Forcing Cam Newton to Stay in the Pocket is Miami's Key to Victory

Miami’s key to victory for tonight’s game is to contain Cam Newton. Of course, there are other factors that need to go well for Miami but this single factor is one that if they execute, will keep them in the game and competing for four quarters.

The Panthers offense so far this season hasn’t looked that much better than Miami’s but as of late they’ve gotten better. The reason for that is Carolina’s coaches have allowed Cam Newton to take off and run with the ball more.

If you remember early on in his career that was his biggest threat when going up against opposing defenses. Cam Newton is an average quarterback when throwing the ball and if you don’t believe me check his stats this season. He’s currently thrown for 10 touchdowns but also has 11 interceptions. He’s not very accurate when he's forced to sit there and throw the ball. 

Tankersley and Howard shouldn’t have much of a problem covering the Panthers receivers throughout the game. The only reason I think that they’d have trouble comes down to the d-line not being able to contain Newton. If Newton is able to do what he wants as far as taking off with the ball then that is something that’s going to hurt the entire defense.

Miami has always had trouble dealing with quarterbacks who can take off with the football. If you remember from last season, Miami went up against a bad 49er team but the main reason why San Francisco was able to stay in the game up until the very end was because Miami had trouble containing Kaepernick.

As I stated earlier though there are many other factors that Miami needs to execute on but I feel that containing Cam Newton is the biggest one that will give this Dolphins team a chance to win.

We’ll see if Adam Gase and Co. has a plan to stop Newton from taking off.