The Dolphins will face a hobbled Falcons team in their bid for the franchise’s first 3-0 start since 2002.
Make no mistake about it, Atlanta is still dangerous and will likely be Miami’s toughest test of the young season. But they’ll be without linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (foot), defensive end Kory Biermann (torn Achilles) and fullback Bradie Ewing (separated shoulder), who were all placed on injured reserve, and likely without running back Steven Jackson, who could miss two to four weeks with a thigh injury, on Sunday.
On top of that, star receiver Roddy White has been nursing a injured ankle and hasn’t had a huge impact through two weeks, while cornerback Asante Samuel left this past Sunday’s game with a thigh injury after missing Week 1.
Of course, quarterback Matt Ryan, receiver Julio Jones and tight end Tony Gonzalez will still be a serious threat to a Miami secondary that has seen its fare share of injuries. But if the Dolphins are the playoff-caliber team their 2-0 start would indicate, they’ll have an excellent opportunity to open their home slate with a win over a Super Bowl contender.