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Rebound: Dolphins vs Pats Keys To Game

It’s been a tough week. First the Dolphins blew it big time against the Buffalo Bills, then , the news that Jake Grove would be doubtful for this weeks game yet again, and the breaking news that Joey Porter would be listed as questionable on the injury report because of career knagging knees. This week could not get much bleaker, but with the Pats coming to town this weekend, there is some upside.

Remember, we are a team on the verge of elimination from the playoffs, and following the loss to the Bills, some players, such as Jason Taylor were rather fired up, so much as to tell people, including players, coaches, staff, fans, and even media, who did not believe in them, to not come to work the next day, or in us fans case, not to follow them if we do not believe they can pull of the feat of repeating as division champs two years running.

So the weekend of the big game is now upon us, and with it comes some immense pressure to get the “W” here against the free-falling Patriots. This is the game where we can silence our critics, and start the journey over the rest of the season to take back what is rightfully ours, the AFC Beast Division Title.

So without further ado, here is what needs to happen to get the crucial victory tomorrow against the Patriots:

3. Containing The Beast Part I:

The last time these two teams met, Randy Moss won the game for the Patriots, and had one of the all important momentum changing plays that Tony Sparano always stresses must not happen every other play in the 2nd half.

While Moss has the height advantage on rookie cornerback Vontae Davis, this game will show us a lot about the kind of player Davis is.

Will Vontae bounce back from a shaky outing against Moss the previous matchup between the teams, and contain Moss for limited touches.

For the Dolphins to have any chance in this game, they will have to shut down Moss. Because if Davis allows him to change the game such as last time, then for sure, the Pats will outscore us.

2. Containing the Beast Part II:

The Dolphins will most likely be without starting center Jake Grove in this game. This means that Patriots defensive tackle, Vince Wilfork will be roaming free all over the place wreaking havoc.

Joe Berger will be getting the start, but now that Richard Seymour is gone, the Dolphins can throw some double teams Wilfork’s way for some of the game, and not get punished for it.

The bottomline is that we need to stop this guy to get our run game going again. This guy is a stud, and has the ability to stop our run game in its tracks.

1. Ball Control:

Only a couple words here. We need to keep the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands at all costs. While this worked somewhat with Peyton Manning, and with Drew Brees, the Dolphins are going to have to stick to their guns throughout the whole game, which is running the ball down the Patriots throats. The more we run the ball, the more we are successful. The coaching staff needs to forget about the number of reps they give Ricky Williams, because we all saw what happened with that philosophy last week against the Bills.

The bottomline is that the Dolphins have to play their game, and keep the ball away from the all dangerous Tom Brady. Nothing more can be said than that. I believe our defense can perform better against Brady than they did Manning. But we will have to be on our game, I can guarantee you that!

Final Score:

34-35, Dolphins

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