The Miami Dolphins are heavy underdogs to open the 2016 season. The Seattle Seahawks are looking for a return trip to the Super Bowl. Can Miami pull off an opening weekend upset?
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When the Miami Dolphins take the field later today they will do so knowing that no one expects them to win. The Dolphins have a new head coach, new assistant coaches, and new offensive and defensive system, and questions at just about every position. It’s not a good sign for Miami.
Despite the odds against them which include a cross-country trip and three time zone changes, Miami could still pull of what would be the biggest upset of the day.
Key 5: Keeping Ryan Tannehill upright
In order for the Dolphins to stay in the game they have to keep Ryan Tannehill from getting hit. Tannehill has been sacked more than any other quarterback in the NFL since 2012, his rookie season.
Making matters worse for the Dolphins is Tannehill lacks that needed pocket awareness that top quarterbacks have and he does not have a quick release of the ball.
Where Tannehill does strive however is out of the pocket and if the Dolphins offensive line struggles against the Seahawk front seven, Miami needs to move Tannehill where he plays much better.
If Tannehill has time then the Dolphins uptempo no-huddle offense will wear down the Seahawks defense.
Next: Key 4: Stop the run