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Week 8 Preview: Los Angeles Rams at Miami Dolphins

Previewing the match-up between the Los Angeles Rams visiting the Miami Dolphins, focusing on key injuries and game notes.



NE @ BUF | LV @ CLE | LAC @ DEN | NO @ CHI | SF @ SEA | DAL @ PHI | TB @ NYG

Los Angeles Rams @ Miami Dolphins
When: 11/1 @ 1:00pm ET
Watch: FOX
Point Spread: Rams -3.5
Over/Under: 46
Moneyline: Rams -180 | Dolphins +160

Rams Key Injuries: Gerald Everett, TE, Illness (Q), Terrell Burgess, S, Ankle (IR), Trishton Jackson, WR, Illness (Q), Tyler Higbee, TE, Hand (Q), Obo Okoronkwo, LB, Elbow (IR), Jordan Fuller, SS, Neck (IR), Justin Lawler, LB, Foot (IR), Travin Howard, LB, Knee (IR), Joe Noteboom, OG, Calf is expected to return from IR
Dolphins Key Injuries: Kyle Van Noy, MLB, Groin (Q), DeVante Parker, WR, Groin (Q), Jakeem Grant, WR, Illness (Q), Austin Jackson, OT, Foot (IR), Bobby McCain, S, Ankle (Q), Davon Godchaux, DT, Biceps (IR)

NOTES: Quarterback Jared Goff passed for 219 yards and two touchdowns for 108 rating last week. Has 300+ pass yards an d 100+ rating in two of his past three on road. Aims for his eighth in row on road with 2+ touchdown passes. Running back Darrell Henderson had 77 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 13 receiving) last week. Has four touchdowns (three rush, one receiving) in four road games this season. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in three of his past four on road. Running back Malcolm Brown had 57 rush yards and third rush touchdown of season last week. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp had six receptions in Week 7. Has 5+ receptions in three of his past four on road. Has 9+ receptions, 100+ receiving yards and receiving touchdown in two of his past three on road vs. AFC. Wide receiver Robert Woods has four touchdowns (three receiving, one rush) in four road games this season and aims for his fifth in row on road with touchdown. Wide receiver Josh Reynolds had team- high 52 receiving yards and touchdown catch last week. Aims for his third in row with receiving touchdown. Tight end Gerald Everett had first touchdown catch of season last week. Defensive lineman Aaron Donald has eight sacks and is fourth player since 1982 with 8+ sacks in each of first seven seasons. Has 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his past nine on road. Had tackle for loss and pass defended in last meeting. Has sack in six of his past seven vs. AFC. Linebacker Leonard Floyd had sixth-career game with two sacks last week. Aims for his fourth in row on road with tackle for loss. Linebacker Micah Kiser had team-high eight tackles last week. Has 13+ tackles in two of his three road games this season. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey had 11th-career interception last week. Has pass defended in three of his past four vs. AFC East. Safety Taylor Rapp had third-career intercpetion in Week 7.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa makes first-career start. First Mia. rookie quarterback to start game since Ryan Tannehill in 2012. Selected fifth overall in 2020 NFL Draft. Running back Myles Gaskin had career-high 126 scrimmage yards (career-high 91 rush, 35 receiving) in Week 6. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in three of past four. Running back Matt Breida had 63 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 27 receiving) in his last game vs. LAR (10/13/19 with SF). Wide receiver DeVante Parker has 50+ receiving yards in four of past five. Had eight catches for 79 yards and touchdown in last meeting. Has 37 catches for 603 yards (100.5 per game) and four touchdowns in his past six at home. Wide receiver Preston Williams aims for third in row with receiving touchdown. Wide receiver Jakeem Grant had season-high 48 receiving yards in Week 6. Tight end Adam Shaeen had career-high 51 receiving yards and touchdown in Week 6. Aims for third in row with receiving touchdown. Tight end Durham Smythe had first-career touchdown catch in Week 6. Cornerback Xavien Howard aims for fifth in row with interception (owns NFL’s longest active streak). Aims for third in row with two passes defended. Aims for his third in row vs. NFC West with interception. Safety Eric Rowe had nine tackles and pass defended last week. Safety Bobby McCain aims for fourth in row with PD. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy had sack in Super Bowl LIII vs. LAR with NE. Had interception in his last regular season game vs. LAR (12/4/16 with NE). Has 5+ tackles in two of his past three at home. Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah had season-high two sacks in Week 6. Aims for fourth in row with sack. Aims for third in row vs. NFC West with sack. Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins had two passes defended and first sack of season in Week 6.

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