In case, you missed it: In last weeks’ game vs. Jets, 3 actions happened that left the fans of the Dolphins pretty ticked off.
Action 1: Reggie Bush at the end of the 1st half, was hit in the knee by a Jets’ player helmet, which caused him to leave the game. More on that coming up.
Action 2: Dan Carpenter, normally a very reliable kicker, missed 2 FG’s (a 47 yard FG in the 4th 2quarter that could have put them up 20-13, and a 48 yard to WIN the game in OVERTIME!!)
Action 3: Coach Phiblin trying to ICE kicker Nick Folk in OVERTIME. They blocked the 1st FG attempt, but coach was awarded a timeout. Then, after the timeout, Folk drilled a 33 yard FG to win the game 23-20 for the Jets.
A lot of people think that hit to Bush was intentional. I did and well as my best friend, when we watched the hit. That was the 2nd was second runningback to be hit in 3 weeks by a Jets’ defensive player. Week 1, Fred Jackson of the Bills was hit in the knee and left the game. Bush left the game, and did not return. He came back to the sidelines in his uniform and was shown riding the bike, but the doctors advised him, not too. He had an MRI on Monday, and it showed no structual damage.
The Jets’ plan according to coach Rex Ryan was put some “HOT SAUCE” on him, meaning hit him hard. LB Calvin Pace said, “he wanted to put him on out!” Here are Pace’s comments and you be the judge. http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/jets/bush_league_play_MZuHes7pdHV9vOTIroKaaK.
Well, the Jets’ in that game lost one of the best players in CB Darrell Revis. Revis suffered a torn ACL and is done for the year. He was not touched on the play. Thankfully, Bush is not done for the year and amy play on Sunday.
Now, the Dolphins go into Arizona to face the Cardinals who are 3-0. They have beaten the Patriots and Eagles respectively. They have won 10 of their last 12 dating abck to last season.
The Cardinals have one of the best receivers in Larry Fitzgerald, and have a very solid defense. They actually have stability at QB so far, with Kevin “On the” Kolb”.
Bush is confident he will play, but it is up to the doctors and the team. In case, he doesn’t play, Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller have to pick up the slack. Thomas has fumbled twice, and fans are groaning that Miller should have played more after Bush went down. Miller missed a block, that caused Tannehill to run for a 3-yard loss in the 4th quarter. That incensed the coaches, so they benched him.
Oh! Please! You bench a kid who made a mistake. It didn’t hurt them. He could have made up for that mistake, by making a big run. He was playing well up to that point. Hopefully, he will have a bigger role this week.
It is going to a hot day in Arizona and facing a hot Cardinals team is not an easy task…
Keys to the game:
1) If Bush plays, then awesome. Bush is one of the best and just keep giving him the rock.
1a) If he doesn’t play, then Thomas and Miller have to set the table by running hard and not turning the ball over.
2) Coaches have to open the playbook for Tannehill. I have said this every week, “When are they going to open it and let him throw the ball deep? When they do, which is in spurts, he looks GREAT!! Also, his receivers need to CATCH THE BALL, instead of DROPPING IT!!! According this article, http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/dolphins-blog/sfl-miami-dolphins-offense-by-the-numbers-20120926,0,3410012.story, Tannehill is tied for 2nd in dropped passes (11), with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Jake Locker.
3) Karlos Dansby is making his return to his former playground since signing with Miami. Will he make some big plays on defense?
4) Can the offensive line protect Tannehill from a swarm of angry Cardinals? Tom Brady and Michael Vick struggled big-time. Will Tannehill be victorious or another victim?
5) Can the Dolphins’ secondary play well? Fitzgerald and Kolb must be licking their chops to facing this defense. The secondary is the Dolphins’ weakest link. Big Plays in all 3 weeks. The Dolphins front-seven is as dominant as the come, so stopping the run is not a problem, but after that is…..??????? marks all day.
6) If given the chance, can Carpenter rebound from his Field Goal debacles?
I am 1-2 on my predictions so far. As always I will pick my beloved Dolphins in an upset over the Cardinals, 20-13. I think Bush will play and be effective (20 carries, 90 yards, TD). If not, I think Miller will go off (15 carries, 90 yards, TD). Tannehill will have another Solid Game (22-34, 250 yards, TD, 0 INT’s). Everyone is predicting Miami to lose. They should be 2-1, not 1-2.
I believe they will limit Fitzgerald and company.
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Written by Daniel Saviuk
My name is Daniel. I love the Miami Dolphins (been a fan since I was 10)...