Whats up PhinNation readers! I’m back this week with a preview of the Miami Dolphins week 6 matchup and the matchups for the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, and the New England Patriots.
First a recap of all the previous weeks games.
The Miami Dolphins had a bye week so in other news Jon Gruden may be our next coach! Fingers crossed.
The Bills ran over the Philadelphia Eagles in a final score of 31 – 24. Freddie Jackson maintained his pro bowl season rushing for 111 yards and a score. The Bills 3rd ranked defense had four interceptions off of Michael Vick and returned one for a touchdown. The defining play of the game came on a 4th and 1 with under two minutes to go when Bills quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, was able to draw the Eagles defense offside to end the game.
In the afternoon game the New England Patriots defeated the Jets by a score of 31 – 20. Mark Sanchez was only able to throw for 166 yards against the leagues worst passing defense showing exactly why the he is a top quarterback prospect in the NFL… Shonne Greene woke up a little going over 50 rushing yards for the first time this season with 83 yards on 21 carries and a score. The real scary aspect of this game was that the Patriots didn’t win this game through their number one ranked passing offense, but instead on the back of running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis who had the best rushing day of his career. He blasted the Jets normally tough defense for 136 yards and a touchdown keying the Pats to a win.
On to week 6 starting with the LEGIT Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo Bills ( 4 – 1 )
When will football fans finally give the Bills their credit! They are a last second field goal away from being undefeated! I’m not rooting for them, but after a convincing win over the “Dream Team” it’s time they get talked about. In week 6 the Bills are at home against the New York Giants. At times the Giants have looked like a great football team, but they single handily ended half of the populations bids in their survivor pool league (pick one team each week to win and you move on). The Giants are a team in disarray after their loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Their defense gave up 8.2 yards per carry to Marshawn Lynch, who is not nearly as good as the third leading NFL rusher, my man crush, Fred Jackson. Also the Giants passing defense has been decimated all year by injury and is ranked 22nd in pass defense according to Espn.com. The Bills spread offense should put up big numbers all around and match their success on the other side of the ball with their play on defense. Hakeem Nicks and the dual threat out of the backfield in Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs will still be effective, but the Bills defense can contain any member of the Giants offense. I’m taking the Bills to get their 5th win at home 24 – 14.
New England Patriots ( 4 – 1 )
The New England Patriots are at home in Gillette Stadium this week in a showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys offense is headed by the ultimate choker, Tony Romo. Romo has multiple weapons to pass to in up and coming wide receiver Dez Bryant, the dynamic Miles Austin, and a sure handed tight end in Jason Witten. Somehow he still manages to stink with all of the elite players around him. Romo will look extremely good verse the Patriots defense as everyone but Mark “Dirty” Sanchez can pass on them. I expect huge days from Romo and all of the aforementioned players. The one Cowboy I believe will be shut down is Felix Jones. The guy has every ounce of skill you could want in a running back, but just cannot seem to use it. He has eclipsed the 100 yard mark once against the Washington Redskins going for 115 yards, otherwise he has a rushing total of 126 yards in his other three games. Not exactly what you want out of a featured back. If he can run well against the weak Patriots defense (110 yards and a TD) I believe the Cowboys can win. As I said in last weeks post on the Patriots every game they play is going to be a shootout. The Pats M.O is going to be to score about 30 a game and pray they get the ball last on offense to drive down the field for the win. They can keep on winning in the regular season this way, but in the playoffs it is the defensive plays that win you games. Against the Cowboys, Tom Brady and the Pats offense will score a lot of points through the air with Wes Welker and the two tight ends Gronkowski and Hernandez. Statistically, I expect 350 – 400 yards and three touchdowns for Brady most of it going to those favorite targets. On the ground it may be a different story. The Cowboys are giving up the lowest amount of rushing yards to opposing running backs at only 61.8 yards per game. Green-Ellis, Ridley, and Woodhead, together should surpass that by a healthy margine, but it’ll be a lot of short 2 – 5 yard bursts up the middle and outside. The Dallas defense is extremely good at swarming to the ball so the big play will be extremely hard to pull of. In the end I am not going against the Patriots who have won their last 19 home games, an NFL record. Tom Brady is playing out of his mind so until I see his production really halt I think they can keep on winning. I’ll take the Pats by a score of 35 – 27.
New York Jets ( 2 – 3 )
Hey everyone Rex Ryan was right! The Jets are bowl bound! Right to the TOILETBOWL! The New York Jets are going to be handed another loss this week making it 4 straight. The Miami Dolphins are coming to the Meadowlands off of a bye week which means extra study time. Last year in this match up Mark Sanchez attempted 44 passes and completed only 17 of them for a feeble 216 yards. I have seen nothing in Sanchez’s game to make me think that he will be able to pass on a healthy Dolphins defense. Not only does “Sanchize” stink but, the Jets receiving core has committed a mutiny against offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, complaining about his play calling. Today the Jets pulled a Belichick, dealing wide receiver, Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans for a conditional draft pick. Clearly, they wanted to quell the complaints and they took out their frustration by moving him. With one less proven target to throw to, the Jets offense has become even more anemic. Defensively they have been far inferior to their previous years. Their best defensive lineman is Mike DeVito with 16 tackles… not exactly a frightening guy. Statistically, the Jets rank 13th overall, giving up a total of 337.8 yards through the air and 134.8 yards on the ground. Not only are their yardage totals up from last year, but they are also giving up 25.0 points per game. More than both the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. I ” CAN’T WAIT!” for the Jets to lose on Monday.
Miami Dolphins ( 0 – 4 )
Hey we didn’t lose last week! And we aren’t going to this week either, it’s time for a win! The Dolphins are 3 – 0 in their last three games in New York dating back to the great 08′ win that sent us to the playoffs. The winning streak will continue come the end of the game Monday night! I don’t care that we have Matt Moore starting his first game. I don’t care that our HUGE off season acquisition Reggie Bush hasn’t done squat (personally, I think it’s because we aren’t using him how we should…). I am confident that the Dolphins will get their first win. This game is Daniel Thomas’s chance to really solidify himself as the running back of the future. I think our running game goes off and keys us to a victory. The team needs to win. The coaches need it, the whole Phin Nation needs it. I don’t know how it’ll happen, but I am going with the Dolphins to end the Jets season by a score of 16 – 10.
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