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Will Miami Dolphins offense continue to struggle against wounded Buccaneers defense?

An analysis from the opponent side of the matchup

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With a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins would fall to 1-4 on the season, just two losses from matching their total defeats from the 2020 NFL Season.

It would come in Week 5, and with 12 games remaining afterwards, it would be a safe bet to say the team would surpass their total from last season.

In terms of must-wins, this is one for the Dolphins. And it comes against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Of course, the Bucs themselves haven’t exactly been firing off on all cylinders either. So it brings a shade of uncertainty into a matchup where Tampa Bay is currently favored to win by ten points.

With Jacoby Brissett getting another start in place of the injured Tua Tagovaiola, can the Dolphins keep pace with Tom Brady and his arsenal of weapons?

Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, and Chris Godwin are all on the injury report to start the week for the Tampa Bay offense. On defense, Jason Pierre-Paul, Carlton Davis, and Antoine Winfield Jr. headline the long list of injured players on that side of the ball.

Who will play, and who is likely to miss this weekend’s game?

For Miami, Will Fuller joins the injury report along with other key contributors like Byron Jones and Xavien Howard. Who will the Dolphins have available as they look to upset the defending Super Bowl Champions?

Kyle Crabbs of the Locked On Dolphins Podcast and The Draft Network joined me on the Locked On Bucs Podcast to discuss these very topics.

And he shares a fun NFL Scouting Combine story about your favorite nose tackle, Vita Vea!

David Harrison (Bucs Nation) of the Locked On Bucs Podcast and Kyle Crabbs (The Draft Network) of the Locked On Dolphins Podcast come together to preview the 2021 Week 5 NFL matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins.