Much of the preseason hype surrounding the Dolphins passing game centered on wideout DeVante Parker, who seemed to develop an immediate rapport with Cutler in those games. Rivers will be hoping to avenge a 31-24 defeat against Miami a year ago, which was punctuated by an Alonso pick-six late in the fourth quarter.
Yes, the Chargers have heard the cackling nationally as tickets remain available just a day before kickoff. If Miami can run the ball and stop the run, life will be easy.
The Dolphins started just 1-4 previous year then won nine of their last 11 games to earn a wild-card playoff berth.
With the scheduled opener at Miami pushed back to November 19, players scattered across the country for their bye week after a workout September 6.
Melvin Ingram isn't anxious about Jay Cutler. Rivers finished the night with three TD passes. If they continue missing tackles and not getting to the outside, Miami will beat them.
Cutler will have to be wary of the Chargers' pass rush, which is led by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. "It means a lot that I'm playing on grass right now - it's good for the body". They then combined to put up three sacks against Denver in Week 1. This Miami offense has even more weapons and a better line that that Bears team did so Cutler might be primed for a big season.
Will the Chargers' offense finally get going against the Dolphins? Edge rusher Cameron Wake, who stayed in Miami, was the last to report. What angered Timmons is still unknown, but apparently, the linebacker cut contact with Miami after leaving their hotel in California.
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What is not open to speculation, however, is whether Davis will be a part of the Chargers' active roster. Last season, Ajayi had three 200-yard rushing games and the Dolphins won in all three games. He has practiced plenty and his familiarity with head coach Adam Gase from their time together in Chicago should help with the transition as Cutler looks to find a rhythm early with his new team.
GATES GETS IT: Antonio Gates didn't get a touchdown grab in the season opener to break his tie with Tony Gonzalez at an NFL-record 111 TD catches by a tight end. But, this may be our last season with them so we need to not take it for granted.
Although the linebacker has still not returned to the team his status for today's game in uncertain.