Offensive Rank (Total Yards): 28th
Defensive Rank (Total Yards): 21st
Offensive Rank (Total Yards): 9th
Defensive Rank (Total Yards): 8th
Keys to the Game
- Run The Ball
- Move The Corners
- Pressure Dalton
Last week Miami found themselves up two touchdowns on the Patriots. They ran the ball effectively in the first half limiting the time Tom Brady saw the field. In the second half the Dolphins abandoned the run making themselves one dimensional. This isn’t the fault of the players as much as offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
The Dolphins usually don’t move their corners. Grimes plays one side all game. That will not fly against A.J. Green and the Bengals. Grimes should be matched on Green all day because not one of the Dolphins other corners are a high enough caliber for Green. I am not the defensive coordinator so I do not know if it’s part of their scheme, but for the purpose of logical ideas this would make sense.
The Dolphins have been pressuring quarterbacks well this season, but not very well like last season. Cam Wake should be back to form by this point and his sacks and hurries should be on the rise, but others need to contribute. Jared Odrick has been rushing the quarterback very well this season from his natural 4-3 defensive tackle spot, but his counterpart Randy Starks hasn’t been a force like past seasons. If Starks wants a long term deal from Miami he may way to turn up the heat in the second half of the season. Long story short, make Andy Dalton uncomfortable.
- Pressure Miami’s Weak Offensive Line
- Pick On Miami’s Weaker Corners
- Get After Caleb Sturgis
Miami’s line has been the glaring weakness this season. The Bengals secondary is banged up and could use some help from a very good front four. Attack the Dolphins offensive line and rattle Tannehill. These are they keys to beating the Dolphins.
The Dolphins don’t like to switch their corners. If they are going to stick to that plan get A.J. Green matched up against Carroll and Paterson. That is a win all day. Also get Tyler Eifert on the outside matched up against those two corners as well.
Caleb Sturgis started off this season pretty perfectly (literally). He has been on a skid just like the rest of the Dolphins. If you can get Sturgis to miss a field goal or two that will be helpful to the Bengals and extremely detrimental to the Dolphins.
Prediction: Cincinnati 31, Miami 24
It’s going to be rough for the Dolphins to pull this one out. They will need to play perfectly in order to win. They may also need to catch a break or two from external forces (refs, weather, and so on).