clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

The San Diego Chargers will win against the Miami Dolphins

New, comments

Each week, John Gennaro gives San Diego Chargers fans three reasons to be optimistic about the team's chances of winning their upcoming game. This week, they take on the 4-3 Miami Dolphins.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Rivers. vs. Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill is a talented, but inconsistent QB. He has the potential to turn into a really good, "elite" QB one day, but he's not yet at the level that Philip Rivers is at.

Simple put, at the most important position on the field, the San Diego Chargers have a distinct advantage over the Miami Dolphins. That counts for something.

Long week of rest (Ryan Mathews?)

The biggest weakness on the San Diego Chargers right now is their health. It's the reason why they barely beat the Raiders, why they lost to the Chiefs, and why they stood no chance against the Denver Broncos.

With a week and a half between games, and a bye week next week, health should be less of an issue for the Chargers than it has been in the last few weeks, and that's bad news for the Dolphins.

Ryan Mathews was at practice today too, which makes it possible that he could play on Sunday, which would be the biggest boost the team could hope for.

Special Teams

The Miami Dolphins are terrible at special teams. In fact, they have the worst special teams in the league, according to Football Outsiders.

They can't kick FGs from distance, their punter is not very good, and they're not great at kickoff coverage. They also don't do a great job of returning punts and kicks.

By contrast, the San Diego Chargers special teams looks excellent. Despite their poor return guys, the punting and kicking has been so consistently great that the Bolts come in as the 14th best special teams unit so far this season. That will help determine field position, which will help determine the winner of this game.


Editor's Note: FanDuel is hosting a $500,000 one-week fantasy football league this weekend. It's $10 to join and first place wins $40,000. League starts Sunday 1 PM ET and ends on Monday night. Here's the link.