The Miami Dolphins complete a three-game stretch against all California teams, with a visit to San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Rams in Weeks 10 and 11, respectively, followed by a home game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. The team hits the road again in Week 13, but only have to travel up the east coast as they visit the Baltimore Ravens.
Miami is 6-5 all time against Baltimore in the regular season, with two more losses against the franchise in the playoffs. The teams met last season in Week 13, with Miami coming out on top 15-13 at home. That win ended a five game losing streak to the Ravens, including one postseason loss, with all but one of those games in Miami. The Dolphins have only traveled to Baltimore three times in the 13 contests played thus far, winning their first ever meeting in 1997, then losing in the Playoffs in 2005 and again in the regular season in 2010.
We are working our way through the Dolphins’ 2016 schedule, posting team previews from each club as we go. Below, you will see Miami’s schedule, as well as links to the previews already completed and a link to the team’s SB Nation blog site.
(Note: We would recommend going ahead and joining the team sites for each of Miami’s 13 opponents this year if you are not already a member of their site. This will prevent you from running into any waiting period those sites may have established for membership, allowing you to join in pre-game discussions with their fans.)
Week 8 - BYE
Week 13 - @ Baltimore Ravens team preview - Baltimore Beatdown
Week 14 - vs. Arizona Cardinals team preview - Revenge of the Birds
On to Week 13’s contest against Baltimore. Of course, our thanks to the guys over at Baltimore Beatdown for giving us this look at the Ravens.
Notable free agent additions: Eric Weddle DB, Mike Wallace WR, Benjamin Watson TE
Notable free agent departures: Kelechi Osemele OG, Matt Schaub QB, Courtney Upshaw OLB,
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies:
1st round (6th overall) OT Ronnie Stanley - With Eugene Monroe was cut it is clear the Ravens have complete faith for the young gun to become a blindside blocker
2nd round (42nd overall) LB Kamalei Correa - Some uncertainty where Correa will be playing, as the Ravens are testing the speedy LB at inside & outside positions. Nonetheless expect Correa to be a rotational necessity
4th round (134th overall) RB Kenneth Dixon - The tailback from La. Tech is expected to become the starter by mid-season by some pundits. Will be interesting come later down the road, with Justin Forsett & Javorius Allen ahead in the Depth Chart currently.
6th round (182nd overall) ST/PR/KR Keenan Reynolds - The former Navy QB is transitioning towards a receiving role, but for the first time in Ravens history the depth chart is more stout. Expect Reynolds to fight for Special Teams and PR/KR snaps.
Biggest offseason addition: Eric Weddle - No doubt the highly intelligent and skilled safety is the biggest addition. Once Reed left the back end of the defense seems in disarray. Expect him to ground the secondary and make the Ravens defense great again!
Biggest storyline heading into training camp: Health - Baltimore suffered loses to starting OLB, QB, RB, WR, WR, TE, LT and many second string role players.
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: Dennis Pitta return - The reason for calling this under-the-radar is we’ve heard this story twice. It’s less notable now.
Notable injuries heading into training camp: LOL. . . - Joe Flacco ACL & MCL, Steve Smith Sr. Achilles, Terrell Suggs Achilles, Jimmy Smith screw removal, Dennis Pitta dislocated hip, Breshad Perriman ACL minor tear, Crockett Gillmore shoulder surgery