During the third quarter of the Dolphins game this weekend the Sprinkle system went off, leading to many witty jokes including a remake of the Buffalo Wings commercial. Later in that same drive Ryan Tannehill threw a a awful pass that was intercepted. For the first time this season the refs helped the Dolphins, there was a roughing the passer call that seemed to knock some sense into Ryan. After that pass Tannehill was near perfect, leading to two more scoring drives including one with less then two minutes to set up the game winning field goal in the final seconds.
But of course that was last week, and while everyone is enjoying the win the Dolphins have the most important game of the year coming up Sunday. The New England Patriots are coming to town, it is always a fun week and will hopefully be a good game. Against Miami, Tom Brady has a 5-5 record in Miami, including a 0-3 record in December. These stats may sound satisfying but need to be thrown out the window. When playing Tom Brady any team needs to play its best football to have a chance to come out with a W.
Philbin even said that the Dolphins need to play their best four quarters of football if they want to have a chance to win on Sunday. They will need to play near perfect against the Pats. Be able to be controlling on special teams and minimize the damage from Brady and not get burned on the big plays. Brady will put up his usual numbers and the Dolphins need to keep him off the field as much as possible. The running game will be the most important factor in this game.
If the combination of Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas can have good games running the ball, controlling the field this can be a winnable game for the Dolphins. Bush and Thomas have to have another game like they did Sunday against the Seahawks, being able to open up the field against a Patriots secondary that is near to last in the league in pass defense.
The Pats are coming off a game where they destroyed, crushed, ruined, demolished anything the Jets had going, which wasn’t much. They have had ten days to prepare for this game and know that if they win, they clinch the AFC East. They will come out looking to do the same against the Dolphins.
A big key for the game will be the turnover battle, which the Dolphins have had a hard time winning all season. Being -10 over 11 games will not help your team. They need to take the ball away from the high-powered Pats offense, It will be a tough task though, Brady has only thrown four picks all season. The Patriots, in my opinion have the second best offense in the NFL (Behind Atlanta) but will not be at 100% this weekend. Gronk is out for at least the rest of the regular season with a broken wrist. Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots other play making tight end is questionable for the game with an ankle injury.
A few things will have to go the Dolphins way if they want to win on Sunday. But that is to be expected for a team that is “Rebuilding” but I expect them to put up a fight, knowing that this game can determine the rest of the season. The Dolphins have always given Tom Brady a tough time and I expect the same this weekend. Hopefully the Phins can accomplish a few things this weekend, even without a win, it would be good to see a growing and improving team that will be able to contend for years to come.