As I said when this was first reported last month, the NFL is placing the Dolphins in a major disadvantage this weekend. The Dolphins-Raiders game was moved from Sunday to Saturday, and less-informed bloggers and reporters were spouting how great it is to have a prime time game. Uhhhh, nope.
The Dolphins just played a game Sunday, and now have to travel on Friday. Given the union rules for mandatory days off, that means the Dolphins only get one classroom day and one full practice to get ready.
The Raiders don’t have to travel, so they get an extra practice. PLUS–and this is more important–the Raiders played last Thursday night, so they can work in 3 extra practices that the Dolphins don’t get. This is vital this time of year, when half our offense is ailing. It’s not like our guys have torn ACLs. An extra day or two does not cure an ACL. But the injuries are nagging, where an extra day is vital. The Raiders might get Derek Carr back because of those extra days, whereas the Dolphins got their days cut short.
Anyway, this is all moot if the Dolphins come out and run through the Raiders’ bottom-dwelling defense. It will all be forgotten. But if the Phins look sluggish and tired and unprepared, we’ll have to wonder if it’s fatigue. Let’s hope not. I think Flores has them so mentally tough lately that they can win without Gesicki and the others if they’re unable to play. Whatever Flores said or adjusted at halftime in the patriots game worked well. Just need to keep it up !
By the way, remember the Chiefs game when Mahomes hot that long bomb to Hill for a 44-yard touchdown? That was at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, and the Dolphins defense has not allowed a touchdown since then. (I’m not counting the punt return later that game).