The Miami Dolphins only have one game left before entering their much needed bye week. After a sloppy performance on Monday Night, Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins need to clean things up on offense and get back to basics on defense. Tannehill will need a strong bounce-back performance after his 4 turnover game against the Saints and he’ll do so against the Ravens 15th ranked pass defense. The Dolphins defense will need to have a better showing than they had on Monday, when they allowed 38 points and allowed Drew Brees to throw for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns.
So how can the Dolphins fix all of their problems with only a short week to prepare? How can they beat the defending Super Bowl Champions? They can get back to basics, something I believe the coaches will stress this week and for the next two weeks during the bye. The Dolphins must remember how to protect their quarterback….their quarterback must remember how to protect the football….and their defense needs to remember how to cover opposing receivers and tight ends. Here’s a look at our gameplan for the Dolphins this week against the Ravens:
Before Monday Night’s massacre, the Dolphins were +2 in the turnover battle on the season. However, after committing 4 turnovers on Monday Night, the Dolphins are now -1 on the season. If the Dolphins want to beat the Ravens on Sunday, Ryan Tannehill must do a better job of protecting the football. Against the Saints, he turned the ball over twice in the first half. On a scramble, he held the ball to carelessly and was stripped. Later in the half, the threw an interception when he stared down his receiver and the cornerback jumped the route. These are careless mistakes and must be fixed. He went on to throw 2 more interceptions in the second half, when the Dolphins were forced to abandon their running game, due to the score.
On the season, the Ravens are -2 in the turnover department. Last week, Joe Flacco threw 5 interceptions against a Bills’ secondary that was missing their top two cornerbacks. The Dolphins need to win the turnover battle this week if they want to win this game and it all starts with their young quarterback, being more careful with the football. (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)