The first opponent is a Chargers team who will be playing their first regular season game in the City of Angels since 1960 after having moved from San Diego this offseason. If the Dolphins can't protect Jay Cutler, it will be a long day for their offense. On the other hand, their could be an emotional hangover from the heartbreaking the way they lost the game. "I got here Saturday and the set up had started and the Rams helped us out with a lot of stuff". Since the Dolphins have not played an National Football League game this season is hard to evaluate if they got better. Chargers pass rusher Melvin Ingram doesn't seem to be too daunted by the challenge of facing Cutler this weekend. "It will be all hands on deck for those two outside guys", Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said. "We've got to know where they are and what they are doing". After coming out of retirement on August 6 to replace an injured Ryan Tannehill, Cutler played sparingly in two preseason games for the Dolphins.
"We're all excited about it", Rivers said.
The Chargers lost a bunch of close games a year ago, and while they lost another one to start this season, a 24-21 decision at Denver on Monday night, they battled back to almost force overtime and pushed the spread as three-point dogs. Gates now gets three straight chances to do it at home. "I got here on Monday". Ingram is a veteran who can rush the passer with either speed or power. Anthony Lynn reiterated this week that he wants to run the ball, so don't be surprised if Melvin Gordon tops 20 carries for just the seventh time in his career.
Noteworthy: Jay Cutler has a 3-4 record against the Chargers, throwing for 1,872 yards and 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. If the Chargers can use for play-action pass that will open up the offense and they could add more creativity for an offense that looked pedestrian at times in Denver. The stands will also be filled with Philip Rivers' powder-blue No. 17 jersey, since every season ticket holder at StubHub will be getting a custom-sized jersey for every seat they've purchased.