By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on August 16, 2014
The Miami Dolphins will visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight as both teams search for their first win of the preseason. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. EST and both teams will certainly be looking for young players to step up.
Here are five bold predictions for tonight's Dolphins/Buccaneers game:
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Wallace sat out Miami's preseason opener, but his QB played quite well in that one without the speedy receiver. Wallace has stated that he will play tonight and I am expecting a big performance from Wallace in limited action. Due to the new rule changes, referees are watching receiver-corner battles very closely and I have a feeling this works in Wallace's favor. Look for a big strike or two tonight from Tannehill to Wallace for a score.
James played incredibly well last season for Tampa Bay until he injured himself -- ironically against Miami in an upset. With the loss of rookie RB Charles Sims for 12-14 weeks due to ankle surgery, Tampa Bay will rely on Bobby Rainey and James to handle the backup duties. I am expecting a big night for James against a Miami defense that has struggled to defend the run the past 17 games.
I may be biased -- I am on the record as a huge Tripp fan -- but due to Tripp's recent promotion from third-string to second-string, as well as seeing snaps recently with the first-string defense in nickel and dime situations, I have no doubt in my mind that Tripp will put together one heck of a game tonight against Tampa Bay. Tripps' ability to move sideline-to-sideline is something Miami lacks at linebacker. He'll be their best player tonight.
Glennon has been named the team's No. 2 quarterback for quite some time now, but while "starter" Josh McCown really struggled last week in a 16-10 loss to Jacksonville, Glennon shined completing 11-of-19 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown. Glennon played well during his rookie season for Tampa Bay and should be in line to start the season opener if he continues to outshine McCown week in and week out.
Miami's starting offensive line is surely still a concern, especially due to the lack of experience along the right side of the unit, but the team looked quite good last week against Atlanta in a 16-10 loss. Performing well against Atlanta's defensive front is one thing, but doing it against Tampa Bay's front is a whole different story. Miami's unit must hold up and show they can handle the test Gerald McCoy and Michael Johnson both present.
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