Phin Nation has been away for a few days, so we apologize for the lack of info. We’ll try to get to everything here in preparation for the Steelers @ Dolphins tomorrow.
Jared Odrick is done for the year. The Dolphins officialy placed the rookie DE on the Injured Reserve list yesterday, ending his season. After an offseason of rehab, hopefully he can come back next year and realize the potential he showed in early 2010.
Onto the game. The Dolphins face a tough test tomorrow, facing one of the best teams in all of the NFL. Luckily for the Dolphins, they are getting the Steelers in Miami. With the weather scheduled to be 86 and hot, the Dolphins primary goal should be to keep the game close, run the ball often and wear down the Steelers in the South Florida Heat.
3 Keys to the Game:
Key #1 – Control the Clock
The Dolphins MUST realize that their strength is controlling the clock and running the football. Yes, the Steelers defense if very good against the run. BUT, the Dolphins must stay committed to running the ball. Even if they are only getting 2 yards a carry, they must do so to wear on the Steelers and use the 1PM kickoff and heat to their advantage. The two games the Dolphins tried airing it out, they lost
Key #2 – Pressure Big Ben
Big Ben is making only his second start of the season and showed some signs of rust last week. They must get into the backfield and into his head, causing him to hurry throws. He’s more mobile than people think and can buy time in the pocket. Cameron Wake and Koa Misi must apply pressure and get hits, if not sacks.
Key #3 – Special Teams
Last week the special teams showed improvement from their embarrassing performance against the Pats. They must continue to show improvement and minimize/eliminate the dumb plays and penalties. Bobby Carpenter’s issues on special teams cost him a job. The Dolphins must protect well in kicking situations and must block well on returns. Maybe this is the week Nolan Caroll breaks one?
My Prediction: Steelers 24- Phins 20 (I hope I’m wrong!)
I’ll be at the game tomorrow, my first ever Dolphins game IN MIAMI. LET’S GO DOLPHINS!!!!