CHARG­ERS, 30-27

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 2 MATCH UP - Dol­phins QB Jay Cut­ler.

Con­sen­sus line: Pend­ing Pre­dic­tion: The Dol­phins lead the reg­u­lar-sea­son se­ries 15-13, and the teams have split four play­off games. They have played in each of the last four sea­sons and Miami has won three, in­clud­ing 31-24 in San Diego last sea­son. In that four-year stretch, the Charg­ers’ win was at home in 2015, 30-14. The 1981 play-

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off game was one of the most mem­o­rable in NFL his­tory; the Charg­ers won in the sti­fling Miami heat and hu­mid­ity, 41-38 in over­time. This matchup has un­usual vari­ables: The Dol­phins’ opener was post­poned by Hur­ri­cane Irma, and the Charg­ers are com­ing off a road Mon­day night game in the high al­ti­tude of Den­ver and also will be in their new city.

uS­TART: Charg­ers QB Philip Rivers. The Dol­phins al­lowed 30 pass­ing touch­downs in 2016 and will have trou­ble con­tain­ing WRs Keenan Allen and Tyrell Wil­liams and TEs Hunter Henry and An­to­nio Gates.

uSIT: The Charg­ers had one of the most stub­born sec­on­daries in­side the red zone a year ago and should be able to con­tain the Dol­phins’ re­ceivers. Even if Cut­ler makes a few big plays, he’s no­to­ri­ous for turn­ing over the football.

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