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Kansas City Chiefs vs Miami Dolphins Week 3 Preview

Both the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs could come into their Week 3 matchup without their top running back.

Knowshon Moreno dislocated his elbow on his only carry in last Sunday’s 29-10 defeat in Buffalo. Moreno will be out at least four weeks. With Moreno injured, the Dolphins re-signed Daniel Thomas after releasing him last month.

Lamar Miller, who won the starting job in the preseason with Moreno recovering from knee surgery will probably see a heavier workload on Sunday.

Jamaal Charles, who had 1,980 all-purpose yards last season suffered a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of the Chiefs’ 24-17 loss at Denver last Sunday. Kansas City hasn’t ruled him out of Sunday’s game at Miami, but the Dolphin defense could see a lot of backup running back Knile Davis. 

Second-year Davis did a solid job replacing Charles last week. He rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and caught seven passes for 29 yards. 

With questions at running back, both the Chiefs and Dolphins’ passing game will have to improve on Sunday.

Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith is the NFL’s lowest-rated passer (63.6). He only has one touchdown pass and three interceptions on the early season. Last week against the Broncos, he led the Chiefs inside the 35-yard line six times, but did not throw a touchdown.

While Smith may be the lowest-rated passer in the league, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill hasn’t been any better. The third-year player has a 76.1 quarterback rating, which is the 29th best in the NFL. 

After Wednesday’s practice, Tannehill talked to reporters about his struggles so far this season. 

“Obviously I’m a competitor, I want to play well. When you don’t make the play, you’re not happy with yourself. You look at it on tape and it doesn’t make you feel good inside. But that doesn’t change the fact of what it is. It boils down to coming out on the practice field and doing it the right way here.”

Tannehill has been inconsistent during the Dolphins first two games. He has thrown for 419 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Tannehill has under-thrown a number of balls to receivers and his accuracy has been questionable at best. Despite his struggles, Tannehill isn’t discouraged.

“It’s not discouraging. It’s frustrating. I’m upset at myself for the way that I’ve played, obviously I want to get it corrected. We’ve got a long season ahead of us and it starts with this week. You flip it around in one week and you play well and you start stringing good games together. It’s just a matter of going out and taking care of business this week.”

If the Tennessee Titans were able to gain 405 total yards against the Chiefs in Week 1, there’s no reason the Dolphins can’t do the same.  Miami’s receivers are more talented than the Titans, and the Dolphins should be able to move the ball against the Chiefs defense. Especially if safety Eric Berry does not play on Sunday.

The Dolphins rushing defense has been pretty solid in their first two games. So no matter if the Chiefs start Charles or Davis, they should be able to prevent Kansas City from running wild. The question is can the Dolphins prevent the Chief receivers from making big plays.

Last week, Sammy Watkins of the Bills caught eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown against Miami. While Dwayne Bowe wasn’t much of a factor in last week’s game against the Broncos, he is a receiver that the Dolphins have to be concerned about.

This game is huge for both teams, but for different reasons. The Chiefs are 0-2 and can’t afford to go 0-3 and risk being three games behind the Broncos in the AFC West. For the Dolphins, a win would make them 2-1 on the season. With the Oakland Raiders coming up in Week 4, the Dolphins have an excellent opportunity to go into their bye week 3-1.

I believe the Dolphins get back on track and win at home.

Dolphins 28, Chiefs 20

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