NFL Sunday Night Week 8: Miami Dolphins vs Los Angeles Rams Prediction and Analysis

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November 1, 2020 1:53 am

Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams look like a formidable side in 2020. They started their season strong with a comprehensive win against the Dallas Cowboys. As we approach the halfway stage of the season, the Rams are on a 5-2 record. They are third in the NFC West Division table on par with Kyler Murray-led Arizona Cardinals.

Meanwhile, Brian Flores’ Miami Dolphins find themselves in second spot of the AFC East Division table behind the Buffalo Bills. Rookie Tua Tagovailoa is in line to make his first start for the AFC East franchise this weekend. Will Tua enjoy a winning start to his tenure with the Dolphins or will Flores regret benching veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick?

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 8 game day predictions.

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After Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Dodgers, both won world championships in recent months, the pressure is now on the Los Angeles Rams to complete the three-peat. Star quarterback Jared Goff said earlier this week that he believes the Rams can pull off the unthinkable. Well, a win against the Miami Dolphins will help them get one step closer to their goal.

WRs Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods will be crucial for the Rams against the Dolphins this Sunday. However, defensive stars Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey will need to keep dual-threat QB Tua Tagovailoa out of the end zone.

Tua Tagovailoa all set to get his first NFL start for Miami Dolphins

The moment is finally here when Hawaii-born quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will finally get the first start of his NFL career. The former University of Alabama player has a huge fan following. The Dolphins took a huge risk by bringing in Tua who was nursing a nasty hip injury during the draft process.

It seems their calculated gamble might finally get some minutes in the middle as coach Brian Flores decided to bring in the youngster instead of veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The likes of Emmanuel Ogbah and Xavien Howard will be kept busy all evening by Jared Goff and the Rams’ offensive stars. They will need to make some big plays to ensure that the visitors don’t run riot at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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NFL Preview: Miami Dolphins vs Los Angeles Rams Injury Updates

Miami – Out

CB Jamal Perry – Foot

Questionable

TE Adam Shaheen – Shoulder

Los Angeles – Questionable

TE Tyler Higbee – Hand

Dolphins vs Rams Prediction

Miami Dolphins 18 – 29 Los Angeles Rams

Oct 26, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) celebrates after the game against the Chicago Bears at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Bears 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We are going to back the Rams for this high-octane clash in Week 8. The Dolphins have struggled at the back this season. They will find it tough to contain a strong Los Angeles offensive outfit on home soil.

Quarterback Jared Goff will be key for the Rams on Sunday. But all eyes will be on rookie Tua Tagovailoa, who is touted to be the next ‘big thing’ in the NFL. Will it be the start of an urban legend, or is it going to be a crash-and-burn story for Mr. Tagovailoa?

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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