Dolphins vs Raiders Week 3 Preview

Jon Gruden and his 0-2 Raiders visit the undefeated Dolphins this Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium at 1:00 pm EST. These two teams have had the complete opposite starts. One team will receive their first win and one team will receive their first loss on Sunday.

 

Before giving top their top defensive player and former defensive player of the year in 2016, Khalil Mack is now a Chicago Bear. With that, the Raiders have no pass rush in their arsenal. They have dropped their first two games to the LA Rams, 30-13, and the Denver Broncos, 20-19. First year head coach Jon Gruden might not be on the hot seat just yet, but only time will tell after Sunday.

On the other hand the Miami Dolphins have started 2-0 with Ryan Tannehill back under center. Starting with a win against the Tennessee Titans by a score of 27-20; a game that took over seven hours to complete after multiple lightning delays. In Week 2, the Fins traveled to New York to take on the Jets and their rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. With many Dolphin fans in attendance, Miami went to work and handled business by a score of 20-12.

Going into Week 3 against a desperate Oakland Raiders team, one team will receive their first win or their first loss. The Dolphins are a three point favorite over the Raiders. The over/under is 43.5

Last year the Raiders came up on top against the Dolphins 27-24 in a tight one in Miami. Dereck Carr three for over 300 yards, Marshawn Lynch had two touchdowns and Jared Cook had a solid game as well with 120+ receiving yards. In his last five road games, Marshawn Lynch has over 406 scrimmage yards and Dereck Carr’s passer rating has staying constantly over 90. With their other weapons in the receiving core, Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson have had good starts to their season.

However, Ryan Tannehill is currently 9-1 in his last ten games and has completed 70 percent of his passes to open up the season. The veteran Frank Gore has been running all over the Raiders over the years. He has almost 470 scrimmage yards in 4 meetings. Along with Gore, wideout Kenny Stills has 436 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his las five home games. Dolphins defense has looked exceptional, especially with the addition of Minkah Fitzpatrick and Robert Quinn. To go with Stills and Gore on the offensive side of the ball, Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant are all weapons for Tannehill to feed to. Speaking of weapons, WR Devante Parker is set to play this Sunday as he makes his return after being sidelined with an injured finger. He is expected to make some plays for this loaded offense.

Score prediction:

Dolphins – 27

Raiders – 17

Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders in Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Ryan Tannehill is back and eager to make fans excited for 2018

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Number 17 is back in uniform on the practice field with a big smile on his face. 

Every May all NFL teams hold voluntary practices for players to come out and run through plays they do not really use for months. Not really “voluntary” practices, all players come out and get to work in the blistering sun and prepare themselves for training camp essentially.

For number 17, it is pure excitement to be on the field.

Frustrating by watching the game with the coaches, even worse watching practice as well all of 2017. After being sidelined with a torn ACL, Ryan Tannehill couldn’t take the smile off his face in the first day of Dolphins OTA’s. Discouraged by watching the game with the coaches, even worse watching practice as well.

After a season of Jay Cutler under center, Tannehill looks to be more poised and more ready than ever. After six years of Tannehill in Miami, theres not much more to say than he is arguably and above average quarterback. With a frustrating and wavering fan base in Miami, these Dolfans want to see an elite Tannehill. All in all, this may be his last chance to prove himself to the Dolphins and to the city of Miami.

Under the steady eye of head coach Adam Gase, Tannehill has improved through the work they have put in together. Gase has had history with great quarterbacks as in Peyton Manning, other than the fiasco of Cutler last season, Tannehill has improved and can only get better from here.

His last eight games on the field included 215 yards per game, 69.1 percent of his passes were completed, with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Let’s face it, he looked pretty good. The five picks are a little too much for eight games, but he looked like a solid quarterback.

You can tell Tannehill was eager and and ambitious to get out on the football field all last season on the sideline. Standing next to Gase and other coaches, listening on in every play, helping and guiding other players through out the game and just being involved constantly along with being on crutches. With a year off he has a better understanding on what Gase and this offense is trying to do to get back in the playoffs.

With some work left to do for the rest of OTA’s and going into training camp this summer, Tannehill and the rest of the gang need to get back on track with their “star” quarterback. It all starts with a healthy Tannehill and the rest will fall into place for the Fins. The multiple weapons Miami acquired through the draft and offseason include Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, Frank Gore, Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe and Kalen Ballage. This will give Tannehill a chance to start fresh with some new players and return to the scheme of this offense.