IT DIDN’T LOOK PRETTY, BUT WE WON!
Week 8 brought another Dolphins’ game and thus another headache for any fan of them. A 28 to 17 win against the then 5-2 Rams looks pretty; however, it wasn’t. At all. Turnovers, missed opportunities, and mistakes on special teams were the story for LA. The Rams shot themselves in the foot and even though starting numerous possessions with excellent field position had 4 turnovers, which ended their drives. Jared Goff threw for 355 yards despite the horrific play calling by Sean Mcvay. Basically, the offense had little mistakes that cost them big. The Defense did their job holding Tua in his first start to only 93 yards and one TD. Miami Only scored twice on offense, Tua’s throw and Myles Gaskin TD run before his knee injury. The two other scores were on Defense and one different on special teams. In short, Miami probably shouldn’t have won and won’t get helped out like that next week.
Looking at week 9, Miami travels to Arizona to play the 5-2 Cardinals. The Cardinals are a reliable team, most recently beating the Seahawks in OT 34 to 37. Averaging over 260 yards passing a game and 419 total p/g (lead the league), this Cardinals offense is excellent. In addition to the yards, Arizona is also 9th in the league for points (29 per game). Defensively, they have played well with 278 yds/game and 21 pp/g allowed. They match up well against the Dolphins offense and should reck havoc on Tua and the passing game. Patrick Peterson at CB and Buddha Baker at safety will also be monumental in slowing young Tua down. As if the Dolphins needed any more of a challenge on the offensive side, Myles Gaskin, their leading rusher, was placed on IR. This is a massive blow to Miami because Myles would have taken the pressure off Tua in only his second career start. For these reasons and an abundance of others, Miami will not win. It pains me to say that, but the Cardinals will put up a significant number and hold Miami to very few. Take the spread at -4.