The Miami Dolphins finally get to play football and if you are a football fan, you’ll get to see them play for 16 straight weeks.
On a personal note, the augmented schedule due to Hurricane Irma places the Dolphins at a disadvantage.
For those owners advocating for the lengthening of an 18 game season from 16 this could be a major experiment for the NFL who showed zero sympathy for the Dolphins situation and instead rewarded them with a week 1 bye.
That means 16 straight weeks of Dolphins football and a London trip followed by another game seven days later versus the Buccaneers who are on the same 16 game straight schedule, but keep all of their home games.
More and more aqua and orange flashing across the screen at a high rate of no huddle speed.
Without further a due, here’s what I believe could happen in Los Angeles in front of 25,000 loyal Dolphins fans. The Dolphins usually show up in Southern California, so I expect a good representation from Miami fans.
1. The Dolphins will go no-huddle with Jay Cutler at QB. For one, we saw a flirtation of sorts in the preseason and since head coach Adam Gase prefers an uptempo style of offense, he will use this approach to his advantage. Who better to do employ the no-huddle than Jay Cutler?
2. Watch for Jakeem Grant to be a home run-hitter on deep passes. Grant seemed to emerge in the latter part of the preseason and catching deep passes from Jay Cutler could happen. Grant in space could be difficult to bring down and give the Dolphins a much needed boost since they might need another look to compete with the Chargers corners. Grant one on one might prove successful as the season progresses. Watch for it!
3. Ndamukong Suh will be double teamed, but that doesn’t matter. The Dolphins have so much depth at defensive tackle and can depend on rookie Davon Godchaux and veteran Jordan Phillips to pick up the slack. The versatility of the Dolphins defensive line to rush three or four lineman could be problematic for an awful offensive line for the Chargers who played inconsistently versus the Broncos highly rated defense.
Bottom line, the Dolphins will show a little rust coming off of a bye week and not playing week one. I don’t expect a crisp, clean game, but sticking to the basics-playing defense, stopping the run, and going up tempo and catching the Chargers defense off-guard could be the difference.
Dolphins 21 Chargers 17 is my prediction.