Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens: Thursday Night NFL on Sky Sports

The Miami Dolphins head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Week Eight’s Thursday Night Football action, live on Sky Sports.

Quietly, the Dolphins (4-2) have found themselves on a three-game winning streak after their miserable shutout loss in London. In all three of those games, they took the lead in the fourth quarter and in the last two, they’ve come back after being down by 14 points or more.

On the other side, Baltimore (3-4) are suffering a slide, having dropped four of the last five games. The offence is non-existent, and a defence that looked outstanding after two weeks has fallen back down to earth.

So, what can we expect when the two meet under the Thursday night lights? We are live on Sky Sports Action (407) from 12.30am…

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Are the Dolphins legit? Can the Ravens salvage their season? Two AFC wildcard contenders face off on Thursday night.

What’s the latest?

Jay Cutler was knocked out of the game against the New York Jets with multiple cracked ribs and won’t play – Matt Moore will replace him. He’ll step in behind a patchworked offensive line where four of the five starters were either out or limited in practice on Monday.

For Baltimore, the issues keep piling up. It is a completely makeshift offence, and head coach John Harbaugh called it “uncharted territory”. All three starting receivers (Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman) were on the sidelines by the end of the game on Sunday, and it’s likely only Maclin has a chance of returning this week.

Stat attack

The Miami Dolphins have won 13 of their last 17 regular season games (five more than the Ravens), but Baltimore have beaten them in three of their last four meetings.

The Baltimore Ravens have a whopping league-high of 15 players on injured reserve.

Key battle

Keep your eyes on the Miami Dolphins offensive line, as this will be a huge test if they are missing one or more of their starters.

Shockingly, Baltimore (consistently known as one of the strongest defensive teams in the league), have the worst run defense in football. They’ve surrendered over 145 yards per game on the ground, despite a top-seven pass defense.

Almost as surprising is that Miami are in the bottom five in offensive rushing yards per game (81.7) and star running back Jay Ajayi has yet to register a touchdown on the ground.

Will he be able to get back on track on Thursday?

Game-changer

Jarvis Landry. The Ravens don’t have any true “game-changers” on offense, so their team’s success may depend on how well they can handle Miami’s stars – and Landry is the best of the bunch.

He had an NFL-record 288 catches in his first three seasons (tied with former college teammate Odell Beckham Jr.), and is continuing his success again this year with 45 catches (tied for second in the NFL), 365 yards and three TDs. Landry is always capable of a big play.

Watch the Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football, live on Sky Sports Action (407) from 12.30am on Friday.

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