Miami Dolphins head out west to play the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Sunday. The Dolphins are 1-3 following a 31-23 loss on Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks. Although Miami has lost three of its first four the Dolphins coaching staff led by head coach Brian Flores have yet to bench starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and start rookie Tua Tagovailoa under center.
San Francisco is 2-2 following its 25-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Injuries are beginning to mount for San Francisco as the 49ers lost Ziggy Ansah to a season-ending torn biceps and K’Waun Williams was put on injured reserve. The 49ers are already playing without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, running back Raheem Mostert, cornerback Ankello Witherspoon, cornerback Emmanuel Mosley, defensive lineman Dee Ford and pass-rushing phenom Nick Bosa. There are several other injuries for the 49ers but the list is too long to name.
Ryan Fitzpatrick doing just enough to remain on the fieldThe Miami offense is averaging 106.8 yards rushing and 240.3 yards passing which are 21st and 20th respectively in the NFL, which makes it no surprise that the Dolphins are 24th in the league in scoring at 23.3 points per game. Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has done enough to remain on the field and keep his starting job. Fitzpatrick has passed for 994 yards and four touchdowns while being picked off five times. Myles Gaskin is Miami's leading rusher with 192 yards and Devante Parker is the leading receiver with 279 yards and one touchdown.
Miami's defense is ranked 14th overall. Miami is allowing an average of 124.7 yards per game rushing and 285 yards per game passing. The Dolphins defense is giving up an average of 24.0 points per game which is 20th overall in the NFL. Linebacker Jerome Baker has a team-high 32 tackles and linebacker Elandon Roberts is second in tackles with 20.
Miami's injuries include cornerback Byron Jones and safety Kavon Fraser who are both questionable for Sunday's game with the 49ers, while defensive end Shaq Lawson is probable.
Injuries decimating 49ers on both sides of the ballThe number of injuries San Francisco has is almost too high to count and key players on both the offense and defense or out for extended periods of time or for the rest of the season. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is questionable for this week's game versus Miami but could return. In his absence, Nick Mullens has passed for 614 yards and two touchdowns, but has been intercepted three times. Jerick McKinnon is leading the 49ers in rushing with 193 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Tight end George Kittle has a team-high 227 yards receiving and one touchdown. The 49ers are averaging 128.5 yards rushing and 262.0 yards passing per game and scoring an average of 26.8 points per game.
The San Francisco team defense is fourth overall allowing an average of 97.5 yards per game rushing and 194.7 yards per game passing. The 49ers defense is giving up just 17.8 points per game which is third best in the NFL. The 49ers are accomplishing this without top defensive linemen such as Dee Ford and Nick Bosa. Linebacker Fred Warner is carrying the load with a team-high 33 tackles while linebacker Kwon Alexander has 25.
- San Francisco is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 as the favorite
- Miami is 1-7-1 ATS and the last nine against San Francisco