The Miami Dolphins travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Week 8’s Thursday Night Football matchup. The Dolphins are 4-2 and tied with the Buffalo Bills for second in the AFC East, while the Ravens are 3-4 and sit in second place in the AFC North Division. With the help of Remarkable! let’s take a look at how each team matches up…
The Dolphins will be without Jay Cutler this week, but the passing game can’t be much worse without him. Miami is currently dead last in passing with only 1,081 yards. Matt Moore will take over the duties at quarterback this week, and Jarvis Landry will be a big target. This season, Landry has:
- 45 receptions (tied for 2nd most among WRs in NFL).
- Gained 160 yards after the catch on plays under center (12th most among WRs in NFL).
- 26 first down receptions (5th most among WRs in NFL).
In the backfield, the Dolphins lean on Jay Ajayi. This season, Ajayi has 125 rushing attempts, sixth most among RBs. He has rushed for 442 yards this season, seventh most and is a strong runner, picking up 87 yards after contact on plays under center since Week 2 this season, fifth most among RBs.
The dominant force for this team comes on the defensive side of the ball. The Dolphins defense has allowed just 82.3 rushing yards per game (494/6) this season, fifth best in the NFL (League Avg: 109.5). The strong defensive line has hit opposing QBs on 21.7 percent of dropbacks on third down since Week 2 of this season, fourth best in the NFL (League Avg: 16.7 percent). When games are coming down to the wire, the Dolphins defense has stepped up. The defense has created pressure against opposing QBs 12 times in close and late situations* this season (6th most in NFL). They are strong against the run, but can shut down opponent passing attacks, too. The Dolphins defense has allowed 175.0 Passing Yards per game (350/2) on the road this season, fifth best in the NFL (League Avg: 236.7).
*Close and late situations: A lead of 16 points or less during the fourth quarter with five or more minutes to play or a lead of eight points or less with less than five minutes to play.
Joe Flacco has yet return to Super Bowl form, but the Ravens are still right in the thick of a tough AFC race. One area where Flacco can stand to get better is third down. The Baltimore quarterback has been sacked 13 times on third down this season, most in the NFL. Flacco has also thrown eight interceptions, tied for third most in the NFL.
The leading receiver for the Ravens is Mike Wallace, but he’s currently listed as questionable after taking a big hit on Sunday. Despite leading the team in receiving yards, Wallace has only been targeted four times per game (28/7) this season, lowest of 73 qualified WRs in the NFL (League Avg: 4.4).
Baltimore’s has a strong running game, and leading the way is Javorius Allen. This season, the third year running back has:
- 31 receptions (6th most among RBs in NFL)
- Rushed for 86 yards on 3rd down (2nd most among RBs in NFL).
- Picked up 127 yards after contact (4th most among RBs in NFL).
The Ravens defense is strong and at or near the top of many categories. Opponents only average 16.6 completions per game (116/7) against the Ravens defense this season, best in the NFL (League Avg: 21.5). Also, the Ravens defense has intercepted 10 of 210 pass attempts (21.0 pass attempts per int.) this season, best in the NFL (League Avg: 40.5). Adding to those stellar numbers, the defense has a 3.3 turnover percentage (15/457) this season, fifth best in the NFL.
Which defense will come through for their team? Which Quarterback will step up for their team tonight? Tune in tonight to find out!
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