The Miami Dolphins are fighting to stay in contention for a playoff spot, despite being at the center of one of the biggest controversies the NFL has seen in years. As new details continue to emerge from the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying scandal, the team is set to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on "Monday Night Football" to conclude the Week 10 schedule.
"Right now we're focused on sticking together as a team, having each others' backs as a team, and getting ready to play a football game," quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "At the end of the day, we're playing a Tampa Bay team on the road on Monday. So we have to deal with this, yes, but we also have to get ready to play a football game."
On Sunday, Incognito gave his first full-length interview regarding the situation with him and Martin. He is currently suspended indefinitely, and ESPN’s Lisa Salters reports that Martin is likely done for the year. The offensive lineman underwent therapy after choosing to leave the team and reportedly doesn’t feel he can play again in Miami.
Even though he was missing two starting lineman, Tannehill had his best game since September in the Dolphins’ Week Nine win against the Cincinnati Bengals. In the 22-20 overtime win, the quarterback completed a season-high 71.4 percent of his passes and avoided throwing an interception for the first time in three weeks.
In Week 10, Tannehill will have to deal with one of the best cornerbacks in football. Darrelle Revis’ first season with Tampa Bay hasn’t gone as he’d hoped, with the team starting the year at 0-8. Revis hasn’t missed a game after coming off surgery to repair his torn ACL, but he hasn’t played like the player that made four straight Pro Bowls. With the first half of the season in the books, though, Revis may be returning to his old form.
"I'm getting back to my old self," Revis said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "I'm feeling very comfortable. The knee is feeling a lot better, the leg is feeling a lot better. So this is nothing new. Coming into this, this was the process and this is what I've got to deal with. I've just got to keep on working on it, getting better."
The Buccaneers are the lone NFL team without a win, following the Jacksonville Jaguars’ upset of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. In their last game, they came as close as they have all season to getting a victory. They blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead against the Seattle Seahawks and lost in overtime. It marked the first time Tampa Bay lost by seven points or less since September.
Player To Watch: Ryan Tannehill
TIME: 8:30 p.m. Monday
PLACE: Raymond James Stadium (Grass)
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Updated Betting Odds: Dolphins by 2.5
Prediction: Dolphins over Buccaneers, 20-13