dolphins are overall ranked 27th in the league, but offense ranked 32nd and defenses ranked 7th. The Dolphins average 252 yards on offense and allowed 306 yards on defense.
The Raiders are overall ranked 22nd who cares and offense ranked 20th and defense ranked 25th. The Raiders average on offense 318 yards and allow 356 yards on defense.
Dolphins’ quarterback Jay Cutler will be back and Kenyan Drake will be making a major appearance as well. Not to mention wide receiver De Vante Parker will be back in the mix to give Cutler that extra target to help get the ball down the field.
On the flip side, Oakland Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr found his connection again with wide receiver Amari Cooper with the last second win against Kansas City. However last week against Buffalo’s defense Wide receiver Michael Crabtree was the top receiver with 83 yards. Not to mention, Marshawn Lynch has been a disappointment to Raider fans.
This will be a close game. The Dolphins’ defense will need to stop the pass game. Other wise Carr will launch the ball all over the Dolphins. I don’t believe a blow out like against the Ravens.