Dolphins look to end losing against the Broncos today
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins started the week a one point underdog against the visiting the Broncos today but they may be the best shot at getting a win.
Miami has struggled on both sides of the ball all season long. Jay Cutler returns to the lineup today to face his old team. It is also Adam Gase’s first contest against the Broncos since becoming the Dolphins head coach. Will it matter?
Miami hasn’t won a game since October 22, when they beat the New York Jets in Miami. It has been a five game losing streak that is not sitting well with the team or its fan base. Today the Dolphins could reverse that trend as a struggling Broncos team visits Hard Rock Stadium.
Next week the Dolphins face the Patriots in primetime, then they have two against the Bills in three weeks with the Chiefs on Christmas Eve. Miami has to find a way to win today in order to get back on the winning side of football.
The Denver defense has struggled this year as well and this week they will be without Aqib Talib at corner who is suspended. All things being equal the Dolphins should be able to turn this into one of their better games this season.
Denver doesn’t have a lot of threats on offense at the moment as they are transitioning quarterbacks which has made the wide-receivers struggle. How Miami attacks the Broncos on defense will got a long way to determining how this game plays out.
Miami needs to move the ball and get quality play from their offensive line to keep Cutler protected and open running lanes. The Dolphins will enter the game with only two healthy running backs. Kenyan Drake and the recently signed DeVeon Smith who was on the Dolphins practice squad.
On defense the Dolphins have to find a way to get pressure on the Denver QB. Miami got a lot of pressure on Tom Brady and they need to keep that up against Denver. The front four of the Dolphins defense will need to stop the run and create turnover opportunities.
Miami should win this game as it matches well for them. Despite their struggles this game should provide a return to the win column. Dolphins 32 – Denver 17.