Miami Dolphins: 3 sneaky keys to pull the upset over the Vikings

Miami Dolphins defensive end Zach Sieler (92) Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Miami Dolphins defensive end Zach Sieler (92) Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports /
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We all know he’s a 7th-round rookie. Who cares? Mike McDaniel has to let him play.

I believe a free Skylar Thompson is the best Skylar Thompson. I’m all for early in the game giving him some layup-type passes like screens and slants but that can’t be the game plan all game. Mike McDaniel can’t put this offense in a box where the defense knows they’re afraid of their own QB. The majority of the playbook needs to be accessible.

I think Mike McDaniel knows that as well. There’s a reason that on Tuesday he named Skylar Thompson the starter and it wasn’t 100% because Teddy Bridgewater was in the concussion protocol for the concussion he doesn’t have, which it’s kind of strange he’s still in it right? I mean, guys get concussions, actual concussions all the time, and are back within a week. Why is this taking so long? Is the league against the Miami Dolphins even more than we joke about? I’m starting to think maybe.

Anyway, get Skylar’s confidence up early but then let him rip it. He has the arm and attitude to not hold back so don’t handcuff him. The Miami Dolphins, literally, have the two fastest receivers in the league. Line these guys up in the slot and have them take their go-routes to the numbers and let Skylar go long. I love when go-routes are designed like that because it takes the sideline a bit out of play. Maybe you get a flag out of it like last week.

The Viking’s defense is nothing to write home about. They’re about in the middle of the league in every metric. Nothing about their defense puts any fear in me. Let Skylar cook and let him do it early. You go up early on Kirk Cousins and you instantly put him in a place he dreads which is the place where everyone knows he has to throw where play-action isn’t useful. That’s what we want here.