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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
The 4-7 Miami Dolphins, coming off a 38-20 lost to the New York Jets, come back home to take on the 4-7 Baltimore Ravens, coming off a 33-27 win at Cleveland on Monday Night. The game is a 1:00 kickoff on CBS.
Let's take a look at how the teams matchup.
Miami comes into the game generating 335.9 yards per game in total offense, which ranks 27th in the NFL. The Dolphins are averaging 244.2 yards per game via the pass, and are averaging 91.7 yards per game via the run game. Those numbers rank 17th and 27th in the NFL respectively. The Dolphins come in scoring 20.5 points per game, which ranks 27th in the NFL. They will be facing a Ravens defense giving up 352.5 yards in total defense, which ranks 18th in the NFL. The Ravens are giving up 258.6 yards per game via the pass and are giving up 93.9 yards via the run game, which comes in at 8th in the NFL, while the passing yardage ranks 24th in the NFL. The Ravens are allowing 25.1 points per game, which ranks 24th in the NFL.
As you all know by now, OC Bill Lazor was fired this week coming off the performance against the Jets. Dan Campbell wanted to see the Dolphins run the ball more, while Lazor seemed to be married to the passing game and very little offensive balance. Also, QB Ryan Tannehill had little ability to audible in and out of plays, which was a problem. This is a game in which you can expect the Dolphins to have much more balance in regards to a run-pass ratio. Miami needs to see what they have in regards to FA RB Lamar Miller and rookie Jay Ajayi, and I expect those 2 to get the ball a good bit in the run game. Both are also good in the pass game. This will also be the 1st game of WR DeVante Parker as a starter, as WR Rishard Matthews is out with broke ribs. Finally get to see what the young man can do. The offensive line continues to be a problem spot, and once again will need to be addressed. Here to hoping Miami can FINALLY get it RIGHT. Even though the Ravens are stout against the run and has really struggled against the pass, Miami will need to have a balanced attack to keep the Ravens off balance.
Defensively, the Dolphins come in giving up 391.7 yards of total offense, which ranks 27th in the NFL. The Dolphins are giving up 253.3 in the passing game, while giving up 138.5 yards in the running game. Those numbers rank 21st and 32nd in the NFL. The Dolphins are giving up 26.1 points per game, which comes in at 27th in the NFL. They face a Ravens offense that is generating 361.7 yards of total offense, which ranks 11th in the NFL. They Ravens are generating 263.3 yards per game via the pass amd are producing 98.5 yards per game via the run game. Those numbers rank 10th and 18th in the NFL respectively. The Ravens are scoring 23.5 points per game, which ranks 15th.
Miami has been in a free fall all year defensively, and now rank DEAD LAST in the NFL against the run. They face a Ravens offense minus QB Joe Flacco, who tore his ACL in the game against St. Louis 2 weeks ago and are now lead by Matt Schuab. You better believe the Ravens will come in and try to exploit the porus Dolphins run defense. Biggest problem for this team agains the run is the linebackers, as they play has been abysmal. The Dolphins desperately needs to address this unit during the off-season. In the secondary, CB Bobby McCain will make his 1st start in place of CB Jamar Taylor. Also, S Walt Aikens has been benched as well. Can Miami do something they have not been able to do much this year in regards to stopping the run, we will find out on Sunday. If they can, Schuab is a turnover machine.
The Ravens are out of the playoffs, and the Dolphins playoff hopes are on life support. We finally get a chance to see what Miami can do when there will be a concerted effort to run the ball finally. The Dolphins need a win to keep the very slim playoffs hopes alive against a team that has given Miami problems. Let's see how this team performs on Sunday.