Oct 7, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) gestures at the line of scrimmage in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Keys To A Miami Dolphins Victory Over The St. Louis Rams



This Sunday the Miami Dolphins (2-3) will return home after two tough weeks on the road, to face the St. Louis Rams (3-2).

Last Sunday, Miami was able to pull out a big victory against a tough Cincinnati team. Early on in the season, this Miami squad looks tougher than many had thought.


St. Louis is finally having a decent season, after failing to live up to their potential last season. Although this squad is not going to blow you away on offense or defense, the team plays hard football for sixty minutes – meaning, they make the plays when they are need to.


How can Miami win? Here’s a few keys -


-Priority number one is protecting our rookie quarterback. Jake Long, Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey, John Jerry, and Jonathan Martin must bring their A game this week. These five will be facing a defense coming off of a 9-sack performance against the Arizona Cardinals. Chris Long and Robert Quinn may present problems for Miami’s front five.


-Miami’s offense is slowly maturing behind Rookie signal caller, Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill has impressed many with his poise in the pocket and his ability to extend plays. Tannehill has been able to hook up with numerous targets each game, showing his mentality of finding the open man. Speaking of targets, Miami’s wide receiving corp will not jump off the page at you, but Brian Hartline (NFL’s leader in receiving yards 514) and Davone Bess (Mr. Third-Down) are quietly producing career years. Hopefully tight ends Anthony Fasano and Charles Clay can present match up issues for this St. Louis defense, who has two very physical corners in Cortland Finnegan and rookie Janoris Jenkins.


-Miami must get their run game going early and often. Reggie Bush came on strong to begin the season, but looks nervous while running now. He needs to get that fire and explosiveness back. Miami will be without second-year running back Daniel Thomas, who will sit this one out after suffering his second concussion of the season last Sunday. Rookie Lamar Miller will takes Thomas’ place on the depth chart – Yes Hurricanes fans, it will be Miller time in Miami once AGAIN! Look for Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman to work a few packages in with Miller and Bush on the field at the same time.


-Speaking of Bush – Can we get him more involved in the passing game? This speedy and tenacious defensive line Miami will be facing, can be caught off guard with screens and draws all day.


-Rams Running Back Steven Jackson has been showing signs of age so far this season – Jackson is having the worst statistical season of his career. The bruit and power Jackson possesses may give Miami’s front seven some issues if they are stuck on the field for 55%+ of the game.


-Make Sam Bradford air it out. Take away Steven Jackson and St. Louis’ run game, forcing their offense to become one-dimensional. If Miami can force Bradford to beat them, this should be a field day for Miami’s secondary.


-Continue solid secondary play. Last week, corners Sean Smith and Nolan Carroll played lights out. Smith was able to stick with one of the league’s premier wide receivers (AJ Green) – Carroll was also able to stick with his man all game. Safeties Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons may have played even better. Both took great angles on ball carriers and did NOT miss any tackles. Miami’s young secondary must step up this week and begin playing lights out on a consistent basis.


-Dan Carpenter, just boot it baby.


-If Miami can run the ball successfully taking the pressure off of Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Tannehill should be able to take over the game and earn his third victory of his young career.


Prediction : St. Louis – 17 Miami – 20


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  • jcartwright67

    I agree; it all starts with our OL. I think they’re up to the task and I think Tanny will make another steady progression towards proving his draft position. I worry about R. Bush, I think the injury has taken the fight out of him and he seems apprehensive choosing gaps. He’s definitely one player that will benefit from the bye week. I’d love to see what Miller can do with Thomas sidelined now. I’m also excited to see if Gafney plays and how he fits into the scheme. Our secondary still concerns me, so, I don’t have the same optimism you do but I’m easily convinced…perhaps I’m too critical of their play…I just don’t like to see completed passes! Nothing about St. Louis scares me…even their front seven. Can’t wait for Sunday. Hey, the Rams have had 10-days to prepare for us…do you think that will have any effect?

    • TylerMcMullen

      I really am quite worried about Bush. I feel like he really isn’t 100% and I have seen numerous reports saying he is not. Hopefully he can make it to the bye and sit out a week to recuperate. HOPEFULLY. Gaffney could be the wild card this week. He should be active and receive some time on the field. Maybe 10-15 snaps? It should be interesting to say the least lol. But our secondary is our biggest issue I believe. They MUST play consistent week to week for this squad to have any hopes at winning each game. Sunday should be interesting. And yes, it will be quite interesting to see how they open the game given they have had 10 days to prepare. Thanks for the read and the comment!!

  • Miami Jules

    Tyler, I agree with your final score (remember your season game prediction exercise during the off season? I picked the Dolphins to get their 1st win of the year against the Rams), and I also agree with using Bush in a screen like situation given the Rams agressive defence.
    I think the key in a close game will be way we handle the 4th quarter. Let’s re-visit for a moment if we could 2 of our losses. We were leading by less than a TD with about 3 or 4 minutes left in the game, we got the ball back and went for the bomb, failed to make 1st downs instead and lost the game. Against the Bengals, we stayed relaxad, went with the run (although not successfully) set up the short pas, went for a “bread and butter” pass play not the bomb, caused Cinnci to hold on D and we got a 1st down as a result. We need to stay with “bread and butter” (defined: bread and butter plays are those which got us 1st downs and points) we did NOT go for the bomb late in the 4th while on our side of the field, Against the Bengals, we had to punt with like a minute and a half left, but because we has sustained a drive, our defence was rested and able to create havoc for Cinnci’s offence causing them to hold our pass rusher, get desperate and throw the INT…
    Stay lose and relaxed in the 4th, don’t try to win the game in one play especially when deep in our own territory, just get 1st downs, sustain a drive and just win baby.This is Miami Jules and I approve this message..

    • TylerMcMullen

      I agree with your statement, sir. Although, I believe that we need to stay aggressive to put the game away. DON’T go for the bomb to put the game away. Create a game-plan to pick up first downs to help “milk” the drive and put the game out of the opposing team’s reach. Thanks for the read and the comment man!!