Miami picked up Benwikere, 25, at a time when it badly needed cornerback help, but his arrival coincided with Byron Maxwell’s resurgence. He was inactive his first three weeks with the Dolphins and spent the rest of the year on the practice squad.
“He needs to show us that he’s ready to play,” defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said in December. “If he does that, we can bring him up and he can help us, hopefully. But he was brought in to be in that role (of a nickel corner). So, hopefully going forward he can prove he can help us and we’ll play him.”
MIAMI GARDENS–It’s time for the newest chapter of the Dolphins-Jets rivalry, which always promises some fireworks.
Both teams are in an interesting position. The Jets started 1-5 before squeaking past the Ravens and Browns the past two weeks, while Miami snapped back from a 1-4 start with victories over the Steelers and Bills. It’s fairly stunning that the Dolphins are on the cusp of evening out at 4-4 and taking over second place in the AFC East. Here’s everything you need to know their game against New York: Continue reading “Game day primer: Everything you need for Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets”
MIAMI GARDENS–If the Dolphins somehow upend the Steelers this afternoon, it’ll be one of the biggest upsets of the NFL season. Pittsburgh is a powerhouse looking for a run to the Super Bowl, while Miami is inching close to turning its attention fully toward next year.
CINCINNATI–This could be the pivotal game of the Dolphins‘ season. A win at Cincinnati tonight puts them at 2-2 with some very winnable games coming up, but a loss would drop them to 1-3 and likely leave them clawing all next month to get back to .500.
How do the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns match up for Thursday night’s game?
When the Dolphins have the ball…
Miami passing (10th in NFL) vs. Cincinnati pass defense (13th)
Miami’s passing offense has been one of the team’s few bright spots so far and, although a large chunk of the season’s yardage total came during garbage time in New England, the passing game may be something the Dolphins can build upon moving forward. One troublesome sign has been Miami’s inability to protect the ball. While Ryan Tannehill has tossed five touchdowns through three games, he’s also thrown four interceptions. Cincinnati’s defense is solid against the pass, and if Tannehill isn’t more careful with the ball, Miami could be playing from behind most of the night. Edge: Cincinnati
Miami rushing (25th) vs. Cincinnati rush defense (18th)
Miami’s run game showed some signs of life against Cleveland after two poor showings to open the season — with Kenyan Drake, Jay Ajayi and Damien Williams all looking good in spurts — but it remains to be seen whether a running back-by-committee can sustain its effectiveness. Cincinnati has been decent against the run, allowing 109.3 yards a game and 3.7 yards per attempt. But where the Bengals excel is keeping the opposition out of the end zone — they haven’t yet allowed a rushing touchdown. Cincinnati’s defense may be too strong for a Dolphins run game that still has a long way to go. Edge: Cincinnati
When the Bengals have the ball…
Cincinnati passing (7th) vs Miami pass defense (18th)
The Dolphins gave up 261 passing yards to a team that trotted out rookie Cody Kessler and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor under center. That isn’t ideal, especially after giving up over 300 yards to the combination of Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett. Andy Dalton is one of the league’s better quarterbacks and with a weapon like A.J. Green, the Dolphins seem destined for a long night. Dalton does have two only two touchdowns this season to go with two picks, but that has come against tough competition in the form of the Broncos, Steelers and Jets. Edge: Cincinnati
Cincinnati rushing (27th) vs Miami rush defense (31st)
Cincinnati’s rushing attack — missing during the first two weeks on the season — came alive with 143 yards and two scores against the Broncos in Week 3. The Dolphins’ rush defense, on the other hand, has been trending in the wrong direction, having allowed over 160 yards rushing in their last two contests. Miami has yet to hold a team under 100 yards on the ground, and their job won’t get any easier against Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Edge: Cincinnati
Matt Darr has pinned Dolphins opponents inside the 20-yard line seven times already this season, and his 48.2 yards-per-punt average is good for 10th best in the league. Andrew Franks has been solid in his limited attempts, going three-for-four in field-goal attempts and making all seven of his extra points. Cincinnati’s Mike Nugent has made seven of his eight field goals this year and all five of his extra points, while punter Kevin Huber has posted a respectable 46 yards per kick. Darr and the Dolphins have a slight edge in this one, which should help Miami’s struggling defense start with decent field position. Edge: Miami
DAVIE–Ndamukong Suh gave his weekly press conference this afternoon before the Dolphins went into the bubble for practice and hit on a variety of subjects. One of the more interesting exchanges was Suh saying he has no idea when he’s double-teamed or triple-teams or even taking on five guys at once.
Adam Gase says Suh is double-teamed almost all the time. Is that correct?
“I don’t pay attention to those things,” Suh said. “There’s no point. I would imagine that I’d be double-teamed most of the time, but at the end of the day, whoever’s in front of me whether it’s one, two, three, four or five guys, my goal is to beat them and get after the quarterback or the running back.”