Keys to a Miami Dolphin Victory Over The New Orleans Saints
Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) competes a pass in the fourth quarter in a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
This Monday night the Miami Dolphins will face the New Orleans Saints in a battle of unbeaten teams. Miami will be looking to defeat their second NFC South opponent of the season, not to mention the team atop the NFC South standings.
Both teams will be looking to catapult themselves into, not only the play-off picture (yes, I know it’s a little early to be talking play-offs), the Super Bowl contention picture.
Now, I understand that there is a long way to go before we can really be talking play-offs or even Super Bowl contention for that matter, but a win for Miami would prove a lot for this young and electric Miami squad.
Let’s take a look at a few keys to victory:
Establish the run game
: The Saints are fourth overall in total defense this season. They’re good against the run and they’re good against the pass. Miami must establish a run game early on to bring an eighth defender into the box to help QB Ryan Tannehill find his weapons. RB
had a decent first half against Atlanta last week, we saw his burst and explosiveness on a nice scamper, but the team did not give him much of an opportunity to establish a run game in the second half. Miami has
only run the ball 65 times this season
while throwing the ball 107 times. Utilizing Miller and RB
can only help this team.
Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin (71) reacts after a touchdown by tight end Dion Sims (not pictured) in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
This game could do wonders for this team and this fan base’s morale. A win over a team like New Orleans would be HUGE. But could it actually happen?
Prediction: New Orleans 33 Miami 30
I really would like to pick Miami here, but I cannot. New Orleans has a great offensive scheme and their defense is much improved. I think it will give Miami’s offense trouble early, especially if Miami cannot establish a running game. Miami’s offense will surge during the second half to give Miami fans a prayer of hope, but the team will ultimately come up short this week. 3-1 and on to Baltimore.