Thoughts On Today's Game

The Dolphins travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in a game, that before the season started looked very winnable. But the Cardinals have started 3-0, knocking off New England and Philadelphia along the way. Are they really that good? They have had a little luck along the way. In the opener against Seattle, the Seahawks had a first and goal at the Arizona 4 yard line in the last minute, but Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson threw three straight incompletions. Against New England, they had a little luck at the end there also. New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a 42 FG, this after A 30-yard TD by Danny Woodhead was nullified by a holding penalty against Rob Gronkowski.

On the flip side, luck has been all bad for the Dolphins. A horrible 2nd half of the 2nd quarter kept the Dolphins from hanging in the against the Houston Texans in the opener and a sloppy, mistake filled game against the Jets has left the Dolphins at 1-2 and searching for answers. How many times has the normally reliable Dan Carpenter made that kick?

With that said, I think the Dolphins have a decent shot in this game. They have played well on the road in recent years. There are 3 things they MUST do to have a chance. Run the ball. Arizona has a good defense but their weakness is against the run. Limit big plays by Larry Fitzgerald. Don't let him beat you. Make someone else beat you. And finally, no turnovers! The Dolphins have proven this year that they cannot overcome them! 

As for Ryan Tannehill, he didn't have a very good game last week. That pick 6 was a terrible decision. But he did do two things. First, he put the team in a position to tie the game in the final minute. Then, he put them in a position to win the game in overtime. He needs to play today like he did in the final minutes last week.

While no one else is giving the Dolphins much of a chance in this game, I do. I think they will cut down on the mistakes and if they do........

Miami 17  Arizona 13