Packers Periscope: Week 10 vs. Miami Dolphins

The Green Bay Packers return home and host the Miami Dolphins this week.  Miami may be just what a struggling Packers team needs to calm the waters of their season.

It's a very small sample size of games between these teams.  Let's take a look back and to now in the series.

The Past

There have been only 14 meetings total since 1971.  The first one took place in 1971, one year before the famous 1972 Dolphins completed the only undefeated season in the Super Bowl era.

Miami leads the all-time series 10-4 with the Packers winning four of the last six meetings.  The Dolphins won the first eight meetings and it wasn't until 1997 that the Packers got their first win against Miami.

Most recently the road team has fared better in this match up. 

In 2014, the Packers won a thriller capped by a late touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Andrew Quarless for the win. 

The play was set up by a critical first down that was picked up when then rookie wideout Davante Adams got on the same page with Rodgers and flanked out on a fake spike of the ball.  The irony was that many years prior, Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino helped win a game with a similar play.

In 2010, the Packers lost in overtime to the visiting Dolphins on a late field goal.  Green Bay was pushing their way through a rough patch in what would be a Super Bowl championship season.  This week's game is Miami's first time back since that meeting.

The Present

The Packers dropped below .500 with the loss to the New England Patriots.  The Dolphins improved to 5-4 with their win last week against the New York Jets.  

Miami started off 3-0 and has come back to earth since.  They did add in a win over the Chicago Bears, which is always worth mentioning.  Did I also mention that Brock Osweiler was Miami's quarterback in that game? 

Before the jokes get out of control, Osweiler will once again be under center against the Packers and it won't be a joke anymore if things don't end well for the good guys.

This is typically where I'd try to sprinkle in some statistics and talk about how each team got to where it is.  The Packers have been so disappointing over the past two games that I'm not sure that any of the trends or tendencies mean a whole lot.

One stat that heavily favors the Packers in this game is that they haven't lost at home this season.  

These NFC-AFC games can sometimes get crazy with the lack of familiarity between the two teams.  The 2010 match up is a perfect example.

The Dolphins are still in the mix in the AFC and are surely trying to keep pace with the Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and the rest of the playoff field.  They'll be looking to try and kick the Packers while they're down on their way to another win.

The Packers are just looking for something positive at this point.  Their last two losses have come on the road to very good teams, but Green Bay's uninspired play at times along with several untimely mistakes have them searching for a way to get back to good.

General manager Brian Gutekunst made more moves this week that signal that he's looking for the same.  One week removed from trading two starters who seemed unhappy, Gute released safety Jermaine Whitehead following Whitehead's ejection from Sunday's game in New England. 

Whitehead had played a good number of snaps at safety this season so while Gutekunst says his moves aren't to send a message to the rest of the locker room, it's hard not to be on notice if you're one of those left behind.  Especially given that it leaves the Packers with just Kentrell Brice, Josh Jones, Raven Greene and Ibraheim Campbell as pure safeties on the roster.

Each week, the question about whether a game is a "must win" for the Packers comes up.  If the postseason is still in their plans, Green Bay really can't afford many more losses.  A loss this week wouldn't mathematically eliminate them by any means but it won't do a single thing for their confidence or silence the doubters.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy continues to face heavy criticism for the performance of his team this season.  Speculation grows with each loss as to where he could be coaching next season.  Every game seems to be one that McCarthy has to win to save his job for another week.

It's not likely that the Packers would make a drastic coaching change before year's end but if the Dolphins make a mockery of the Packers in their own building, there exists a real possibility that the Packers could consider making a move.

The toughest part of Green Bay's schedule is behind them but they still face three potentially tough road games ahead against the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Bears.  A win against Miami builds at least some positive momentum towards the back half of their schedule.

The Future

This seems like the ideal game for the Packers to get healthy with, but can we trust the offense to churn out enough points?  Any Aaron Rodgers-led team being carried by their defense is just strange to say.

If nothing else, the Packers should be able to stave off Osweiler and make it easier for the struggling offense but nothing is a given with this year's Packers.

We've seen McCarthy's teams struggle and lose games like this one, when it seems like the most disastrous outcome.  We've also seen those teams bounce back and rise from near dead.

Have at it with your thoughts on how this one plays out.  Me trying to predict how the Packers will attack this game plan seems futile right now.

 

 

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Jason is a freelance writer on staff since 2012 and also co-hosts Cheesehead TV Live, Pulse of the Pack and Pack A Day podcasts.  You can follow him on Twitter here

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Bearmeat's picture

November 09, 2018 at 11:19 am

I find myself supremely uninterested in this game. If they win, so what? If they lose, just burn the season down.

It won't be on TV down here in South GA, and I'm not using an illegal link, or going to a bar to watch it. My daughter's 4th BDay party coincides directly with the game, and I find myself not minding.

Go Pack Go. I hope they win. Yawn.

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TarynsEyes's picture

November 09, 2018 at 11:50 am

" and I'm not using an illegal link, "

What illegal link(s) might they be? I'm curious, can you describe what makes these links illegal.Where you get them. because I have nothing but internet to watch TV,Movies and yes, every NFL game for the cost of $45 for my internet service.

