It’s a rare thing to have these days in the NFL – no wins at home. The Miami Dolphins for years seemed to only win home games and early in the season, as the cold weather proved to freeze them over. 2010 has yet to see a home win for the fins. With only 3 other teams in the NFL with no wins at home this season (Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills) all with losing records no less, makes you wonder what the keys to the Fins winning at home are.
Coach Tony Sparano seems to think that an advantage to winning this weekends game in particular against the Pittsburgh Steelers lies with the “Miami Heat“, and I don’t mean LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. With this Sundays 1 O’clock game slated to be in the high 80′s, Sparano is looking for his team to adapt to their environment of the hot hot heat the same way the Denver Broncos take advantage of the high altitude out there in the Rockies. Sparano is also planning on having the Steelers wear their black jerseys to increase heat irritation.
So, hydration, adaption to environment, and physical stamina – the three keys to the Dolphins winning at home? Hardly!
With the number one rushing defense in the NFL, expect the Steelers to release the Steel Curtain and force Chad Henne to the air. But that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. The Steelers are ranked 24th overall in the NFL with passing yards allowed while Brandon Marshall is coming off one of his best games off the year against the Green Bay Packers. If Henne can keep the turnover’s non-existent and put up points in the air against the Steelers secondary, then the Miami defense should be able to hold its own against a very good rushing game and a mediocre passing game of the Steelers. With the current line at +3 to the Fins, I would look for an overall fight to the finish and a +1 for the Miami heat.