2019 Season Game 1 – Miami Dolphins vs Baltimore Ravens

The 2019 season for the Miami Dolphins is about to start for real this coming Sunday at 1PM. Both teams have had some radical makeovers, neither team is particularly recognizable from the teams that played last season. Both long time starting QB’s are playing for other AFC teams, Ryan Tannehill for Tennessee and Joe Flacco for Denver. Also gone from the Ravens are Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosely, Eric Weddle and Michael Crabtree. Gone from the Dolphins are Laremy Tunsil, Cam Wake, Kiko Alonso and Kenny Stills.

The Dolphins have officially made the change to a 3-4 base defense. After jettisoning most recently DE Tank Carradine, newly acquired DT John Jenkins will line up at LDE, Davon Godchaux at NT and rookie Christian Wilkins at RDE. Sam Eguavoen at LOLB, Raekwon McMillan at LILB and Jerome Baker at RILB with and Charles Harris at ROLB. Xavien Howard and Eric Rowe are the starting CB’s with the safeties being Reshad Jones and Bobby McCain. That different enough for ya?!?!

On offense, recently traded for LT Julie’n Davenport makes his first start as a Miami Dolphin. Next to him at LG is rookie Michael Deiter. Veteran Daniel Kilgore starts at C with rookie Shaq Calhoun starting at RG. Jesse Davis will be the starter at RT. WR’s DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant will be on the outside with Albert Wilson in the slot. Mike Gesicki will be the starting TE. Kenyan Drake will be the starting RB along with Kalen Ballage as the backup but I expect both backs to get to a similar workload. Mark Walton, Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin will also get a sprinkle of touches, but more than likely we’ll only put 4 backs on the game day roster and that will include FB Chandler Cox.

It will be interesting to see how this young OL fares against the Ravens D. I’m not expecting a lot, it could be ugly at times.I’m not especially interested in watching QB Ryan Fitzpatric play, although hopefully Fitzmagic shows up on Sunday. Can DeVante Parker have a strong start? Probably not as I expect a strong dose of the run game. I don’t know if either Drake or Ballage will find much room but I expect close to 30 carries or more for us.

On defense I’m curious to see how all the parts work in the 3-4 base. Odd that Jenkins isn’t at the nose and Godchaux at DE. Hopefully we can generate some pass rush with some well disguised blitzes and keep the Ravens guessing as to where the rush is coming from. Harbaugh is an excellent coach and the Ravens a very disciplined team. We’ve seen the Ravens shred us for years, maybe the guys on the field for us will do better as most of them weren’t a part of that.

In summation, I just want us to look prepared, and I want us to be aggressive on defense. I expect a conservative game plan on offense to keep us in this game. Coach Flo won’t be caught sitting at the end of the bench by himself drawing up plays on his tablet during the game. I expect a low scoring affair, not too unlike what we saw last night from Chicago and Green Bay.

Dolphins 9 – Ravens 9



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1,148 Responses to 2019 Season Game 1 – Miami Dolphins vs Baltimore Ravens

  1. twilley81howie says:

    Thanks piggy
    I got on a bit late last week and this week I will be trying to find my groove.

  2. twilley81howie says:

    Page turn update
    Dolphins – Patriots
    Old 45-6 Pat’s
    Phish 36-3 Miami
    Piggy 3-2 Miami
    Go phins!

  3. wyoming85 says:

  4. Maybe this is why the Dolphins are starting Ryan Fitzpatrick — the season can only tank itself so far! NFL.com has released their “QB Index” for Week 1, the objective being to rank each of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Ryan Fitzpatrick checks in right where you’d expect — dead last.

  5. Rockphin says:

    So they ran out this morning and painted the TNT wall blank white. As it turns out it does take talent. Who knew?

  6. SOS different day,,,

    Dolphins players reportedly trying to get out of Miami following Week 1 blowout loss
    Several Dolphins players reportedly already want out

    Many were guessing that the Miami Dolphins would be one of the worst teams in the NFL this year, and that was confirmed on Sunday. Their season opener went so horribly wrong in fact, that players are reportedly already working on trying to get out of Miami.

    Following the Dolphins’ 59-10 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens, a league source with knowledge of the situation revealed to Pro Football Talk that multiple Dolphins players had contacted their agents and directed them to attempt to engineer trades elsewhere. The players believe that the coaching staff is not serious about competing in 2019, and they want to take their lumps now in hopes of establishing a foundation for the future by acquiring high draft picks.

  7. ocalarob says:

    Bring on New England!

  8. ocalarob says:

    a loss is a loss, it doesn’t matter if it came in OT or a blow out, it only counts as one in the WL column. for get that game, next up the Cheatriots.

  9. ocalarob says:

    Tua has struggled against good teams like Clemson, he’s great against inferior talent, he’s also had injuries so it begs to question will he be injury prone. how many left handed qbs were successful, all i can think of was Stabler, Jim Zorn was also a lefty. do we roll the dice on this guy if we have the #1 pick? or do we trade back pick up more 2021 1st and 2nd rders,
    if you draft a QB #1 in 2020 before this team is ready to contend the sooner he will hit the big pay day assuming he pans out.
    i think trevor lawrence may be a better option

  10. Rockphin says:

    Only 227 days left to the draft!!!

  11. ocalarob says:

    if we do draft Tua he’ll have to change his number.

  12. Rockphin says:

    So, what are your guys odds on Flores sticking around if the Dolphins don’t win a game this year or only win 1 game. Is this season a mulligan no matter what or if we continue to be embarrassed like yesterday does Ross pull the plug again like with Cam Cameron?

    • Mike E. says:

      I think he’s pretty safe. I think everyone involved in making that decision realize wins will be hard to come by this season as currently constituted. I think if we see improvement, by the team and from the coach as far as decision making and game management, he has nothing to worry about.

  13. Rockphin says:

    Record breaking season ahead.

    Records set yesterday

    The 42 points scored by Baltimore is the most in the 1st half by a team playing Week 1 in NFL history
    Baltimore’s 42 1st-half points were also the most ever in Raven’s history
    Ravens QB Lamar Jackson became just the 7th player in NFL history to pass for over 300 yards, log 5 touchdowns and finish the game with a perfect (158.3) quarterback rating
    Baltimore’s 59 total points is the most in a single game in franchise history
    The Dolphins’ set new records for points allowed (59) and yards allowed (643) in a single game
    The 49 point margin of victory for Baltimore is the worst loss the Dolphins have experienced in the regular season

  14. herdfan says:

    I don’t think yesterday’s game is indicative of how good the coach or any of the players are. We cut and added a bunch of players, not sure how many but a lot, after the last preseason game. They haven’t played together enough. We’re easily a few weeks behind everyone else. I think they’ll get better as the weeks go on.

  15. ocalarob says:

    i don’t know if Mcain was the problem or what they expected of him was, i had seen him on a few occasions picking up in coverage and letting the Ravens rec’s get behind the defense, as a FS this should never happen.

  16. New Age says:

    Grier/Ross -1 Flores -0

    If you are wanting the first pick in the draft…this is exactly how you go about getting it. Games are too ugly to watch and thankfully I was on the road when we tried to push the definition of unprepared and inept to further extremes. The comparisons to Belichick are hilarious and ludicrous. He just finished off getting the player he wanted at WR and has a team loaded with talent. Massive amounts of talent and they would blow us out even worse than Baltimore…if Belichick wasn’t playing a former coach.

    Dolphins -14
    Pats- 45 ( 31 by halftime)

  17. Mike E. says:


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