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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Miami Dolphins Prediction & Preview



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In week five of the season, the Miami Dolphins will go on the road and take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Miami has a record of 1-3. Tampa Bay has a record of 3-1.

Dolphins Lose Three Straight

Miami lost 27-17 against the Colts last week and they are on a three-game losing streak. Jacoby Brissett threw for under 200 yards and the Phins were unable to muster a ground game. Miami had 35 total rushing yards against Indianapolis. The game was not very close as Miami trailed 17-3 entering the fourth quarter. Miami’s defense struggled against the Colts as well. They allowed Carson Wentz to complete 75% of his passes. Jonathan Taylor had over 100 rushing yards and a rushing TD.
To make matters worse, two starters left the game for the Dolphins and did not return. Byron Jones left the game against the Colts with a quad injury and did not return. Jone was able to practice on Thursday in a limited fashion. Often injured Will Fuller left the game with a hand injury in the second quarter and immediately went to the locker room. He broke a finger and is expected to be week-to-week. Fuller will miss the game against the Bucs and has been put on IR.
Miami’s offense has been poor this season. They have scored less than 20 points in three out of four games this season. Tua Tagovailoa has broken ribs and was placed on IR. Adam Schefter reports Tua will be back when eligible and should return on October 17 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Backup QB Jacoby Brissett has struggled this season. He has not thrown for over 220 passing yards in any game this season. The Dolphins are bottom five in the league in rushing yards per game. The defense has not been able to generate much pressure, tied for the third-fewest sacks per game this season.

Brady Victorious in Return to Foxborough

Tom Brady went back to Foxborough for the first time since he departed the Patriots. Tampa Bay was able to win the game in a driving rain 19-17. Brady had his worst game of the season, only completing 51.2% of his passes for 269 passing yards and zero passing TDs. The weather had a factor in the game, as it was pouring rain all throughout the game. Leonard Fournette had his best game of the season. He had 20 carries for 91 rushing yards and had three catches for 47 receiving yards. Mike Evans led the Bucs with 75 receiving yards on seven catches. The Bucs’ defense allowed Mac Jones to complete 77.5% of his passes for 275 passing yards but were able to sack him four times and got an interception off Jones.
Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting were already injured and missed last week’s game. Tampa Bay lost another starting CB in Carlton Davis III as well as safety Antoine Winfield Jr. in week four. Davis left the game in the first half with a quad injury. Bruce Arians states "it’ll be a while" for Davis’ return. Winfield suffered a concussion and will enter the concussion protocol. Arians confirmed that neither Carlton Davis nor Sean Murphy-Bunting will return from their injuries anytime soon.
Brady has thrown for over 265 passing yards in each game this season. He is coming off the worst start of his season and will take on a familiar opponent. Brady and the Bucs may elect to run more in this contest. Miami is bottom six in the league in rushing yards allowed per game. Leonard Fournettte is coming off his best game of the season and will be in line for another heavy workload. Fournette should see an uptick in pass targets as well with Rob Gronkowski and Giovani Bernard in trouble of missing the game. Tampa’s defense is number one in rushing yards allowed per game and they are tied for third in interceptions. Although the Bucs have five interceptions on the season, the Bucs’ secondary is vulnerable with all the injuries. They rank 23rd in points per game allowed and have only registered seven sacks on the season, four of them coming last week. The Bucs will need to improve their defense if they are going to challenge in the playoffs and hope to repeat.

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