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The Miami Dolphins don’t have the most threatening of offenses in the league. They rank just 22nd in points per game (21.7) and 10th in yards per play (5.9). Their running game is average Trey Flowers Jersey , and their quarterbacks just aren’t very good.Despite that, Miami’s offense does pose a real threat to the Detroit Lions, their Week 7 opponent. Last week, the Dolphins obliterated the Chicago Bears defense, which was Football Outsiders’ No. 1 defense in the league through five weeks according to their DVOA metric. Miami put up 541 yards of offense and 31 points against Chicago, blindsiding their way to a 31-28 overtime victory. The key to their success? A receiving corps that brings a ton of speed and open field talent to the table.“They’ve got some outstanding change-of-direction guys,” Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni said on Tuesday. “(Danny) Amendola is exceptional—has been for a long time, (Jakeem) Grant is a very, very quick, very Damon Harrison Jersey , very good change of direction guy. There’s no question (Albert) Wilson is excellent underneath on screens and just route running. So they’ve got a really talented group.”He’s not kidding. Just take a look at the athletic scores of these receivers coming out of college: Look at those 40-yard dash times: 4.37 (Grant), 4.38 (Stills). 4.43 (Wilson), 4.45 (Parker).Unfortunately for the Lions, they’ll be without one of the fastest players on their team. Jamal Agnew, who had been getting a lot of playing time—specifically in the nickel—was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.That will test the Lions’ secondary depth that has been beat up over the past few weeks. Quandre Diggs was wearing a cast last game, Tavon Wilson hasn’t played since Week 4, and Teez Tabor left the Packers contest early with a groin injury. One player the Lions may ask to slide inside to cover speedy receivers is Nevin Lawson, who has played significant snaps both on the outside and inside this year. Lawson, too, noticed the Dolphins’ speed against the Bears.“They’re fast Ricky Jean Francois Jersey ,” Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson said. “They’ve got a lot of fast guys and they try to stretch the field, that’s what they want to do. If they can’t do it when they want to, they try to get the ball in their players’ hands in open space to make people miss and get yards.” So how do you stop a group of receivers that are so dangerous with the ball in their hands? It comes down to fundamentals: proper angles and tackling. “We’re going to have to do an excellent job of playing in space and being athletic in space and tackling in space,” Pasqualoni said. Lawson mirrored those thoughts.“Keep your leverage, take away what you need to take away, and know where your help is coming from,” Lawson said. “At the end of the day, just go tackle.”The Lions have struggled against these type of receivers already this season, especially in recent weeks. Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley racked up four catches for 53 yards in Week 4, and the highly underrated Davante Adams pulled in nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ last game. But the Lions have had a week of rest to heal up and an extra week to prepare. It’s no secret what the Dolphins will try to do offensively on Sunday. The question is whether the Lions can stop them. The Minnesota Vikings got revenge against the Philadelphia Eagles Levine Toilolo Jersey , winning 23-21In Week 5 the Vikings paid a visit to the place were their Super Bowl hopes were dismantled last season. They were in Philadelphia for the first time since they were denied a home Super Bowl berth at the hands of the Eagles in a 38-7 thrashing in last seasons NFC Championship Game. Both teams returned with championship aspirations once again but this time it was Minnesota who raced out to the early start. This game had everything. Terrible offensive line play, skittish quarterbacks, dropped passes, everything you love to see out of two teams who are supposed to dominate the NFC this season.Oh, and Linval Joseph had a 63 yard touchdown run.The Vikings almost blew their early lead and let the Eagles steal the win away. Instead, they held off the late rally and kept their season on track. Next week against Arizona at home should be a gimme, but they did get obliterated by the Bills at home so who knows what might happen?Next: vs CardinalsThe Chicago Bears were on a byeHopefully Mitch Trubisky cooled off a bit during his week off. The Bears get to take on a flailing Dolphins team on a two-game skid this week before the big-bad-Patriots come to town in Week 7. Miami is on blowout alert as Ryan Tannehill has no idea how to handle himself when put under pressure. If there is one thing this Bears team is good at it’s doing just that. Next: @ DolphinsThe Green Bay Packers somehow only lost 31-23 to the Detroit LionsAs disheartening as last week’s game was for the Packers (wasn’t at all disheartening for me, I loved it) there are some positives to take away from it. Green Bay was playing without two of their top three receivers, their kicker Mason Crosby played the worst game of his life and their star quarterback looked a bit off but they only lost by eight on the road to a division rival. Aaron Rodgers is slowly returning to form and the team shouldn’t be as beat up next week. Mason Crosby will never leave 13 points on the field again (probably). A “Monday Night Football” game at home against the C.J. Beathard-led San Francisco 49ers is a good way to get their season back on track in an NFC North that no one apparently wants to win.Next: vs 49ers

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