Even though Arizona stepped up on Sunday and beat the Redskins, they have already fallen far behind in the race for the Playoffs. They had some unforgivable losses this season. It all started with a home loss to New England that was without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Looking at the results after that, it is clear that this squad never really rebounded from that loss.
Miami was in the Playoff picture last week but got smashed in Baltimore against the Ravens. Now, they are outside looking in, in need of a win. Cardinals are not having a good season, but they are still a decent team, and Miami has their work cut out for them in this match.
It all starts with the defense for Miami. It needs to make something happen against this shaky Cardinals’ offense. One week they are good, and Palmer is connecting with his wideouts, but then they would follow that with a no-show performance. Dolphins D needs to step up in this one and rebound from that disaster of performance that they had in Baltimore.
Running game will be the key for these rivals. The team that is able to run the ball better will likely win this match. David Johnson of the Cardinals has established himself as one of the best backs in the game. Jay Ajayi has an amazing run in the second half of this season, but it all goes down the water for Miami if they don’t win this duel.
We think they will, but it’s more about the bad and untrustworthy Cardinals than the good Miami Dolphins. Tannehill will have a decent day, but it’s going to be Ajayi who will lead this team to a 28:24 victory against Arizona. A loss here would put an end to Miami’s Playoff hopes and dreams for this season.