Atlanta D Good Test For Miami O

The Miami Dolphins offense opened up the 2010 preseason against a very young, and not yet good, Tampa Bay defense.  The first team offense did little to brag about during their time on the field that game.  Blame it on the rain, blame it on the field conditions, blame it on…….anything you can think of.  I wasn’t real impressed after that game, but the signs of what may become a good offense were there.

Henne was 5/11 for 19 yds.  Marshall had 2 big drops, Hartline had a drop, and Ronnie and Ricky tip-toed for a few yards here and there.  The story following game one was clearly the defensive performance of the Dolphins, the offense….not so much.

Game 2 against Jacksonville was a different story.  I felt we would see a more focused Miami offense, and they didn’t disappoint.  The first team looked pretty good against the Jags.  Henne was 11/14 for 151 yds, with 2 of his incompletions coming on drops by Ricky Williams and Brandon Marshall.  His lone bad decision and throw came on his other incompletion to Brandon Marshall in the endzone.  He threw 2 touchdowns to Anthony Fasano, who is clearly going to be a beneficiary of the attention Marshall will require from opposing defenses.  Marshall also showed off his blocking skills, clearing the way for Fasano on his first TD catch, and for Ronnie Brown on his TD catch from Chad Pennington.

Game 3 of the preseason is coming up this Friday, and the Miami Dolphin offense will face it’s toughest defense to date.  Atlanta is thought by many, including myself, to be a serious playoff contender in the NFC.  Being it’s game 3 of the preseason, the first team offense should play into the 3rd quarter.  This will give us a pretty good look at where the offense is at heading into the regular season. 

Look for Miami to continue to throw the ball against Atlanta.  Henne really hasn’t thrown the ball deep during his first 2 games, so look for him to take a shot or two deep downfield in this one.  Marshall should get his 1st TD of the preseason, and Ronnie Brown should see more carries.  If Miami can move the ball well and score a couple TD’s against Atlanta, they should be feeling pretty good feeling moving forward.   

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