5 Bold Predictions for Dolphins vs. Cheetahs

5 Bold Predictions for Dolphins vs. Cheetahs

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Call it a few back. Cam Newton returned to Carolina. Most importantly, the Miami Dolphins won three games in a row after 1-7.

Talk about two teams whose seasons have evolved in different directions? The Carolina Panthers won their first three games but lost six of their last eight games and won 5-6. The Miami Dolphins won on opening day in New England, lost seven games in a row, but are now in the midst of a three-game winning streak.

Since the two teams meet in South Florida on Sunday, are either of them able to make a serious playoff? And what to expect this weekend at Hard Rock Stadium?

5. QB Tua Tagovailoa runs for one landing, throws for another two

Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was instrumental but not spectacular. But when he was available, he kept his team in the game and made few fouls. This is the Miami team that ranks 28th in the league in yards per game. And only the Houston Texans won fewer yards per competition on the ground.

Yes, these dolphins are somewhat limited offensively. The team has yet to score at least 30 points in any game this year. Regardless of who the quarterback was this season, Dolphins’ offensive unit has only made it into the end zone 21 times in 11 games.

But Tagovailoa somehow finds a way. Despite missing four games this season, he has thrown nine times and ran for three more. Carolina’s defense has been thwarted on more than one occasion.

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