First and foremost, the Rams will be starting 2016 NFL Draft #1 overall pick quarterback Jared Goff.
This – coming after ten weeks of miserable quarterback play – gives the rookie a friendly home field advantage. The only remaining question is if Jared is indeed armed with sufficient knowledge (we know he has ability) to meet or actually elevate the offense’s play.
However, I digress.
Lets get back to our scheduled programming. Here are your five Miami Dolphins players to watch:
RB Jay Ajayi
Ajayi exploded onto the radar Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, gaining 204 yards on 25 carries (an 8.2 average) and two touchdowns. He followed up that exceptional “debut“ with another 200-yard game against the Buffalo Bills (28 carries, 214 yards, 7.6 ypc, one TD). Ajayi’s consecutive 200-yard game streak was snapped against the New York Jets; Jay was only able to accrue 111 yards on 24 carries and one score.
Ajayi is running hard for the Dolphins at this moment. He is fire red hot.
L.A. ranks in at ten in yards per carry at an average of 3.9 yards allowed. The team allows the 17th most rushing yards per game (103.1 ypg), however.
WR Jarvis Landry
Landry leads Miami in receptions and receiving yards with 55 catches for 658 yards.
Those numbers are eerily similar to Rams’ Kenny Britt’s stat-line (44 catches, 693 yards). Jarvis is the Dolphin’s go-to receiver. Taking him out of the game will force the Dolphin’s to solely rely on the running game.
Fellow receivers Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker are other options to keep an eye on. Stills leads the Dolphins with four receiving TDs while Parker is second in terms of receiving yards behind Landry with 406 yards.
DT Ndamukong Suh
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is to Miami what Aaron Donald is to the Rams: a disruptive force up front defensively. Suh has five sacks from his DT position on the inside of the defensive front. No easy feat.
It will be a long day for the Rams’ offensive line. Center Tim Barnes is not strong enough nor physical enough to hold off Suh. Hell, right guard Cody Wichmann will not help much either. LG Rodger Saffold is not up to par (he has regressed this season) against Suh either.
LG Laremy Tunsil
Rams main core on defense is the defensive line. Defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers are the most vital clogs.
Thus, it must be up to the Dolphins interior offensive line to hold up against the Rams’ hogs up front.
Tunsil at left guard and center Mike Pouncey make a formidable duo inside for Miami.
DE Cameron Wake
Outside linebacker Cam Wake is Miami’s premier pass rusher. The eighth-year veteran and former CFL standout has accumulated seven sacks this season.
Wake must be licking his chops looking at the Rams offensive line.
Wake lines up at left DE for the Dolphin’s 4-3 look meaning he will spend his Sunday lining up against right tackle Rob Havenstein. Big Rob has not performed up to par with his rookie campaign. In fact, he’s look like he’s regressed some (in fairness, the entire line seems to be inferior).