Sunday, September 29, 2013
WHEN MIAMI HAS THE BALL: It is a simple gameplan for the Dolphins this week on offense. Run the ball, run it some more, and if not sure run it again. Keep the clock moving and Drew Brees and the Saints high powered offense on the sidelines. The Saints rush defense isn't great and I think Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas can have success running the ball this week. And if they can run with some moderate success it should open up some big plays in the passing game to Mike Wallace. Rob Ryan is the new Saints defensive coordinator and he has improved that unit but its still not an elite defensive unit by any means. Once again, as I say here every week the biggest key for the Fins is the offensive line. This game will be in the SuperDome it will be very loud and the Saints love to blitz and attack the QB. It is imperative for the Fins to block well and give Tannehill time or else it could be a long night.
WHEN THE SAINTS HAVE THE BALL: Drew Brees....Jimmy Graham....what more needs to be said. The Saints have a high powered offensive attack. Marqus Colston....Darren Sproles...they can come at you in waves. Last week Tony Gonzalez was outstanding on the opening drive, after that drive Miami adjusted and Gonzalez didn't catch a pass. Graham is a bigger threat than Gonzalez so the Dolphins will need to be even better this week. If Cam Wake can play a little even on only passing downs that would be a great help for the Fins. If not Dion Jordan must step up and make some plays. Rattle Brees and make the Saints o-line account for him at all times.The Dolphins secondary will be tested. Patterson is still out but it sounds like the 2 rookies Taylor and Davis will finally see the field this week. Welcome to the NFL boys...it's Monday Night football and the Saints offense! The Saints running game is nothing special and not a huge concern.
So the first 3 weeks I have picked the Dolphins to win and have been almost spot on with my score predictions. I've been going with my gut on these predictions and its been working out. So, I'm not gonna change that now. Everything on paper says the Saints should win and maybe even win fairly easily. A young Dolphins team thrust into a big primetime NFL game, how will they handle that and being on the road no less. The Saints are unbeaten and have a high powered offense. Everything points to a Saints win and maybe an easy one. But something is telling me the Dolphins are gonna hang around....hang around....hang around....and pull this one out late. I see a shoot-out this week DOLPHINS 34 SAINTS 30
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Carl C. Crowley
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Despite reports that Dolphin’s defensive linemen Cameron Wake would miss 2-3 weeks due to his mild ankle sprain, he was a limited participant in Wednesdays practice. Brian Hartline stated that he would be “shocked” if he didn’t play on Monday and some even feel that the estimation of the games he would miss was an exaggeration. His presence will most certainly be needed come Monday night when the team flies to New Orleans to play the undefeated Saints. With Drew Brees under center and Jimmy Graham stretching the field, the Dolphins will need as much help putting pressure as they can get. Without Wake, the team was unable to sack Matt Ryan and struggled to stop the run last week against Atlanta, even though the Dolphins came out victorious due to the elite 4th quarter play of Ryan Tannehill.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Tannehill has been poised and accurate, posting a 94.3 passer rating through three games. He throws darts all over the field, hitting nine different receivers in the Dolphins victory against the Falcons. I’ve even noticed Tannehill barking signals at the line, pre-snap. This shows he’s comfortable running the offense and reflects his film study on opposing defenses. He’s also showing maturity by not “forcing” the ball to our sixty million dollar man WR Mike Wallace. He’s going through his reads, stepping into the pocket (when he has time), and delivering his passes with speed and accuracy.
In this 3-0 stretch he’s shown command of the offense, as well as command of his huddle. “Before the [last] drive started I just told the guys, ‘Hey! Doesn’t matter what happened before now. All that matters is what we do on this drive.’”
Tannehill was sacked 5 times, threw a pick, fumbled twice, and was knocked down a few times in the win against the Falcons. His receivers also had two drops on the last drive.
