Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Who has the edge? Dolphins (5-7) vs Giants (4-7)

Here’s a look at how the Miami Dolphins (5-7) and New York Giants (4-7) match in six key fields ahead of Sunday’s Week 13 game at Hard Rock Stadium (1 p.m., FOX):

When Dolphins Run: The Dolphins are starting to at least make enough use of the run game where opponents have to respect it, which was not the case before. He had 33 and 39 fast-paced plays in the last two victories over the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers, respectively. His yards-per-carry averages in those two games: 3.5 and 2.8. So, it could still use some work, but combined with an efficient short passing game, it’s been good enough.

Miami is still ranked 31st in the NFL, with Miles Gaskin’s 482 rushing yards advancing at 3.5 yards per carry. Maybe a spark could come from the addition of veteran former Pro Bowl back Philip Lindsay. He completed only one practice, one walkthrough, and some extra work in the first 12 times for 42 yards on his Dolphins debut.

The Giants rank 26th in the NFL in run defense with 127.7 yards allowed per game. He surrendered 208 yards on the ground to the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, but nearly a third of that was to quarterback Jalen Harts. Linebacker Tae Crowder led New York with 79 tackles. Dolphins coach Brian Flores called defensive end Leonard Williams, who has 57 tackles in the Giants’ 3-4 front, “a big problem.” Edge: giants

When Giants Run: The Dolphins have clocked 84.4 rushing yards per game to opponents in the past seven innings. Only twice in that period did an opponent run for more than 100 yards as a team, and both were 102. Miami’s run defense, which started out as one of the worst, is now in the top 10, even with that terrible start.

The Giants, on the other hand, have been kept running below 100 yards in six of their last eight matches. He has the 26th ranked run game in the NFL. Star running back Saxon Barkley is back from his ankle injury for two weeks, but he has since been limited, receiving only 19 carries in games against the Buccaneers and Eagles.

Since his return to the lineup in earnest, fellow defensive linemen Zach Seeler, Christian Wilkins and Emmanuel Ogba have played well, and linebackers and Safaris are tackling on to another level, dealing with Rakwon Davis’ impact beyond the nose. . Edge: dolphin

When Dolphins Pass: Tua Tagovailoa has gone 54 of 64 (84.3%) for 503 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the last two games, winning over the Jets and the Panthers – the Panthers entered as the NFL’s top pass defense last Sunday. Has been doing. He’s done it without Will Fuller and DeVante Parker, but he may back Parker as the 6-foot-3 receiver returns to practice this week. Rookie Jaylen Waddle is coming off a career game of nine receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown.

Cornerback James Bradberry is one of the top players in the NFL in his place. He has three interceptions this season, and second-year safety Xavier McKinney has five interceptions for the Giants’ 28th-ranked pass defense. Williams and outside linebacker Aziz Ozulari have 5 1/2 sacks to run to a passerby.

Something has to offer between Giants Pass Rush and Dolphin Pass security. According to ESPN, New York has the NFL’s worst pass-rush win rate, while Miami owns the league’s worst pass-block win rate. Edge: even

When Giants Pass: The Giants’ quarterback position has fluctuated as Daniel Jones is reportedly unlikely to play due to a neck strain. Coaches Joe Judge and Jones themselves have said they can still play, but if Jones is unable to go, veteran traveler Mike Glennon will make his debut with the Giants. To begin with, Glennon is 6-21 years old in his career.

Rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toni leads the Giants in receiving with 392 yards, but he was ruled out of practice earlier this week with oblique and quadriceps injuries, as has fellow wideout Sterling Shepard, who has five games to spare. It has 324 yards. Big-bodied veteran receiver Kenny Gollade and tight end Evan Engram will have to focus defensively and emphasize Miami’s game plan. Barkley can also be active in the passing game.

The Dolphins have gotten 16 of their 28 sacks in the season during this four-game winning streak, so they’re hitting their stride right now. Rookie Jaylen Phillips made the best three sack performance of his career. Miami ranks sixth in the NFL with 19 takeaways. The Dolphins led the league in compelling turnovers last year and bounced back in the season from a slow first half in that department. Edge: dolphin

Special Teams: I’ve been moving away from the Dolphins in this category in recent weeks because of kicker Jason Sanders’ omission, but Miami’s ability to make game-changing plays as Duke Riley blocked the punt, with Justin Coleman’s recovery Turned in a touchdown, let’s go back here on the way to Miami.

After missing an extra point on Sunday, Sanders has missed a kick in five of the last seven games and is on 15 of 20 on field goals in the season. Graham Gano of New York scored 22 for 25 on field goal. Dolphins punter Michael Palardi has the lowest yards-per-punt average in the NFL (44.2), but he is ranked No. 3 in the league in punts placed inside 20 (21) because gunner Mack Hollins has offered plenty of support there. . New York’s Riley Dixon averages 45.3 on punts. Edge: dolphin

Abstract: The winning streak, the lead in home turf, persistence playing with Miami’s defence, Tagovailoa’s skilful play – it all seems to be in favor of the Dolphins. Meanwhile, the Giants lead 1-4 this season. She has also been put off two weeks after her split with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett as Freddie’s Kitchen is now calling plays. New York defensive coordinator Pat Graham held the same position in Miami in 2019, so it will be interesting to see who has more information about opposing coaching tendencies. Edge: dolphin

Prediction: Dolphins 24, Giants 13

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