by Brian Biggane http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedaily ... y-wildcat/
After putting the Wildcat formation in mothballs for a few weeks, the Dolphins installed a few new wrinkles and sprung it with success on Tennessee last week. The specter of having a revigorated Wildcat is where we start our talking points for Wednesday:
1. Pick up on Thursday where the Wildcat left off on Sunday.
OK, you’re the Chicago Bears, and you had one full day to get ready for the Dolphins. Offense, defense, the whole deal. Think you spent much time on defending the Wildcat? No way.
The Dolphins haven’t played the Bears in years, so even though a lot of teams run some version of it now, Chicago has never actually tried to defend the formation against the team that does it best, and picked up 49 yards on seven carries out of the formation Sunday.
Miami has always been most successful with it by mixing in some end-around stuff featuring Ricky Williams to complement the between-the-tackles style of Ronnie Brown. Outside the tackles proved successful against Tennessee, so expect the Dolphins to give it another look as they try to ease the pressure on Tyler Thigpen.
3. The Dolphins have at least a break-even shot at winning the next three games.
Miami is a two-point favorite Thursday, next week at Oakland figures to be no worse than pick-em and the Dolphins figure to have the edge the following week against improved Cleveland at home. While winning all of those games is a lot to ask, it might be necessary to keep playoff hopes alive.
As the players are quick to point out, you play one at a time so you’d better not start thinking about the Raiders or Browns just yet. But the Bears, whose six wins have come against teams with a combined 15-39 record, are eminently beatable, while the Raiders are 2-4 outside their division. Cleveland would be daunting in early December on Lake Erie, but the odds are significantly better in front of a friendly home crowd at Sun Life.
Taking the 8-4 record that would result from a four-game winning streak to New York for the Jets game is still no guarantee of a playoff berth — Miami would probably have to beat either the Jets or Patriots to achieve that. But it sure would make things interesting.