4-3 Miami Dolphins travels to State Farm Stadium on Week 9 to face 5-2 Arizona Cardinals.
Both the Dolphins and Cardinals won their final game, with Miami beating out the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8 and the Cardinals knocking out the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7. Arizona had Week 8 as goodbye week.
This game between Dolphins and Cardinals has two bright young midfielders. Miami’s rookie gunman Tua Tagovailoa will have his second match of his career with former overall No. 1player Kyler Murray. Both youngsters excitedly face off against each other in an exciting end-to-end match in Arizona.
With the Dolphins-Cardinals game coming up here, let’s take a look at four bold predictions for the competition from a Miami perspective.
1. Tua Tagovailoa threw two passes to the ground
In his NFL debut against Rams, Tagovailoa struggled despite the Dolphins winning. The left flank was 12/22 93 yards away with a touch pass.
Tagovailoa is expected to be below average compared to the Rams, who have one of the better defenses in the NFL. With another week of practice with the first team, we expect Tagovailoa to play much better against the Cardinals. Look for the 22-year-old to launch two passes that encounter the Arizona defense sometimes tends to give up some of the big side plays.
Cardinals’ defense is getting 20.9 points per game during the season, ranking ninth in the NFL. However, as we have seen with other teams, NFL clubs about to say goodbye to their week can sometimes be a little tiring, so look for Tagovailoa and Dolphins for some early deep shots and check out Cardinals after their goodbye week.
2. Dolphins salvage Kyler Murray twice
Dolphins with the NFL top scorer going into Week 9. They only give 18.6 points per game during the season and limit Rams to just 17 points in Week 8 in South Florida.
Led by Xavien Howard, who has four interceptions during the season, the Dolphins won seven interceptions as a team in 2020. We let Miami beat Murray twice in Week 9 and don’t surprise if one of those interceptions is select-six.
The Dolphins defense scored a goal in Week 8 against Rams, when full-back Andrew Van Ginkel rediscovered a fumbling and brought it home at 78 yards. If the Miami defense can put pressure on Murray in his pocket and keep the margins locked to prevent the player from running speed, Murray’s short stature could make him unable to take the throws and read properly, this could lead to some interception.
3. DeVante Parker scored a touch, going over 100 yards
The DeVante Parker Expansion Dolphin has only caught three yards in Week 8 before Rams. Look for Miami and Tagovailoa to help Parker get more involved than the Cardinals as the Dolphins will need to have some big plays to win the game.
The Cardinals struggled to stop Seahawks’s Tyler Lockett from wide-open in Week 7. He scored 15 catches within 200 yards and three taps. While we don’t have Parker having such a monster game, look for the 27-year-old to enter the final area for the fourth time this season and sign up for a second match to receive the ball at 100 yards. .
So far during the season, Parker has 30 shots on 367 yards and three taps. He’s on good terms with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but now Dolphins needs Parker to develop chemistry with Tagovailoa, the future in Miami.
4. Dolphins beat Cardinals to improve to 5-3
This match will have a low score of goals as both teams have a solid defense. With the Dolphins taking a big home win over Rams and the Cardinals likely to rust as a result of the goodbye week, we beat Miami this game to improve to 5-3 in the season.
It may not always be pretty, but we can see the Dolphins move the ball down the field pretty well against the Cardinals’ defense. Since Miami has a better defense in this match, look for the regular Dolphins that have a better starting position than the Cardinals. That should give Tagovailoa some easy scores to boost confidence on his second NFL start.
Dolphins is in second place in the AFC East rankings. Buffalo Bills are in first place with a 6-2 record, but they face the Seahawks in Week 9 and are beaten in that competition. If the Dolphins can win against Cardinals and the Bills fall to Seattle, Miami will be closer to first place in the group.