AFC Game Of The Week
Miami Dolphins (4-4) at San Diego Chargers (4-5)
Dolphins: They’ve been much better than people anticipated them and they’ve won three games in a row and are in the second place in their division looking up too, of course, the New England Patriots. At 4-4, they are in the hunt for the playoffs and running back Jay Ajayi is having a breakout season. They drafted him last season not knowing what to expect and this year, he’s really burst onto this year. In consecutive games, he rushed for over 200 yards, something you never really see in this day and age of football. What makes his season so remarkable is he started out as the backup to Arian Foster. Now, Arian retired and Ajayi is taking advantage of the opportunity. The Dolphins are looking for their fourth win in a row in San Diego on Sunday.
Chargers: When I watch Philip Rivers play, he shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. He still puts up some big numbers. Ever since Keenan Allen went down with the torn ACL, receivers such as Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams have stepped it up big time. Antonio Gates is still productive and Rivers go to guy but look out for Hunter Henry, a young tight end who will be a star for years to come. The biggest surprise this year has been the season of Melvin Gordon. I was extremely high on him in college while he was at Wisconsin. Last season, he didn’t even score a touchdown. This year, he’s looked like the back that the team drafted and that’s been a position that has had several question marks over the years since the team decided to release LaDainian Tomlinson. Despite being at the bottom of the division, they’ve been competitive and they’ll look to reach the .500 mark on Sunday.
Dolphins Player To Watch: Ryan Tannehill– I’m extremely mixed about him. He has the potential to be something special but he’s been inconsistent at times. He needs to step it up and the Chargers will do everything they can to shut down Ajayi.
Chargers Player To Watch– Casey Heyward: He’ll have the task of defending Jarvis Landry on Sunday. He’s been great this year and he’s tied with Marcus Peters for the lead in interceptions.
Prediction: This game features two young running backs that have been dominating as of late. I’m taking San Diego at home in this one. I think the AFC West will get a tad bit more interesting with a victory. Chargers 27 Dolphins 20.