Well, we made it Dolphins Fans; WEEK 1 OF THE REGULAR SEASON IS HERE! This week, Miami welcome’s the Tennessee Titans to Hard Rock Stadium. I am excited for this match-up, and I believe the Miami Dolphins will come out of this game with a win. The following five reasons will illustrate how this win will come to fruition and why the Dolphins will beat the Titans.
With this game being the home opener; the Dolphins will use the rowdy crowd to their advantage: Is home field advantage an overrated thing with a team rated as one of the worst team in the NFL, per ESPN? It might be, but I am going to air on the side of positivity and say that the crowd will help us earn a huge win at home.
With this being Mike Vrabel’s first game as an NFL head coach, Adam Gase will take advantage of that and it will pay off for the Dolphins: As a Dolphins fan living in Houston, I was able to watch first-hand how much Mike Vrabel struggled last season with the Texans defense (in his role as Defensive Coordinator). Granted, J.J. Watt, Jadaveon Clowney, and Whitney Mercilus were injured, but Vrabel looked over-matched all season. If Gase can work with his coaching staff to take advantage of Vrabel’s inexperience at making those vital in-game adjustments, that could be the difference in this contest.
Ryan Tannehill will be the starting quarterback, and he is going to show the league that he is not worst starting quarterback of the 32 NFL teams: If this roster had Matt Moore or Jay Cutler leading them into this game, I would be picking the Titans. However, that is not the case. The team now has its leader back, and he has looked good thus far this preseason. If Ryan can handle the game and rely on his new weapons (Albert Wilson, Danny Amendola, Mike Geisicki, and Kenyan Drake), he should be able to successfully manage this offense, and lead the Fins to the win.
The Miami Dolphins secondary will force Marcus Mariota into at least 1 Interception and will cause havoc for the Tennessee offense all day: The Titans have some really scary offensive weapons (RB Derrick Henry, RB Dion Lewis, WR Corey Davis, WR Rishard Matthews, TE Delanie Walker), but this offense is containable. On Sunday, we will see what Defensive Coordinator Matt Burke has up his sleeve for his defense. The success of Sunday’s game will be due in large part to what this secondary will accomplish. He will look to utilize the skills of Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, and the cover skills of Xavien Howard to contain the Titans playmakers.
The Dolphins playmakers are superior to what he had in the 2017-2018 season, and that will show in Game Number One: Will this team suffer from the departure of WR Jarvis Landry? Yes, and No. It is yes in the sense that he was this team’s emotional leader and is one heck of a slot Wide Receiver. It is no in the sense that this team was successful in their attempt to replace him. They added 2 Wide Receivers (Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola), who will be able to produce similar numbers to what Landry was able to do for the team last year. Will this team miss RB Jay Ajayi? NO. This team has now made Kenyan Drake their featured back (regardless of what HC Adam Gase has said in his press conferences) and added nice depth in Frank Gore and Kalen Ballage. Lastly, the team added freak athlete TE Mike Geisicki and he will be a game changer for this offense. His height and catch radius will provide Tannehill with one heck of a weapon all over the field (especially in the red zone).
What are your predictions for this game? Can this team figure out a way to top the Tennessee Titans? Now and Forever…. GO FINS!!!
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