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Can Miami Dolphins Beat the Patriots?
- Updated: October 24, 2013
The Miami Dolphins travel to New England this weekend to play in a must win game for the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins started the season 3-0 looking very much like a playoff team with wins against the Indianapolis Colts and the Atlanta Falcons, who were both playoff teams from a year ago. Since then, the Dolphins have lost three straight and looked much like the team of last year, who could not win close games in crunch time, so the question for fans is which team is going to show up this weekend?
Miami’s last trip to New England was the final game of the season last year, in which the Miami Dolphins lost 28-0. Miami has not beaten the New England Patriots in three seasons, dating back to October 2009, when the Dolphins last won 22 to 21 at home. Coming into this game neither team has looked very good as of late, the Patriots are 5-2 but lost to the Jets last weekend and really should’ve lost to the Saints. The Patriots have not looked like the team we are use to seeing. Tom Bradys passer rating is 75 and he is only thrown 8 touchdown passes through seven games. The Patriots have a lot of young receivers and some injuries, this has made it difficult for Brady in the early going. Miami could take advantage of this if they can manage to get some pressure early and often.
The Miami Dolphins meanwhile have had their own problems, most notably the play of the offensive line, which has been very weak up to this point. The Dolphins have given up 26 sacks in seven games and they gave up two sacks in the fourth quarter of last week’s game against Buffalo, which ultimately cost them the game, with one of those sacks being a strip sack,causing a fumble. The poor play of the offensive of line has affected Ryan Tannehill’s game, the pick six that happened early in the game was a hurried pass . The defenses have figured out that Miami likes to throw short routes because of bad pass protection and they have been jumping these routes like in the New Orleans game, same play only it did not go for a touchdown. What the defense does is bring pressure and play underneath coverage, could have easily been a couple more pics in this game.
For Miami to have a chance in this game they have to protect Ryan Tannehill much better than they have the first six weeks. How can this be done you might say? Here’s some ideas that we have come up with here at It Is All About Sports.
1) Put Tyson Clabo on the bench now and do not put him back in game unless it’s an emergency situation only. Start Nate Garner at right tackle this week if you have to, unless Bryant Mckinnie is ready to play and then you can start him at left tackle and move John Martin to right tackle.Clabo has been far and away the worst offensive linemen on the team, and we don’t care if he is a nice guy or not he has to go to the bench or be cut.
2) More Screen Passes, good teams find ways to get the ball in the hands of playmakers, here is an example: remember the game against the Saints?, how they used the screen to Darren Sproles time and again to hurt us. It is true we don’t have a Sproles, but we do have Marcus Thigpen and he has proven that he is dangerous with the ball in his hands. The Dolphins did throw him one screen pass this season and it went for 52 yards , we need to get him in the game, he is much more of a weapon than Thomas or Miller. Don’t believe me? When was the last time Miller or Thomas broke a long run for touchdown? Thigpen doesn’t have to be your every down back but he deserves some touches and the screen game would be perfect for him, either out of the backfield or out wide, good things will happen. And this will slow down the rush.
3) Be less predictable on offense, the Dolphins run the shotgun formation with a single back 75 percent of the time, and the running back gets the ball goes left or right or its a pass, this will not work going forward. They have to be more creative and use an eye formation more and play action fake off of that, showing the same look almost all of the time won’t work unless you have a hall of fame quarterback like Tom Brady.
4) The defense just has to be physical , they have been kind of soft as of late , I think the turnovers by the offense are getting to them. The Dolphins should be able to match up here pretty good, but they need to start playing like the defense we are used to seeing, no excuse last week third stringer beat us we should have ate him up.
5) Tannehill has to play better , I know he has taken a beating and he did bring us back, but there were also times in the game where his effort seemed lackluster and careless with the football , for instance: the interception in the red zone ,he just floated that ball up there for grabs, this is unacceptable because we lost by two points and that would have been an easy field goal which we all know could have made the difference.
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