Green Bay Packers vs Miami Dolphins: 5 matchups to watch

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1. Packers corners vs Dolphins receivers

Last week against the Patriots, Bashaud Breeland was dominated all game by Josh Gordon. Then again, the only thing that has ever held back Gordon was a drug test. When he’s on the field, he is one of the most physically gifted players there is. The Dolphins don’t have a player at the level of Gordon, but their receivers can’t be overlooked. If the Dolphins threw his way more, Devante Parker could surprise a lot of people.

Whoever matches up against rookie Jaire Alexander will be facing a black hole of sorts. Alexander is not the most physically intimidating corner in the NFL, but he plays far bigger than his listed size. He bodies up on receivers at the line of scrimmage, and he has the speed to recover on the rare occasions that he gets beat. If Kevin King is unable to play, it will be interesting to see who the Packers trot out there.

Kenny Stills flashed early on this year, but, when the rest of the team regressed, Stills followed suit. He has the big-play ability that has burned the Packers on multiple occasions this year. Cornerback turned safety Tramon Williams was moved to the back to help cover guys like this. If he doesn’t, Osweiler has the arm to burn this defense deep and give up points in a hurry.