First time head coach Adam Gase has Miami playing quality football entering Week 13. Winners of six straight games, the Dolphins have overcome the malaise of the Joe Philbin era. Their winning streak includes victories over the Steelers, Bills, Jets and 49ers at home, and the Chargers and Rams on the road.
Second year running back Jay Ajayi broke out for back to back 200-yard rushing performance to jumpstart their winning streak. Miami has a top five rushing offense, but their offensive line has struggled with injuries.
Left tackle Brandon Albert and left guard Laremy Tunsil are expect to return to the field against the Ravens, but center Mike Pouncey is unlikley to be available. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has grown in Gase’s offense and played one of the best games of his career last week. While the Ravens are well equipped to handle the Dolphins running game, receivers Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills are capable of making big plays against the Ravens secondary, even if Jimmy Smith plays and DaVante Parker is held out on Sunday.
Miami’s defense is better against the pass than the run. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is still hard to block, but their 30th ranked rush defense has missed injured hard hitting safety Reshad Jones. Cameron Wake is having a strong bounce back season as a situational pass rusher, while Byron Maxwell has led an underrated secondary.
The Dolphins are a well rounded team with high grade talent. Gase has changed the team’s culture. They are now finding ways to win tight games.
Home wins are essential in December. Week 13 will shape the AFC playoff picture. The Baltimore Ravens better bring their best game.