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Predicting every Week 17 game that impacts the LA Chargers playoff chances

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Tua Tagovailoa
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Miami Dolphins 20, Tennessee Titans 17

Maybe this is just me emotionally hedging but I think the Dolphins are going to get the job done on the road against the Titans despite being 3.5-point underdogs. This would obviously make life harder for the Chargers, who would have to hope that the New England Patriots will beat the Dolphins in Week 18 for the Chargers to have a chance.

Miami has won eight games in a row and while most of those games were against really easy opponents, they match up well against this Titans team. While Tennessee is a playoff team, I would really like this matchup if I were a Dolphins fan.

If Derrick Henry was playing then this would not even be a question. However, without Henry, Ryan Tannehill has really struggled to move the ball. The Titans offense has been off without Henry and even big games they won, like against the Rams, were because of the defense.

Since Henry got hurt the Titans have only posted 300 or more offensive yards twice in seven games. They picked up 420 yards in the loss to Houston in which Tannehill threw four picks. The other game was against the Patriots, where they picked up 355 yards in a loss in which they scored 13 points. Before Henry got hurt, the Titans picked up over 300 offensive yards in every game but the first of the season.

Miami has a solid defense that absolutely can force Ryan Tannehill to turn the ball over. Offensively, as long as Tua Tagovailoa does not get wreckless, the Dolphins have the ability to keep the ball and hope for a big breakaway play from someone like Jaylen Waddle.

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It is going to be a low-scoring field goal game that I think the Dolphins emerge victoriously in.

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