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As the rest of the league enjoys week 2 of the NFL, it’s Week one for the Miami Dolphins due to Hurricane Irma postponing their opening game. This is the most underrated game this week in the NFL. While everyone is talking about either the Patriots vs. Saints or Falcons vs Packers matches, the Dolphins vs. Chargers game may be one of the most significant games this week.
Both teams must feel like they are in a must-win situation. For the Dolphins it’s their first chance to show the world that they must not be overlooked even with the lost their starting QB, Ryan Tannehill. For the Chargers, it’s their first game in their new home and they are trying to avoid a 0-2 start to the season.
Last year when these two teams faced each other, the Dolphins won 31-24 due to a pick 6 by Linebacker Kiko Alonso. The Dolphins have many new faces since that game, with the additions of Julius Thomas, Jay Cutler, and Reshad Jones who is back from injury. As for the Chargers, they have not significantly improved given that their first-round pick Mike Williams is out for this game with an injury.
The first thing to look for in this game is how quarterback Jay Cutler, will hold up in his first full game action since early last year. Today’s game will show not only if he can lead this team, but if he has the stamina to last four full quarters of football. For us fans, we also need to look at the chemistry that Cutler has with his star receivers. However, Jay Cutler is going to prove something today. He is going to show the world that he is back and that this may very well be the best season of his career. The Chargers defense, while formidable with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, is still not up to par to keep up with the high-flying dolphin receivers. Expect Cutler to take advantage of that.
As for the Dolphins Defense, they are playing without starting Linebacker Lawrence Timmons due to personal reasons, which is a big blow. The Chargers have a great running game thanks to Melvin Gordon, however, there offensive line looked bad against the Broncos so look for Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh to take advantage of the weak Chargers offensive line. Everyone knew that Philip Rivers is going to throw the ball a ton, so look for the Dolphin’s secondary to step up, specifically Byron Maxwell, and Reshad Jones.
In the end, this entire game is likely to be decided by Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins offense and I believe they are going to prove something today in Los Angeles.
PREDICTED SCORE: 28-17 Dolphins win!