This week the 5-3 Miami Dolphins travel to Detroit to face the 6-2 Lions in a pivotal match up for both teams and here are my keys to victory for the Dolphins.
- Get the running game going with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas to shorten the game and keep Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense off the field. The Dolphins currently rank 5th in the NFL in rushing averaging 137 yards per game and need to continue running the ball the effectively not only to shorten the game, but to get the play action going. Lamar Miller is officially questionable for tomorrow's game, but I suspect he will play. He has had a big year with 518 yards and 5 touchdowns so far. Not only is Lamar running the ball well, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been using his athleticism and running the ball more in the read option as he has runs of over 20 yards in 3 straight games.
- Continue to not turn over the ball. In this 3 game winning streak for the Dolphins Ryan Tannehill has only turned over the ball once and that was against Jacksonville. If Tannehill can protect the ball against this Lions defense which ranks number one in total defense the Dolphins should be fine.
- Create pressure on Stafford. The Dolphins defense has been playing great football in this 3 game win streak by creating pressure on opposing quarterbacks and forcing turnovers. If the front four of this Dolphins defense can get to Matt Stafford and create pressure by getting sacks or making him get the ball out of his hand in hurry it will allow the secondary to do its thing and get turnovers which they have been so good at lately.
- Keep incorporating the rookie Jarvis Landry in the offense. He has been a spark to this offense the last couple of weeks playing in slot. It would only benefit him and this offense if he given more snaps.