Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins Matchup Preview 12/1/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The (5-6) Eagles are well within reach of the NFC East title only a game behind the Cowboys. They do get their rematch against them later in the season so if they can make up that game this week, it would be huge. This should be an easy game for the Eagles seeing how the Dolphins have played all season. The loss last week to the Seahawks at home hurt but this will be a much easier game. The (2-9) Dolphins started the season 0-7 then went on a two-game win streak and are now on a two-game losing streak. The Dolphins have reached their peak of the season and are finishing out the rest of the mountain with the downslope. After being trounced on by the Browns last week, the chances of them beating the Eagles this week are slim with the shape of the team. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins matchup page.
Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Time: 1:00pm ET
Location: Rock Hard Stadium – Miami Gardens, FL
Philadelphia Eagles: RB Jordan Howard (Q), TE Zach Ertz (Q), WR Alshon Jeffery (Q), WR Nelson Agholor (Q), OT Jason Peters (Q)
Miami Dolphins: CB Ken Crawley (Q), CB Ken Webster (Q), WR Albert Wilson (Q), WR Allen Hurns (Q), CB Ryan Lewis (Q), S Steven Parker (Q)
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The Eagles have gone back and forth through most of the season with winning then losing. The Eagles are coming off a loss to the Seahawks so they are due for a win this week. The injury plague really hurt the Eagles recently. They were forced to play without Jordan Howard, Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor last game which is four of their top five available options on offense. If any of them are able to return to action this week, it would provide a major boost in production as they were only able to get 9 points last week.
The Dolphins have allowed 31.5 points per game which is the highest in the NFL. Miles Sanders is still a great running back with a lot of potential if Jordan Howard has to miss another game. The Dolphins are particularly bad at stopping the run, so this could be a great opportunity for Sanders to get a lot of carries in with great success. Zach Ertz is listed as questionable but is their top receiving option, so it would take a lot for him to sit out. I’d expect him to play a major role if Jeffery and Agholor have to sit out again.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
QB: Carson Wentz
RB1: Miles Sanders
RB2: Jordan Howard
WR1: Alshon Jeffery
WR2: Mack Hollins
WR3: Nelson Agholor
TE: Zach Ertz
Miami Dolphins Analysis
The Dolphins looked great against the Colts a few weeks ago but have fallen back into their usual Dolphin ways since. In the last two games, they have given up 37 points to a Bills’ offense that scores just 21 points on average, and 41 points to the Browns who average 21.2 points. It is nearly impossible for any team to win when the defense is giving up over 30 points, especially the Dolphins who have the third-worst offense in the league. The Dolphins did score above their team average in both games with at least 20 points in each game.
The Dolphins will have a much easier time if everyone on the Eagles’ injury list sits out, but if they do play, shutting down Zach Ertz will be the most important thing to do. He has been the source of their offense all year. On offense, their passing game is really the only thing they have. Kalen Ballage just not a good running back. DeVante Parker and Allen Hurns will be the two to get it done this week. Ryan Fitzpatrick had three total touchdowns last week which he will need to replicate if the Dolphins want a chance against the Eagles.
Miami Dolphins Depth Chart
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB1: Kalen Ballage
RB2: Patrick Laird
WR1: DeVante Parker
WR2: Jakeem Grant
WR3: Albert Wilson
TE: Nick O’Leary
Daily Fantasy: Not Dallas, Texas
Dallas Goedert is likely to play a bigger role this week. Zach Ertz is battling a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice on Wednesday. With all the other injuries to the Eagles’ receivers, Ertz had a huge role last week. If Ertz has to be limited at all, Goedert will see a rise in his targets. Before starting Goedert, I would check the injury report right before the start of the game to see who Wentz has as options, but if his options are limited, Goedert will be a great option.