WOW, that is all I can say. We were getting man-handled by the J-E-T-S at halftime and we all thought, “Here we go again.“ However, Jay Cutler goes down, and here comes Matt “Gunslinger “Moore. It may have just been me, but it appeared that the entire team was uplifted by having Matt in there. He provided the spark the team needed, and he was able to orchestrate a comeback that could serve as a turning point for the season. However, it is time to turn our attention to Thursday night’s bout against the Baltimore Ravens.
Ravens Offense: On Paper the Ravens offense does not scare me in the slightest. Joe Flacco can be baited into mistakes. Their running game does not feature a “big time back.“ Their wide outs and tight ends, have some nice players, but not one that puts the fear of god into me. The one aspect that has me a tad bit nervous is the deep ball threat of Mike Wallace. He still has elite speed, and can easily create a big play or two. It does look like though Wallace will miss this week's game as he was put in the concussion protocol this past Sunday.
Ravens Defense: On the other hand their defense is a whole different animal. They have play makers all over the field. CJ Mosley looks like a guy who will be an All Pro for a very long time, Terrell Suggs and Eric Weddle are still playing at a very high level, and their secondary has the ability to make a ton of plays.
Dolphins Offense: Can Matt Moore replicate his 2nd half performance from the Jets game? Can Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry duplicate their performances? What can Jay Ajayi do against any team that is not named the Jets? Will DeVante Parker play? With these questions looming, this game has turned into a must watch for this fan. I believe that Moore will struggle, however, this is a game where Ajayi can break out. Baltimore ranks dead last in the league against the run, and we need to feed Jay as much as we can to exploit that.
Dolphins Defense: With the cutting of Byron Maxwell, it appears that the Fins are all in on their youth at the Cornerback spot, and I like it. Aside from getting beat twice last week, Cordrea Tankersley looks to be getting better and better every week. The Dolphins rank 3rd against the rush and 12th against the pass thus far. I believe that the Defense can continue that success against the Ravens this week. Be on the lookout for Lawrence Timmons, William Hayes, and Xavien Howard to have a huge game.
Prediction: Dolphins 31, Ravens 17. The matchup looks really solid for the Dolphins this week. I know the line is Ravens - 3, but I like the Fish, in a big way on the road.