Can Matt Moore Build Off Of His Solid Outing?
After coming in to relieve the injured Jay Cutler, Matt Moore put on a show completing 61.9% of his passes and tossing two touchdowns (as well as one interception). Moore breathed life into an offense that had been dreadfully uninspiring throughout the season.
Coming into the season analysts, including myself, predicted Cutler would open up the Dolphins offense by taking shots down the field. This hasn’t been the case. With the game on the line, however, Matt Moore came out with a fearless gunslinger mentality that the offense has sorely needed.
If Moore can bring this same mentality on Thursday night he could not only help lead the ‘Fins to victory, but also make strides in winning the starting role the rest of the season.
Will The Defense Play More Like It Did In The First Half Against The Jets Or The Second Half?
It was a truly a tale of two halves for the Dolphins defense last Sunday. After surrendering 21 points in the opening half, they held Josh McCown and the Jets offense to a mere seven in the second. More impressively, they stepped up when the team needed them the most. In the fourth quarter they pitched a shut out, gave up -4 yards of offense and forced a crucial turnover deep in Jets territory with under a minute remaining.
While Moore gets most of the praise, the defense is as responsible for the teams late game heroics as anyone. If the defense can bring that late game intensity all game on Thursday, Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense are going to be in trouble.
Will The Jay Train Get Off The Tracks Or Be Stuck In The Station?
12-0. The Dolphins record when Jay Ajayi records 18 or more carries in a game. 23, 25, 26. The number of carries Ajayi has received in each game of the teams current three game winning streak.
However, while the touches are there, the production is not. Ajayi has averaged a lowly 3.5 yard per carry this season. While Gase’s insistence on running the ball has provided balance to the offense, eventually the Jay Train is going to need to get a head of steam if this team is going to have prolonged success.
This week will be a good opportunity to do so, as they face a Ravens defense ranked dead last in defending the run.
Coming Off A Hard Fought Game And A Short Week, Will The Dolphins Be Able To Gut Out A Victory?
On short weeks sometimes you have to throw the playbook out the window and ask one simple question: who wants it more? With few days to prepare for both teams, the coaching staff’s main focus will be getting their guys prepared physically more than anything. Coming off two gutty, come-from-behind victories, this Dolphins squad has proven they have moxie. Can they prove it again Thursday night? We’ll have to wait and see.