After Hurricane Irma postponed their Week 1 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Dolphins will finally hit the field for the first time in 2017 on Sunday as they will take on the Los Angeles Chargers out on the west coast.
For LA their defense figured things out too late in their opening loss to the Denver Broncos.
Late in the fourth quarter of a 31-24 loss to the Dolphins last November 13, Williams defended a pass in the end zone on third and goal, preventing the go-ahead touchdown and forcing the Dolphins to kick a game-tying field goal. "My parents get to come to all of the home games, so that's special for them, special for me".
-Dolphins LT Laremy Tunsil vs. Chargers DE Melvin Ingram. This is because the Dolphins had their bye week in week one. The Dolphins vacated Florida last week and have been practicing in a Los Angeles suburb for several days.
Dolphins (+4) over CHARGERS: The second-half energy expended by Los Angeles' old-and-new National Football League team may not be available here against one of the sides whose opener was postponed by Irma. Chargers QB Philip Rivers finished 22-of-33 for 192 yards, three TDs and a pick, while Melvin Gordon was LA's top rusher on 18 carries for 54 yards.
A Los Angeles native, Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane never thought he'd get an opportunity to play in front of his family in his hometown. Chargers - WR Mike Williams (back), CB Jason Verrett (knee) and S Reyshawn Jenkins (concussion) have all been ruled out. Chargers are 3-0 in their last 3 home openers.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Offensively, everything starts for Miami by getting RB Jay Ajayi going, and defensively it all starts with stopping the run. By doing that it also opens up the aerial attack. They need to find a nice balance. That Miami has yet to play a game means players will be fresher - but perhaps a bit rusty.
The defense, which has been a strong point in past seasons, picked off two MI passes and returned them for scores - but also gave up 33 points in the loss. Additionally, the defense needs to capitalize on turnovers and score.