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Bearmeat's picture

November 09, 2018 at 12:12 pm

I was talking about things like futbo.tv and Reddit links. It'd be too easy to go there and to each his own... but obeying laws it where the buck stops for me. JMO.

The NFL does not have a digital streaming package available for US residents. It's a travesty and a sham that the owners are still in the 20th century - simply because they owe the major networks for funding them.

I'd very much like to see what service you use to get every NFL game. I have never seen that offered in the continental US. At any rate, the NFL certainly hasn't advertised it, and you'd think that would be something they would blast from the rooftops.

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TarynsEyes's picture

November 09, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Futbo,tv is a pay for use via subscription and Reddit ,IDK but It's likely just recommending other pay for use as futbo,tv.
I use only internet streaming that are free and offered though the www....which is what you pay for and can access like any other site on the internet.
bilasport.net/
livestream.sx/
flixtor.to/
hdo.to/

These are examples of the 10 plus I use for sports and TV/Movies.
Try them,free and legal as they are searchable and usable on the internet...desktop,mobile etc. for the cost of your ISO price.

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TarynsEyes's picture

November 09, 2018 at 12:37 pm

PS,
If you want replays online..
nflfullhd.com

Make sure you have adblocker on your computer,mobile etc.

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Bearmeat's picture

November 09, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Thanks... Are any of those sanctioned by the NFL? Or is it unknown.

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TarynsEyes's picture

November 09, 2018 at 01:07 pm

These sites are legal and are searchable through Google' I just use what is available on the internet and their legality would be defined by the internet and Google by either allowing or closing the access.
I've used nothing but internet for all TV,Movies sports for 10 years. No cable,Direct TV, satellite ,dish etc. I also have sites where I watch live news etc.

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dobber's picture

November 09, 2018 at 11:42 am

"Each week, the question about whether a game is a "must win" for the Packers comes up. "

I'm reluctant to label games as "must win" because seasons shift and change on a week-to-week basis, but this one really is a must-win for the Packers and their 2018 season. I think they happen to draw a fortuitous opponent, given the circumstances. I think they win, and they win convincingly: 34-17.

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pacman's picture

November 09, 2018 at 11:45 am

This should be an easy game but with these Packers who knows.

Score should be something like the last night's game - 52-14. And they should rack up as many points as they can just to prove to the fans and themselves that they can. But it doesn't seem to be in MM genes to do something like that as he never had the killer instinct. Another reason to get rid of him.

So my prediction is that we go up 21-7, then back off, some stupid mistake and all of a sudden it is a barn burner game and we have worry about winning at all. Final score 24-17 Packers.

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TarynsEyes's picture

November 09, 2018 at 11:56 am

I look at this game as like the SF game with a better chance of Miami pulling it off. Yes Osweiler is not Beathard and that's my point, The Miami defense can get those turnover's that the Packers seem hell bent on giving at pivotal moments.

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Samson's picture

November 09, 2018 at 12:41 pm

It's at home against a so-so opponent so the Pack should win fairly easily. -- However, that means little except then the Pack would be 4-4-1. --- This team is playing like an average to below average NFL team & will remain that way until MM returns to coaching at Division 2 - NCAA (2019?).

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PatrickGB's picture

November 09, 2018 at 01:39 pm

I will watch the game. I almost always do. Win or lose. I have been doing that as much as I can for a long time. The interweb helps when I am in an out of market area. It’s what I do. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose, sometimes I am deployed. Now I am not away from the US and can watch. 22 years on active duty. So now I will root for the team no matter what and I will complain as a fan and support the team as a fan. GPG!

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White92's picture

November 09, 2018 at 02:04 pm

Warm weather team coming to the cold.

Goodness if this one's not a route..

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cheesehead1's picture

November 09, 2018 at 02:23 pm

IMO, things look rather bleak at this point. If we don’t win the next 3, I really think we’re toast. To have won the Rams game would have been sweet, but close doesn’t count. Good teams win on the road and we are winless. Nevertheless, will always cheer for the Pack.

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Rick1's picture

November 09, 2018 at 03:08 pm

I’m interested in this game because I believe it will let defense play more aggressive. A couple of Ints maybe a pick 6 or fumble return. Defense will have to carry the load to turn this season around. The offense is not doing good and don’t adjust to the weakness of fronts and coverages. The real turn around will happen when MM and 12 have a knock down drag out fight and settle their beef. Two boiling pots and a ton of problems and pressure it will happen Packers fans see it . Maybe behind closed doors or on the sidelines. Remember Cincinnati a few years ago. If they win it doesn’t fix all the problems but it helps release some pressure. If they lose and offense struggles a blow up is in near future.

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Rick1's picture

November 09, 2018 at 03:14 pm

I’m interested in this game because I believe it will let defense play more aggressive. A couple of Ints maybe a pick 6 or fumble return. Defense will have to carry the load to turn this season around. The offense is not doing good and don’t adjust to the weakness of fronts and coverages. The real turn around will happen when MM and 12 have a knock down drag out fight and settle their beef. Two boiling pots and a ton of problems and pressure it will happen Packers fans see it . Maybe behind closed doors or on the sidelines. Remember Cincinnati a few years ago. If they win it doesn’t fix all the problems but it helps release some pressure. If they lose and offense struggles a blow up is in near future.

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