Backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, in his first start for the Miami Dolphins (4-2), shocked the football world this past Sunday, racking up 380 passing yards, en-route to Miami’s 31-28 overtime victory versus Chicago. Earlier this week, head coach Adam Gase ruled quarterback Ryan Tannehill (right shoulder) out for the second consecutive contest today versus the Detroit Lions (2-3).
Detroit, led by former Georgia product Matthew Stafford, is coming off a bye week. The Dolphins have two games in four days, as Miami will travel to Houston, battling the Texans Thursday night, October 25. December 26, 2010 was the last time Detroit knocked off Miami on the road. These two teams have squared off eleven times, with Miami winning seven of those matchups.
DATE: Sunday, October 21
TIME: 1:00 p.m.
SITE: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
LINE: DET -3, O/U: 46.5
Radio: Dolphins Radio Network, KISS 99.9 FM, 560 WQAM, 1210 WNMA (Spanish)
Radio Announcers: English broadcast- Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast- Raul Striker Jr., Eduardo Martell
WR Andy Jones - OUT
RB Theo Riddick - OUT
G T.J. Lang - QUESTIONABLE
TE Michael Roberts - QUESTIONABLE
DE Ezekiel Ansah - OUT
Three things to watch
Matthew Stafford Vs. Dolphins Defense: Stafford is a gunslinger. That is not good news for a Dolphins defense that coughed up 300+ passing yards last week from Bears quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky. Sunday will mark Stafford’s second career game against the Dolphins. It will be interesting to see how Miami’s linebacker unit, led by Kiko Alonso, and secondary play out. CB Bobby McCain is slated to make his return after a brief two-game injury absence.
Are Miami’s CBs able to contain Lions WR Golden Tate: Tate is no Calvin Johnson, but he presents a tough task for Miami's cornerbacks. Xavien Howard, who had a solid performance last Sunday versus Chicago, must be on his toes down-to-down. Opposite Xavien Howard still remains up for grabs. Torry McTyer had a rough outing in locking up Bears WR Taylor Gabriel, and was replaced by Cordrea Tankersley in the second half. With the expected return of Bobby McCain, it will be key to see who has the edge in this battle.
Run the Football: History has shown when Miami runs the football successfully under Adam Gase, the team wins football games. On that note, look for this trend to continue Sunday. Versus the Bears, the duo of Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake each carried more than ten times. Gore gained 101 yards, whereas Drake produced 57. Detroit will be down a key pass-rusher, with DE Ezekiel Ansah ruled out.
This story was written by Brandon Liguori. Follow him on Twitter: @BLiguori98
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