Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had an outstanding game last week as the Chargers easily disposed of the same Tennessee Titans who beat Miami pretty handily. That may become problematic, but Dolphins defense is playing much better now than it was a month ago. I think our defense is strong enough now where they can focus on stopping Gordon without being overly susceptible to pass plays.
San Diego’s offense uses a lot of screen passes and draw plays, luring the defense to race into the backfield, and then quickly getting the ball out of QB Philip Rivers’ hands. An overly aggressive front line is often Rivers’ best friend. You have to think that defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is aware of this and will have his boys prepared.
Antonio Gates is STILL playing. Although he’s no longer an All Pro, he’s still a big, effective target. The Dolphins have done a better job this year defending against tight ends, and hopefully that trend continues.
Jelani Jenkins will play Sunday with a cast on his hand. He began the Jets game with a penalty, three missed tackles, and a blown coverage. I was screaming at him over in the chat room. The Jets scored on their first three drives. Once Jenkins got injured and came out, the Dolphins started to play better defense, especially in the second half with two big interceptions. I think Jenkins was a decent backup last year, but now that he’s starting and has a lot more play time, he not quite cutting it. I’d love for him to prove me wrong Sunday.
On offense, you all know I’ll be calling for the Dolphins to keep riding the J-Train. When it’s time to pass, let’s roll Tannehill out of the pocket, giving him the option to run or pass. A few more plays for Landry and Parker too please. But whatever you do, Mr. Gase, do NOT keep calling those ineffective and dangerous deep dropback passes. At least not consistently and stubbornly like you did vs. the Jets. Those play calls netted us ZERO touchdowns in the last 40 minutes of the game.
The Dolphins don’t do well historically in West Coast games, but we have a great chance this week. The Chargers aren’t who they used to be, and the Dolphins are certainly improving. We shut them out two years ago, but they beat us badly last year. The Phins will stay out west all week in preparation for the Rams game on the 20th.
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