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Monday, November 29, 2021

Who has the advantage? Dolphins (4-7) vs. Panthers (5-6)

Here’s a look at how the Miami Dolphins (4-7) and Carolina Panthers (5-6) match up in six key areas ahead of Sunday’s Week 12 game at Hard Rock Stadium (13:00, FOX):

When dolphins run: The Dolphins returned to running against the Jets. Although he only gave them 3.5 yards per carry compared to running defense, which is at the very bottom of the league, he was respectable enough to help open passes with play and pass opportunities as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa performed better than 80 percent. gear. in victory in New York.

Miami is looking for minor member Miles Gaskin in the background. Malcolm Brown is still in reserve and Salvon Ahmed is ineffective and Duke Johnson was fired from the training team last week. The Dolphins said Wednesday that the former Broncos and Texans beat Phillip Lindsay off of rejections, so perhaps his speed will help improve the NFL’s fast-paced 31st-ranked NFL attack, which averages 77.4 yards per game on the ground.

The Panthers are ranked 19th in the NFL in running defense, delivering 114.5 yards per game. It starts with Derrick Brown and Daquan Jones defensive tackles inside the defensive line. Safety Jeremy Chinn leads Carolina’s tackle defense (71), with midfielders Shack Thompson, Haason Reddick and Jermaine Carter very active. Edge: Panthers

When the panthers run: All-Pro running Christian McCaffrey missed time earlier this season, but he is back and the Dolphins will be busy defending him. After also being injured last season, the Panthers have eased his workload in three games since his return. He has yet to have 15 carries in any of his three games since his return, but is averaging 5.5 yards per try in those games and is also active in the passing game.

The Dolphins must now also consider quarterback Cam Newton and his running ability. He has 60 yards and two touchdowns in 13 tries on two of his games, one start after returning to Carolina. The Dolphins met him twice last season when he was in New England, so they didn’t have to dig too deep into their old game plan files. They were better in their second leg against Newton that season, so they can build on that and also effectively stop Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson two weeks ago.

Dolphins have thrown the most yards since week 5 – 102, twice. Since then, the number of opponents in four other Miami games has been double-digit. So while Carolina is very talented at running, I’m going to name this match even, especially after seeing the Dolphins stop running against Baltimore two weeks ago. Edge: Even

When dolphins pass: The Panthers have the best passing defense in the NFL, and looking at their minor and passing rushers makes it very clear why. Carolina has had Pro Bowl elite defender Stephon Gilmore since he was acquired from the Patriots on October 6, but the Panthers have weakened his role by keeping him out and gradually increasing his momentum. Even then, he already had two interceptions in four games. The Panthers also have talented defenders Donte Jackson, A.J. Bowie and former University of Florida and Miami Columbus player C.J. Henderson, selected in the first round by Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020.

Carolina is ranked third in the NFL for sacks with 30 sacks. Reddick already has 10 1/2 in a season, while former American Heritage High star Brian Burns has seven. This could be a problem for Miami’s attacking line, which is giving up a lot of pressure and sacks, but the Dolphins are out of the game in which they did not allow sacks. Perhaps some of the RPO views could counter the aggressive aggressiveness of the Panthers.

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Tagovailoa continues to recover from a fractured rib and middle finger on his throwing hand. He had 27 of 33 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against New York. Tagovailoa will still be free of the often injured receivers Will Fuller and DeVante Parker, but he may face frequent slot receivers Jaylen Waddle and team talent Mike Gesicki, plus he was able to find Mac Hollins during his longest touchdown pass last Sunday. Edge: Panthers

When the Panthers pass: In fact, since Newton’s return, there has been one sample game for Panthers. The former MVP went 21 of 27 for 189 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Washington soccer team, but it was a 27-21 defeat. He also threw and ran to touchdown in assorted packs near the goal line in his first game back, beating the Arizona Cardinals before getting started last Sunday.

Wide-receiver DJ Moore leads the Panthers with 62 receptions at 751 yards and four touchdowns. McCaffrey catches the ball dangerously out of bounds, making 37 catches for 343 yards and touching down in just six games. South Plantation senior graduate Robbie Anderson, who the Dolphins ran into a lot when he was with the Jets, has 28 receptions on 273 yards and three touchdowns a year.

The Delphin Pass defense at 29th is a bit deceiving. Cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Byron Jones were injured early in the season, and the 437 passing yards posted by the Buccaneers in Week 5 add to that number. Miami has kept passers-by 300 yards away for four weeks. Jones had a miss against Jets rookie Elijah Moore during a 62-yard touchdown last week, but expect the Dolphins to tighten up this man’s coverage and come to Newton with their blitz packs. Edge: Dolphins

Special commands: Jason Sanders has had up to five penalties for the season with his last 32-yard goal hitting a counter at MetLife Stadium. Dolphin player Michael Palardi averages 44.5 yards per punt, but Hollins, as a gunner, is often good at knocking one of his antlers deep into enemy territory.

Panthers kicker Zane Gonzalez – 19/21, both penalties from over 50 yards. Panther Luck Edwards has an average score of 47.9 points. None of the teams have returned touchdowns this year. Edge: Panthers

Intangible assets: The Dolphins take advantage of the momentum of a three-game winning streak and start their team knowing that they need each one to stay alive for their postseason post. In this series they lost to the Jets and the Texans, but also played and played against the Ravens. I think they understand what’s at stake and how well the Panthers can play, especially now that Newton is there. They don’t want to let him get started and give him cartridges for his patented rubbish chatter. Edge: Dolphins

FORECAST: Dolphins 20, Panthers 17

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