GREEN BAY – The last two times the Packers played the Dolphins, the games came down to the wire, with Miami winning in overtime in 2010 and Green Bay winning on a last-second TD pass in 2014.
What does this one have in store? Here’s what to watch for.
1. Trickery: The Packers got burned last week by a pair of trick plays by the Patriots – a flea-flicker that helped set up a field goal, and a double screen pass that led to the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins are no strangers to pulling out all the stops, either, as WRs Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola both have thrown TD passes this year, Wilson’s a 52-yarder and Amendola’s a 28-yarder just two games ago.
2. Rising rookie: Packers rookie WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling has 355 receiving yards over the last five games, most on the team aside from Davante Adams. He’s had catches of 60, 40 and 51 yards in the last three weeks. The fifth-round draft pick from South Florida is on pace to have one of the best rookie seasons by a wide receiver in team history. He’s going to be in the spotlight the rest of the season with Geronimo Allison on injured reserve, and that attention could grow even greater Sunday with Randall Cobb on the injury report.
3. Moving parts: The Packers continue to shuffle things around in their defensive secondary, with safeties Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Jermaine Whitehead both now gone and CB Kevin King out with a hamstring injury. Tramon Williams has shifted to safety, Josh Jones is getting more defensive snaps, and rookie CB Josh Jackson could see his responsibilities grow as well.
4. Visiting Hall of Famer: Every game at Lambeau Field features a future Pro Football Hall of Famer in Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. But the Dolphins bring one to town as well in veteran RB Frank Gore. Facing the Packers with a third different team now in his career, Gore has seven rushing TDs in seven total games against Green Bay, and he’s closing in on the No. 3 spot on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.
5. Breakthrough back: The Packers have yet to post a 100-yard rusher in 2018, but second-year RB Aaron Jones has threatened the century mark with 86 and 76 yards each of the last two weeks, respectively. With the Dolphins ranking 28th in the league against the run, maybe this is the week.