Ajayi enjoying London homecoming with Dolphins

Last Sunday, Jordan was among about a dozen players who sat during the anthem in protest of racial inequality in America, and in particular, comments made by President Donald Trump that players who do not stand for the anthem should be fired.

The game is on FOX at 9:30 a.m. EST. As a result, Fins fans would be glad to know that cornerback Alterraun Verner is scheduled to play Sunday morning at Wembley Stadium. That was more than the 141 the team had gained on the ground in the first games against the Vikings and Patriots combined. He ranks in the top five in the league in yards, touchdown passes and quarterback rating, and has yet to be intercepted.

Parker has been the team's only consistent game-breaker so far this season, making 12 catches and averaging 13.4 yards and scoring one touchdown. Drew Brees out-dueled Ryan Tannehill in a 38-17 New Orleans win. But after the open date, the Saints will host Detroit on October 15 to start a stretch of three home games in four weeks.

The balanced attack in the run game has featured Mark Ingram, Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara sharing carries. But the Dolphins are unlike the Panthers in that they have a full contingent of receivers to bedevil the Saints shallow secondary depth. The more opportunities Miami gets with the ball, the likelier this becomes a shootout and New Orleans does not want that.

That's also how the Dallas Cowboys dealt with their anthem protest on Monday night in a game against the New York Giants. Instead, they took a complete face-plant, getting outplayed in every phase of the game en route to a 20-6 loss to fall to 1-1.

NATIVE SON: London-born Jay Ajayi will play in his hometown for the first time, giving Brits a chance to cheer the Dolphins running back who had a breakout season in 2016. He didn't practice Wednesday, but barring something spectacular happening, I still see him suiting up for Sunday's game. He was 22 of 44 for 220 yards, one touchdown and one pick.

This is actually an easier matchup for New Orleans, even with the presence of Ndamukong Suh on the Dolphins' defensive line. Quarterback Jay Cutler will need to earn his $10 million salary in a game Miami can't afford to lose with games against Atlanta, Baltimore and Oakland looming in the coming weeks. Nine if you count the guy that picked him off. Ndamukong Suh was completely handled, recording only seven tackles and none of them in the backfield.

"I think I've embraced it because at the end of the day, I put a lot of pressure on myself to be successful", he said. Well, maybe that was the biggest concern, but the defense is always bad for the Saints. I don't buy that they improved in a week. I think that also, sometimes, it's not going to go that way.



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