Dolphins host the Eagles as both teams look for a winning formula

Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (67)

WINNERSANDWINNERS.COM – The Philadelphia Eagles will travel to Hard Rock Stadium on Tuesday night as they prepare for a must-win matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

At 5-6, the Eagles have largely disappointed this season but they remain in the thick of the NFC East race, just one game back of the division-leading Dallas Cowboys. Miami is cruising its way towards a top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. While the Dolphins aren’t likely to get the No.1 overall pick, thanks to the winless (0-11) Cincinnati Bengals, they will still have a chance to land a franchise quarterback in a very talented draft. Can Philadelphia get back on the winning track in Miami on Sunday?

The Eagles are poised to finish the season strong with one of the easiest schedules in the NFL over the final five weeks. Philadelphia will play Miami, Washington, and the New York Giants twice during that span with an all-important matchup against the division-leading Cowboys in Week 16. The Dolphins, Redskins, and Giants all come into the week with 2-9 overall records, making it a real possibility that Philadelphia could win out or end the season with at least nine wins. Dallas plays Buffalo, Chicago, and the L.A. Rams before taking on the Eagles in Philadelphia in Week 16.

The focus on the Dolphins’ season turned to next year before they even played a game. Twelve weeks into the regular season and few things have changed. Miami has plenty of draft capital in the upcoming NFL Draft, including three first-round picks. However, Pittsburgh and Houston have excelled since making deals with the Dolphins, pushing their picks back towards the end of the first round. As it stands now, the Dolphins are set to have picks No. 3, No. 21, and No. 25 in the first round of the draft, which should set them up for a quick rebuild.

What’s wrong with Wentz?

Wentz has struggled to rekindle the magic he displayed in his second year in the league but has performed admirably given the circumstances this season. The Eagles’ quarterback has thrown for 2,530 yards, 17 touchdowns, and only six interceptions but has been plagued by a banged-up receiving corps and poor accuracy at times this year. To make matters worse, head coach Doug Pederson said that Wentz is dealing with a bruise on his throwing hand. While the quarterback isn’t expected to miss any practice time, it’s just another setback on a growing list of things hampering Wentz’s development. He comes into the week averaging just 6.52 yards per attempt, which ranks 30th in the NFL, and his completion percentage (62.6 percent) ranks 21st in the league.

The Eagles opted to release veteran wide receiver Jordan Matthews, ending his second stint with the team. In two games with the Eagles this season, Matthews was targeted 12 times but caught only four balls for 33 yards. Both Nelson Agholar and Alshon Jeffrey are expected to make their return to the field soon.

On defense, Philadelphia has given up 22.5 points and 325.7 yards of total offense per contest.

Dolphins moving to running back by committee

Miami fell to 2-9 after losing to the Cleveland Browns 41-24 last week in their first game since Myles Garrett’s season-long suspension. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 214 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while also leading the team in rushing with 45 yards and a score on the ground. DeVante Park caught six balls for 91 yards while Allen Hurns and Mike Gesicki both caught touchdown passes in the loss.

The Dolphins will have to find a way to improve upon the NFL’s worst rushing attack. Miami has averaged just 63.2 yards per game on the ground — by far the worst mark in the NFL. In fact, it would the lowest average for a team in the last 77 years. Kallen Ballege, the Dolphins’ starting running back for the last three games, has averaged just 1.9 yards per carry this year, the lowest mark by a player with 70 carries in the league since 1953. Changes could be in order soon though, as rookies Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin are starting to earn some trust from the coaching staff and last week’s game turned looked more like a running-back-by-committee than anything else. Still, Miami is on pace to set the NFL-record for the fewest rushing yards in a season. They have just 695 rushing yards as a team this year.

The Dolphins enter this week’s matchup allowing 31.5 points per game and 400.9 yards of total offense per contest. They own the second-worst rush defense in the league behind the Cincinnati Bengals and have a league-low 14 sacks in 11 games this year.

The Dolphins will have to find a way to improve upon the NFL’s worst rushing attack. Miami has averaged just 63.2 yards per game on the ground — by far the worst mark in the NFL. In fact, it would the lowest average for a team in the last 77 years. Kallen Ballege, the Dolphins’ starting running back for the last three games, has averaged just 1.9 yards per carry this year, the lowest mark by a player with 70 carries in the league since 1953. Changes could be in order soon though, as rookies Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin are starting to earn some trust from the coaching staff and last week’s game turned looked more like a running-back-by-committee than anything else. Still, Miami is on pace to set the NFL-record for the fewest rushing yards in a season. They have just 695 rushing yards as a team this year.

The Dolphins enter this week’s matchup allowing 31.5 points per game and 400.9 yards of total offense per contest. They own the second-worst rush defense in the league behind the Cincinnati Bengals and have a league-low 14 sacks in 11 games this year.

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Written By Nick Raffoul

Shortly after graduating with an Honors in Business Administration, Nick turned his attention from traditional stocks and bonds to investing in the performance of sports teams. And has now joined our team here at Winners & Whiners. Nick uses a combination of advanced stats and historical data to create sports investment models to identify value and generate consistent profits. Let Nick win for you.

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