The Miami Dolphins were embarrassed in their last game, but that is no reason to slack off against them. The Oakland Raiders must approach this game with urgency.
We are at the point in the season where many of us feel that getting a win has little to no chance of happening. After what we’ve seen from the Oakland Raiders it’s more than justified. That feeling will not go away until this team finally starts reeling in wins. It has to start now if they even want to think about the AFC playoffs.
The Miami Dolphins have had 10 days to prepare for them, which is more than enough given the fact that opposing teams have easily out-schemed them with fewer days. The Dolphins’ wide receivers will cause match-up issues for the Raiders’ secondary.
Oakland’s matchup this Sunday night on prime time is against the Dolphins. The Dolphins will look to redeem themselves from their massacre at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. This is the perfect time for the Raiders to take advantage of a team that is exposed. It looks like a perfect opportunity to get a win, but it’s not.
Jarvis Landry is a Pro Bowl caliber receiver and despite him not having blown up numbers, he still will do damage to the defense. The secondary doesn’t have anyone that can match him. This is where scheming comes into play, but since Jack Del Rio and Ken Norton Jr. don’t know what that is. Landry will likely go over 100 receiving yards in this ball game.
It’s not just him who can damage this team. There’s also wide receivers Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker. They aren’t as heavy of a threat as Landry, but with no one making a name for themselves in the secondary they might as well be. Any one of these receivers can have a breakout game, so long as quarterbacks Jay Cutler or Matt Moore can deliver.
Aside from the receivers, the Dolphins offense doesn’t have anyone else that can do damage to the defense. They traded away arguably their best offensive player to the Philadelphia Eagles before the trade deadline this week in running back Jay Ajayi.
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Now despite being the worst team in the NFL in scoring, the Dolphins are going up against the Raiders’ defense. This defense is known for making the bad teams look good. This is why this Dolphins team should not be underestimated.
If this game turns into a shootout, can the Raiders offense answer the call to those shots? I have little faith that they can. The Dolphins defense is not a juggernaut. This offense can put up points against them, but that’s all dependent on Todd Downing.
If he doesn’t call the game similar to the one from Kansas City Chiefs game, he will certainly restrain this offense once again. I still have nightmares of double-digit dink-and-dunk passes from the last game. Downing has turned starting quarterback Derek Carr into the new Captain Checkdown.
The Raiders do have a chance to win this game. The opportunities are there and they should be able to capitalize on them. But this season has been one big let down after another. There is no reason to think it stops on Sunday Night Football in Miami.