The Miami Dolphins have officially listed their starting quarterback for their opening playoff game this weekend against the Buffalo Bills.
Given that their first two options at quarterback are injured, the Dolphins have turned to a rookie at the position in their most meaningful game of the year.
Mike McDaniel has named Skylar Thompson as the starter Sunday. This has been the expectation since the beginning of the week.#Dolphins
— Mike Giardi (@MikeGiardi) January 13, 2023
Skylar Thompson will be lining up under center for the Dolphins this week, after only starting in two games this season.
Thompson was a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and will join fellow seventh-round pick Brock Purdy as the two rookies starting in playoff games this weekend.
Although Thompson played well in college, he hasn’t found the same level of success in the NFL, albeit with a limited sample size.
In his seven appearances for the Dolphins this season, Thompson has a completion percentage of 62.2, throwing for 534 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.
He will have his work cut out for him this weekend, as the Bills’ defense has allowed just 231.9 passing yards per game, and have one of the league’s best defenses.
After the injury to Damar Hamlin two weeks ago, the Bills have been playing like a team on a mission, and, along with a potent offense and defense, the Bills will also have that going for them.
Simply put, Thompson will need to have the game of his life for the Dolphins to have any chance of winning this weekend.
Can the Dolphins pull off an improbable victory, defying all odds and pregame expectations?
Not if Josh Allen has anything to say about it.