- Fins keep season alive Cam Wake's sack/safety in OT preserves the Fins victory and season
- Fins lose control in 2nd half Dolphins lose a 14 point lead and the game to the Patriots
- Fins trade for OT McKinnie Miami sends a late round conditional pick for OT Bryant McKinnie
- Fins let one get away Caleb Sturgis last second FG goes just left and the Fins lose 26-23
JL and I will be front row at this game for Web Weekend X. Wish us luck. We need this one. It’s a must-win.
The Dolphins blew a giant opportunity against the Ravens two weeks ago, and now have to win 2 of the next 3 games to keep pace in a tight AFC race.
A win against the Bills here only puts the Dolphins into the game at 4-2. The Dolphins would still have to win one of the following two games against the Patriots (10/27) and Bengals (10/31) to avoid a 4-4 record. The upside? If the Dolphins can win this game and defeat either the Patriots or Bengals to get to 5-3, they are likely looking at 7-4/8-3 record because their next 3 games are @Bucs, vs. Panthers, vs. Chargers.
One game at a time. Let’s look at the 5 key matchups:
1) DE Mario Williams vs. OT’s Jonathan Martin and Tyson Clabo.
This looks bad on paper. Mario Williams has 8 sacks on the season, third best in the NFL Continue reading
1) NT Paul Soliai vs. C Gino Gradkowski.
Soliai’s return to the lineup greatly improved the inside Run D against the Saints. He will go up against C Gino Gradkowski, a first-year starter who has struggled thus far. Ravens RB’s Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are only averaging 2.79 YPC on 86 carries this season. If Soliai dominates this matchup, as expected, the Dolphins will be able to make the Ravens one-dimensional on offense.
2) OT’s Jonathan Martin and Tyson Clabo vs. OLB’s Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil.
QB Ryan Tannehill has been sacked a league-high 18 times, and all parties from the OL to the RB’s are responsible. OLB’s Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil (6 combined sacks) are multi-time Pro Bowler who come into town angry after a 23-20 loss to the Bills. It is imperative for Tannehill to be able to put up confidently in the pocket.
3) C Mike Pouncey and LG Richie Incognito vs. DT Haloti Ngata, LB Daryl Smith, and LB Josh Bynes.
Smith and Bynes are the weak links Continue reading
1) TE Jimmy Graham vs. S Rashad Jones.
Graham has 23 catches for 358 yards and 4 TD’s in his first 3 games of 2013. It’s difficult to tell exactly how the Dolphins will a dominant force such as Graham, who spends more than half of his time split out at WR. Jones is the best bet. Look for the Dolphins to use a combination of LB Philip Wheeler underneath and Jones over the top. It’s their best bet.
2) DE Dion Jordan vs. LT Charles Brown.
Brown has been OK in taking over at LT for Jermon Bushrod, who left for the Bears in Free Agency. Brown faces his biggest test in DE Dion Jordan, who forced the game-clinching INT by hitting Matt Ryan’s arm in a 27-23 Dolphins victory last week. Jordan hit/pressured Matt Ryan 5 times in just 20 pass-rush attempts according to PFF. Handling the young Jordan will be Brown’s stiffest challenge to date.
3) WR’s Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline vs. CB’s Keenan Lewis and Jabari Greer.
B/R’s Murf Baldwin confirmed what I suspecte Continue reading
The Dolphins have given themselves a nickname on Defense: The Brotherhood.
It’s a good name. And, hey, it’s all in good fun, right? Maybe.
Allow me to take you back to the 2010 season. After a 2-0 start with road wins against the Bills and Vikings, the Dolphins Defense were working on another snappy motto: “Feed the Wolf”. I loved it. But there is a simple reason it never took off: Dolphins allowed 72 points in their next 2 games against the Jets and Patriots. The Dolphins fell to 2-2, and farted their way to a 7-9 finish.
These 2013 Miami Dolphins have a chance to do something special: start 3-0 with a potential franchise QB leading the charge.
Let’s look at the 5 key matchups in this game:
1) Dolphins 4-man DE rotation (Wake, Jordan, Shelby, Vernon) vs., OT’s Lamar Holmes and Jeremy Trueblood.
I’ll say this loud and clear: there is no excuse for the Dolphins failing to dominate this matchup. Skeptics will point out that the Dolphins DL failed to manhandle the Colts OL that Continue reading
1) WR T.Y. Hilton vs. Dolphins secondary.
Dolphins CB Nolan Carroll should see the majority of snaps against Hilton following an impressive debut against Browns where he intercepted Brandon Weeden on the first drive. Hilton, who had 6 catches for 102 yards and a TD in last year’s 23-20 victory over the Dolphins, is the Colts’ version of Mike Wallace in terms of home run ability. WR Reggie Wayne (8-96-1 last week) remains the star of the Colts’ receiving unit, but Hilton is the deep threat who can break the game open at any time.
2) RT Tyson Clabo vs. OLB Robert Mathis.
Only Mathis recorded a sack for the Colts against a very poor Raiders OT duo of Khalif Barnes and Tony Pashos in Week 1. If the Dolphins can control Mathis on passing downs, the Colts will struggle to get to QB Ryan Tannehill without blitzing linebackers and safeties because their Left Outside Linebacker platoon of Erik Walden and 1st-round pick Bjoern Werner is struggling to add pressure on the other side. Tannehill needs Continue reading