Week 1 in the NFL did not disappoint with nine matchups finishing within a touchdown. But, the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins didn’t follow the trend of keeping the game close. The Dolphins beat their AFC East division rival, New England Patriots, 20-7. The Ravens defeated the New York Jets 24-9 while facing many injuries.
This is one of the closest matchups this week between two of the most high-powered offenses in the NFL. One team is filled with recovering players that suffered significant injuries, while the other team has primarily minor injuries.
Miami Dolphins SIC Score 91.3
One of the dolphins’ star cornerbacks, Byron Jones, was put on the PUP list before week one after facing a left ankle injury all through training camp. The Ravens could try to take advantage of an injured Dolphins secondary.
Austin Jackson is the starting right tackle for the Miami Dolphins. In his first game of the season, he posted a 56.8 PFF grade before getting his ankle injury early into the game. He hasn’t practiced this week. Look for Greg Little to take his place at right tackle.
Cedrick Wilson got a three-year 22.05 million dollar contract with the Dolphins this off-season. He is supposed to be the third wide receiver for a new offense under Mike McDaniel. He injured his toe in the team's Week 1 game and has logged one limited practice this week. Wilson might be a little hampered this week. But, since he isn’t projected to receive a lot of targets, the injury should affect him much.
Baltimore Ravens SIC Score 80.1
The Baltimore Ravens are one of the most injured teams in the NFL, and Ronnie Stanley might be their most crucial injured player. Stanley has had multiple ankle surgeries over the past two seasons and has a 31 SIC Score. He’s recovering from a severe injury, and the team shouldn't rush him back. He’s logged one practice this week as a limited participant but don’t expect him to play this Sunday.
At one point, the Ravens had one of the best cornerback duos in the NFL with Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey. Both had season-ending injuries last season that has slowed down their ability to play early in the season. It’s been about a year since Peters tore his ACL, so he should be returning to the field soon. He was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and a full participant in practice on Thursday. But, it’s difficult for corners to play well from an ACL tear this soon because they can't dictate which direction they have to turn. Humphrey was recently put on the injury report with a groin injury. Nevertheless, it’s something to watch up until kickoff to see if he’s hampered in pregame warmups.
J.K. Dobbins hasn’t played since the 2020 season because of an ACL tear with some LCL damage. He’s been a full participant in practice this week and looks to make his return to action. Even though he should play, look for him to be limited and have 10 or fewer carries.
Dolphins vs. Ravens Week 2 Odds
The Ravens are favored by 3.5 points over the Miami Dolphins, and the O/U is 44.5 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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