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Los Angeles Chargers: Defense will have to lead team to victory

17 September 2017, 08:23 | Anna Jefferson

In Southern California to face Chargers, Dolphins have minds on Miami

Miami Dolphins hold practice in Oxnard due to Hurricane Irma

Miami won past year on a fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown by linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Verrett has played in 25 games in his career with the Chargers, recording a total of 5 interceptions and 80 combined tackles. If Miami can run the ball and stop the run, life will be easy.

Last year, the Dolphins went 10-6 after a 1-4 start and reached the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade. However, two late turnovers gave the Chargers every opportunity to get back in the football game.

Melvin Ingram isn't anxious about Jay Cutler. They just can't get out of their own way.

It's a bold statement from a defender who was a part of the 17th ranked defense last season. Ingram is a veteran who can rush the passer with either speed or power. They then combined to put up three sacks against Denver in Week 1. It's true that Cutler had his best statistical season with Gase. Fernando Ramirez handles the Chargers keys to victory while Derek Togerson looks at what the Dolphins have to do. In last year's meeting, Gordon had 70 yards on the ground, but once again was effective as a receiver, finishing with 132 yards from scrimmage on 29 touches.

Without Timmons, the Dolphins will be trying to shut down a powerful Chargers offense led by quarterback Philip Rivers.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Chargers TE Hunter Henry. Their scheduled opener against Tampa Bay was postponed by the storm, so they will begin their regular season Sunday against the Chargers. Not only didn't he have a catch in the loss at Denver, but he wasn't even targeted. It's unclear what could have angered him over the course of the week that would inspire him to leave the team.

Lynn's coaching staff doesn't know exactly what to expect from Adam Gase's team, but the Chargers are expecting the Dolphins' layoff to be a positive for Miami.

GATES GETS IT: Antonio Gates didn't get a touchdown grab in the season opener to break his tie with Tony Gonzalez at an NFL-record 111 TD catches by a tight end. Maybe he just wanted some In-N-Out burgers or maybe he woke up and realized he's playing for the Dolphins.

Verrett, 26, shut it down last season after a Week 4 contest against the New Orleans Saints when an MRI revealed he had a partially torn ACL in his left knee.

There was more encouraging news about this year's first-round pick.

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