The second year quarterback over came all of those challenges and led his team on a 13 play, 75 yard game winning drive. He had two second half touchdowns and even collaborated with offensive coordinator Mike Sherman on the last play of the drive that sealed the deal. I just wish he’d use his legs a little more and get rid of the ball a lot quicker.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
WHEN ATLANTA HAS THE BALL: The Dolphins defense is catching some big breaks this week. The Falcons will be without Steven Jackson at running back and their starting left tackle Sam Baker. Not to mention superstar WR Roddy White is less than 100% and will be very limited. Even Julio Jones is banged up. I don't expect the Falcons to run the ball much at all with any success vs the Dolphins front seven (even with Soliai OUT this week) but Atlanta and Matt Ryan could have some success in the air. It's up to Miami to bring the heat and sack Matt Ryan early and often. With no Sam Baker there is no excuse...the Fins must get to the QB. The Dolphins will be without CB Dimitri Patterson but they are getting Jamar Taylor and Will Davis back this week and the two rookies will play for the first time this season. For Miami's defense to have success they must slow down Tony Gonzalez and Harry Douglas in my opinion. Jones will do his thing, White is banged up and might not make a huge impact. So its about keeping Gonzalez and Douglas in check and not letting those guys have big days to pick up the slack for not having Jackson and having a banged up White.
WHEN MIAMI HAS THE BALL: The Dolphins catch another break here as Atlanta is without linebacker Sean Weatherspoon this week. When Miami has the ball they need to keep doing what they are doing. The Falcons are not an overwhelming defense by any means and with the injuries they have Miami could have a lot of success against them. I expect to see a heavy dose of Lamar Miller this week. In fact I could see this as a coming out party for Miller so to speak and him having a very big day. Maybe 100+ yards and two touchdowns. Wallace might be in for a performance like he had Week 1 more so than what he did last week vs Indy. Samuel is a top flight NFL CB and he could blanket Wallace and shut him down this week. Which means Hartline, Gibson, and Clay must step up! If there is a god in heaven Charles Clay keeps playing like he has the first 2 games and continues to improve and produce. He is the key to the Fins offense in 2013. But as with every game this season the key to the Fins offense is their offensive line. They must protect Tannehill. Tannehill is getting hit far far too much and already has a small injury.Tannehill cannot continue to get hit like he is getting hit at this rate or he won't make it through the season.
So, i have been pretty spot on with my predictions the first couple weeks almost nailing the score exactly. This weeks game is tougher though. IF Atlanta was healthy I would pick them to win as I think they have superior talent across the board. Atlanta has so many injuries though, I mean so many injuries that it has leveled this game out some. I see the Dolphins being able to run the ball and control the clock keeping Matt Ryan on the sideline and I see the Dolphins taking advantage of Atlanta not having Sam Baker this week and putting lots of pressure on Ryan. Miami sneaks out a win MIAMI 26 ATLANTA 20
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Falcons LT Sam Baker ruled out for Sunday's game with a foot injury.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Make no mistake about it, your Miami Dolphins have a giant opportunity staring them dead in the face. Coming into the season many predicted the Fins to be 1-1 or even worse 0-2 at this point. But for the 1st time in a long time we are 2-0 heading into a winnable week 3 at home.
Yes I said winnable. Don't misinterpret what I'm saying, this won't be a walk in the park. The Falcons are a hell of a team: A playoff team; a team that won their first 8 games last year; a team that's built for the Super Bowl. In the last 5 years the Falcons have finished with a winning record. There is no doubt this Atlanta team is in the upper echelon of the NFL.
Why we can win:
1. Injuries - This isn't a strategy or a way anyone would like to win a game, but right now the Falcons are laden with injuries, which bolds well for the Dolphins.
Baker, Sam T Knee/Foot DNP
Dent, Akeem LB Shoulder LP
Jackson, Steven RB Hamstring Out
Jones, Julio WR Knee LP
Konz, Peter C Knee LP
Matthews, Cliff DE Neck LP
Samuel, Asante CB Thigh DNP
White, Roddy WR Ankle DNP
White has been used as a decoy the firsts two games due to a lingering injury. It could be huge for the fins if White and Samuel are out, but I expect them both to play, although not at full strength.
2. Joe Philbin - At this point most teams get ahead of themselves thinking they are better then they are. Seems as Joe cool is not letting two wins distract the team and is keeping them focused on one game at a time.
3. Home field advantage -As I write this I'm on a plane on my way to south beach. It will be hot, it's a 4pm game and this is our home opener. Last year we beat the Raiders at our home opener, this year we need to beat the Falcons. To do so we need every man, women and child to be screaming at the top of their lungs. We need to make it difficult for Ryan to call plays or change them at the line. It looks as if we are going to sell out so we should be able to get loud and make Matt Ryan hate playing in Miami!
I'm gonna steal my last line from Eminem. We're gonna rock this house until we knock it down, So turn the volume loud, cause it's mayhem 'til the a.m.