Miami Dolphins Updates
The Miami Dolphins will take on the New York Jets this week at Metlife Stadium. Teddy Bridgewater will get the start at quarterback in the place of an injured Tua Tagovailoa (concussion protocol). As always I’m expecting a close game between these two divisional rivals.
The records of the franchises entering the game seldom matter when these two squads face each other. Hopefully, the Dolphins bring their “A” game with them in this road game. The Dolphins enter with a 3 and 1 record while the Jets come in at 2 and 2. Both teams need this divisional victory. The Dolphins have beaten the Jets recently, but historically you can not be much closer in head-to-head matchups than these two teams. They have faced each other 113 times (Including the 1982 AFC Championship Game). The Dolphins have a slight lead in the all-time series. Miami has 57 wins against 55 losses to go along with 1 tie (10/04/1981) between the two franchises (Resource: footballdb.com).
Miami Dolphins Notes & Updates
By all accounts coming through via media outlets, it appears that Tagovailoa is progressing nicely in his recovery from the concussion he suffered on Thursday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Miami’s top cornerback, Xavien Howard, has not practiced this week as he continues to deal with groin issues. Cornerback Bryon Jones is still on the physically unable to perform list (PUP).
Several other players have missed practice time this week as well:
- Jaylen Waddle (WR) Groin
- Keion Crossen (CB) Glute/shoulder
- Melvin Ingram (LB/Edge) Veteran’s rest day
- Terron Armstead (OT) Toe
- Cethan Carter (TE) Concussion protocol
- Robert Jones (G) Back
The NFL has fined Miami defensive tackle, Christian Wilkins, for allegedly grabbing Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen near Allen’s groin area. But, Wilkins denies any wrongdoing.
The Miami Dolphins rank near the bottom in some defensive categories four games into the season. Out of 32 teams.
- Third down defense: 30th
- Passing yards allowed: 31st
- Sacks: Tied for 29th
Yes, some of these stats are because the Dolphins have faced 3 top quarterbacks to start the season. Miami has faced Lamar Jackson, Allen, and Joe Burrow. The defense falls in the middle of the pack when it comes to points allowed. They currently are allowing 22.8 per game on average which places them at 16th ranked.
Hopefully, it is more of a product of the aforementioned play of the top quarterbacks Miami has faced than a suspect defense. The Dolphins really need a healthy Howard and Jones to improve in passing defense. Yet, at least Miami has some bend but don’t break in them this year on defense.