When the Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) face off against the Miami Dolphins (5-1) on Sunday Night Football, we'll be witnessing a showdown between two of the hottest teams in the NFL. The winner of the must-watch matchup featuring Philly's secondary and the Fins' wide receivers will greatly assist their team's chances of winning. Are the Birds healthy enough to cover Miami's talented bunch? That may tell the tale.
The Dolphins are the best receiving corps the Eagles have faced so far this season. Philly's secondary held its own against Justin Jefferson's Minnesota Vikings in Week 2, Mike Evans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, and the Los Angeles Rams' Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua in Week 5. Make no mistake, however, this is the Eagles' biggest test yet.
Do the Eagles have what it takes to silence the high-powered Dolphins in prime time?
Optimistically speaking, the Eagles' secondary has played well so far. Cornerbacks Darius 'Big Play' Slay and James Bradberry were ranked as the best cornerback duo in the league ahead of the coming season by Bleacher Report and many other publications. They have lived up to that billing.
With several key injuries in the secondary, the Eagles might not be able to lock up top receivers like they have in previous weeks. It's likely safety Reed Blankenship and cornerback Bradley Roby will miss Sunday night's game.
Being without their best safety and nickel cornerback will definitely hurt the Eagles heading into this one. There is some good news though. Slay and Jalen Carter, after missing Week 6's game appear to be set to make their returns.
Will the overall health of the Eagles affect their performance in this Week 7 game?
If the Eagles were healthier heading into this game, they'd most likely give the Dolphins receivers a run for their money on more plays than not. While Slay and Carter coming back is important, limiting the Dolphins' high-octane offense consistently might be a tough ask for Philadelphia.
With head coach Mike McDaniel leading the way, the Dolphins' offense is straight-up embarrassing teams. From a production standpoint, they're comparable to the old Saint Louis Rams team;'s 'Greatest Show on Turf '. In Week 3, they put up 70 points against the Denver Broncos, which is tied for the second-most points ever scored in an NFL game.
Here's what the Dolphins bring to Sunday's table.
With weapons like Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Cedrick Wilson Jr. and Raheem Mostert, the Dolphins can score like no other team in the NFL. Their strong run game opens up their vertical-passing attack, which could seriously hurt the Eagles since they're missing their best safety.
Given their injuries, it will be interesting to see how the Eagles secondary matches up against the Dolphins in primetime. Hopefully, their Kelly Green jerseys, which are making a comeback tonight, give them some confidence to get the job done.
The Eagles enter this game after suffering their first loss of the season to the New York Jets. They'll be looking to rebound after this upset loss, especially on offense after a below-average performance.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins are riding high with a 42-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers, who have the worst record in the league at 0-6.
These teams don't play each other much. When they do, the result is entertaining. The last time these two met was in 2019. The game was a shootout with the Dolphins winning 37-31.
This is the beginning of the toughest part of the Eagles' schedule. Next up are the Washington Commanders, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, and Buffalo Bills in a four-game slate. Philly will enjoy their bye week between their games versus K.C. and Dallas.