Here’s a look at how the Miami Dolphins (5-7) and the New York Giants (4-7) match up in six key areas ahead of Sunday’s 13th week at Hard Rock Stadium (13:00, FOX):
When dolphins run: Dolphins are at least starting to make good use of the run game where opponents have to respect it, which was not the case before. In their last two wins over the New York Jets and the Carolina Panthers, they had 33 and 39 quick games, respectively. Their average carry yards in these two games are 3.5 and 2.8. So there is still room for improvement, but combined with effective short passing play, it was good enough.
Miami is still the 31st fastest attacker in the NFL, ahead of Miles Gaskin’s 482 yards at 3.5 yards per carry. Maybe adding the veteran former Pro Bowl back to Philip Lindsay will spark the spark. In the Dolphins debut, he has already run 42 yards 12 times with just one practice session, one run and some extra work.
The Giants are the 26th fastest runner in the NFL at 127.7 yards per game. They just lost 208 yards on the ground to the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, but about a third of that went to quarterback Jalen Herts. Inner midfielder Tae Crowder leads New York with 79 tackles. Dolphins coach Brian Flores called Leonard Williams a “serious problem” with 57 tackles in front of the Giants – 3-4. Edge: Giants
When the giants run: The Dolphins have kept opponents 84.4 yards per game in their last seven outs. Only twice in that period has an opponent run over 100 yards on a team, and both were 102. Miami’s defenses, which were one of the worst at the start, are now in the top 10, even with such a terrible start.
On the other hand, the Giants have held below 100 yards in six of their last eight games. They are the 26th best NFL game. Senior running back Saakwon Barkley returned from an ankle injury within two weeks, but has since been limited to only 19 carries against the Buccaneers and the Eagles.
Aside from the Raekwon Davis’ nose-kick since his serious return to the squad, fellow defenders Zack Zeiler, Christian Wilkins and Emmanuel Ogba have played well, while the midfielders and defenders are tier two. Edge: Dolphins
When dolphins pass: Tua Tagovailoa has gone 54 of 64 (84.3%) for 503 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the last two games, beating the Jets and Panthers – Panthers, who came out last Sunday as the NFL’s best passing defense. He did it without Will Fuller and DeVante Parker, but he could bring Parker back as the 6’3 receiver returned to training this week. Rookie Jaylen Waddle retires with nine receptions, 137 yards and touchdowns.
Cornerback James Bradburry is one of the best players in the NFL in his position. He has three interceptions this season, while second-year defender Xavier McKinney has five interceptions to protect the 28th-ranked Giants passes. Williams and outside midfielder Aziz Ojulari each have 5 1/2 sacks to throw at the striker.
There must be something between the dash of the giants and the protection of the dolphins. In accordance with ESPNNew York City has the worst pass win rate in the NFL, while Miami has the worst pass win rate in the league. Edge: Even
When the giants pass: The situation with the Giants defender is constantly changing and Daniel Jones is reportedly unlikely to play due to neck strain. Coach Joe Judge and Jones himself have argued that he can still play, but that it will be seasoned apprentice Mike Glennon who starts with the Giants for the first time if Jones can’t get away. Glennon is 6-21 in his starting lineup.
Broad rookie receiver Cadarius Tony leads the way with 392 yards, but he dropped out earlier this week with oblique and quadriceps injuries, as did fellow Sterling Shepard, who has 324 yards in five games. Heavy veteran successor Kenny Golladay and tight end Evan Engram should be accounted for and should be a core element of Miami’s defensive plan. Barkley can also be active in the passage of the game.
The Dolphins had 16 of 28 sacks in a season in this winning streak of four games, so they are doing well now. Rookie Jalan Phillips had his career best performance with three sacks. Miami tied for sixth in the NFL with 19 totals. The Dolphins led the league in turnover rates last year and recovered from a slow first half of the season in that department. Edge: Dolphins
Special commands: I’ve been moving away from the Dolphins in this category in recent weeks due to Jason Sanders’ misses, but Miami’s ability to play cardinal games like Duke Riley’s blocked pant turned into a touchdown with Justin Coleman’s recovery. back Miami here.
Having conceded an extra point on Sunday, Sanders have conceded a shot in five of his last seven games and has 15 of 20 field goals this season. Graeme Gano of New York – 22 of 25 goals scored from a field goal. Dolphin player Michael Palardi has one of the lowest average punt yards in the NFL (44.2), but he is # 3 in the league in pints, placed at 20 (21) as gunner McHollins provided a lot of support there. Riley Dixon from New York has an average rating of 45.3 points. Edge: Dolphins
Intangible assets: A streak of victories, a home advantage, the tenacity of Miami’s defense, Tagovailoa’s effective play all seem to favor the Dolphins. Meanwhile, the Giants are 1-4 away this season. They are also two weeks away from offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, as Freddie Kitchens now calls the game. New York-based defense coordinator Pat Graham held the same position in Miami in 2019, so it will be interesting to see who has more information on the opposing trends in coaching. Edge: Dolphins
FORECAST: Dolphins 24, Giants 13