By Maximillian C. Burgos
The Miami Dolphins are heading to Atlanta to play against the Falcons. The Dolphins are 2-2 coming into the matchup but have only scored 16 points in their last three games. The Falcons on the other hand are coming off of a bye week, well rested and ready for action.
The Falcons will be without Mohamed Sanu, their solid second receiving option for wide receiver. Sanu hurt his hamstring earlier in the season and has been officially ruled out of Sunday’s matchup. If Julio Jones plays, Matt Ryan will still have his number one receiver to throw to.
According to espn.com’s matchup predictor, the Falcons have an 84.5% chance of winning this matchup. The Falcons offense is full of weapons, especially in the backfield with both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman abilities to catch passes and run the ball effectively.
Freeman is the leading rusher for the Falcons with a total of 70 carries for 285 yards and five touchdowns. He has also caught nine passes for 70 yards.
Julio Jones comes into the game still without a touchdown in this season. So far this season he has caught 19 passes on 30 targets for 295 yards. Dolphins top cornerback Byron Maxwell has been ruled questionable for the game, meaning Jones may have the perfect opportunity to break his touchdown drought.
The Dolphins have been nothing short of abysmal on offense so far this season. They only average 10.3 points a game and a total of 251.3 yards for total offense. They rank near the bottom of the League in passing offense and they rushing attack has not been great either.
The Dolphins may also be coming into the game without their leading receiver DeVante Parker who has been ruled doubtful coming into the game with an ankle injury. This could spell even more problems for an already struggling Dolphins offense.
The Dolphins defense has been good this season. They managed to keep opponents to 20 points or less in every game this season, but the offense has not been able to capitalize on that.
If they can pressure Ryan and get him to turnover the ball through the air, the Dolphins may be able to pull an upset like the Buffalo Bills did in week four. It seems far-fetched and to many it is, but the beauty of football is that any given Sunday, anything can happen.
The Dolphins will need to move the ball on offense to have any remote shot at winning. Jay Cutler will need to take control of the offense and make some magic happen. Jarvis Landry is a star, yet he has been relatively quiet this season. Maybe a Cutler to Landry rainbow connection can spark a fire in this Dolphins team.
The Falcons have this in the bag if the Dolphins can’t get out of their own way. With all the noise the Dolphins made last year, this year it seems like that are bad to old ways. If the Falcons can maintain possession of the ball and sustain long drives, the Dolphins simply have no shot at winning.
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