Lawrence Timmons: Miami Dolphins linebacker leaves team, out vs. Los Angeles Chargers

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Lawrence Timmons: Miami Dolphins linebacker leaves team, out vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Rivers completed 31 of 39 passes for 331 yards and one touchdown. He had a 44-yard attempt blocked with one second left in a 24-21 season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos Monday. Against this Dolphins' secondary, the Chargers should have a lot more success in the passing game.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons will not be playing in his team's first game of the 2017 season, but it is not an injury that is preventing the veteran from suiting up. Chargers' Antonio Gates gets chance to set National Football League record for TD catches by tight end at home.

Drew Kaser's punt was returned 13 yards to the Miami 49 yard line. Dolphins' scheduled opener against Tampa Bay was postponed to November, so Fins haven't played game since August 31.

Miami was supposed to open action last weekend versus Tampa Bay, only to be defeated by Hurricane Irma. Neither team committed a turnover.

Finally, there is quarterback Jay Cutler who has all these toys to play with and is reunited with head coach Adam Gase, whom Cutler had one of his best seasons under when Gase was the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. Cutler will look to build on his solid Dolphins regular-season debut in a Week 3 road tilt versus the Jets.

KEYS TO THE GAME: Offensively, everything starts for Miami by getting RB Jay Ajayi going, and defensively it all starts with stopping the run.

He led three field-goal drives in the final 17 minutes of the game, including the eventual game-winner with 1:10 remaining. And the Dolphins fans were equal in number by many on hand (I wasn't there). The stadium's listed capacity is 27,000, but the Chargers will not announce a crowd larger than 25,800. Tunsil will need to be on his game when these two teams meet in Sunday. The Dolphins got the ball back near midfield with 3:02 left and set up another big kick from Parkey, the Jupiter, Florida, native claimed off waivers two weeks ago.

To be clear, that is not an entirely fair comparison, given USC's rich local history and support and how new (and bad) the Rams and Chargers are at the moment.

Check out what happens when Cutler tries to throw the ball to the end zone in an effort to score a touchdown as the first half expired.

-Dolphins LT Laremy Tunsil vs. Chargers DE Melvin Ingram.

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