Jay Ajayi is expected to be the man that the Rams are game planning for all week. But should they be?
Well, obviously. But Ryan Tannehill proved this past Sunday that he’s progressed through the season. He’s been able to contribute when the J-Train lost its steam, and Miami finds themselves at 5-4 and in the playoff conversation.
That’s right. Miami’s in the playoff conversation after an awful 1-4 start. All they have to do is get to 6-4 this Sunday is put some points on the board.
Tannehill is projected to have another successful outing on Sunday with the Rams’ front seven surely keying in on stopping Ajayi. The Rams, however, may be short a couple key players; Robert Quinn was hospitalized early this week with a non-football illness and Michael Brockers is nursing a groin injury.
Although it’d be great for Miami if they can avoid facing two of the best at their respective positions it’s unlikely Quinn will miss and Brockers could see snaps Sunday afternoon.
The biggest injury question is on the Dolphins side of the ball. Branden Albert has been ruled out for Sunday’s game forcing rookie Laremy Tunsil to protect Tannehill’s blind side. This’ll put a halt to the famous “Unicorn Unit” (starting 5 offensive line unit named by Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel). We can expect to see Craig Urbik replace Tunsil at left guard.
The offense will be key to getting Miami the win. Protect Tannehill and open running lanes for running backs like they’ve done for four consecutive weeks now. Can both crews, including the wide receivers, keep the ball from the defense?
Miami’s lone turnover in four weeks didn’t come on offense but on special teams, and the Dolphins need to keep that consistency not only this week but throughout the rest of the season.