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The Good


Olivier Vernon played like a man trying to get paid this offseason. Finally... it is about time because Vernon has been mostly invisible this season. The only time he has been visible is when he is getting silly penalties. I would like to see more of this from Vernon to see if he can replace Cam Wake.


Brent Grimes had a pick early and played pretty good coverage on Dez Bryant all day. The only time Bryant was able to do anything of note was when he was curiously being covered by a linebacker.


Nevil Hewitt was the linebacker covering Dez Bryant, a ridiculous assignment. That being said, since he has come into the line up, he has been productive. He did product an interception that should have led to points.


The Bad


Bill Lazor's playcalling is astoundingly bad. Lamar Miller was primed for a big day and only got 7 carries. This is an indictment on his playcalling and proof that he is too quick to abandon the run. He abandons it when it is working! It is disappointing because he showed so much promise as a coordinator in year one. But now he has become a ball and chain on this offense and the development of the QB and other young players.


The Ugly


Pretty much everything else.


Ryan Tannehill's pick 6 was a terrible decision, but he did have some nice downfield passes, including a 29 yard TD to Kenny Still, which was a perfect deep throw and a great improvised play to Jordan Cameron for a touchdown. Tannehill did miss some other throws, but a lot of them were due to pressure. It seems like he does not have confidence in the system any longer. Rumors that he wants to audible but isn't being allowed may play a role.


Jarvis Landy had some good and bad. He caught a nice deep ball from Tannehill, but had some other drops. It is nice to see Jarvis going downfield a bit more. All the 1 yard screens get a bit old.


The defense did pressure Romo pretty well, but they allowed 166 yards rushing. It appears the injuries have taken a toll at linebacker and defensive end.




The season is on the brink. This is a game the Dolphins should have won. A rusty Romo throwing picks all over the place and a team that is 2-7. But in typical Dolphins fashion, we won a tougher game last week and lost an easier game this week.


One more loss all but guarantees missing the playoffs.

The 4-5 Miami Dolphins, coming off a come from behind 20-19 win on the road at Philadelphia, take on the 2-7 Dallas Cowboys, coming off a 10-6 loss in Tampa Bay in Miami.  Both teams are hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive.  In the case of the Cowboys, they will need to win at least 5 of their remaining 6 games to possibly win the putrid NFC East.  And they come in with confidence, as they get QB Tony Romo back for the game on Sunday.  The game is a 1:00 kickoff on Fox.


Let's take a look at the teams and see how the match up.


The Dolphins come in averaging 350.2 yards in total offense, which ranks 19th in the NFL.  The Dolphins are generating 247.2 yards per game via the pass, while generating 103.0 yards via the running game.  This comes in at 16th and 19th respectively in the NFL.  The Dolphins are scoring 21.2 points per game, which ranks 24th in the NFL.  They face a Dallas defense that comes into the game giving up 349.8 yards per game, which ranks 17th in the NFL in total defense.  The Cowboys are giving up 241.2 yards per game via the pass and 108.6 yards per game via the running game.  This ranks 14th and 15th respectively in the NFL.  The Cowboys are giving up 23.8 points per game, which ranks 19th in the NFL.


Miami will come into the game again without their starting ORT, Ju'Wuan James, who is still dealing with a toe injury.  This is not good news, as OT Jason Fox has had his issues filling in.  Dallas also get's starting ILB Sean Lee back.  Lee has missed the last 2 games due to a concussion suffered in the Seattle game.  QB Ryan Tannehill and the offense will need to have an efficient game this week.  I have been preaching this for weeks, and it has been proven that when the Dolphins have a solid, balanced run to pass ratio, they win most of the time.  RB Lamar Miller has come on in the passing game the last few weeks, but he along with rookie RB Jay Ajayi, who has looked good the last few weeks, need to be a big part of this game via the run game.  TE Jordan Cameron has been MIA the last few weeks, and that needs to change.  Get him involved in this game early.  TE Dion Sims will most likely be used to help Fox at ORT and in the run game, but he needs to see some opportunities in the passing game as well.  Spreading the ball to all the weapons this week would be a plus.  The OL will need to minimize the damage that DE Greg Hardy can potentially do.


Defensively, the Dolphins come into the game giving up 390.2 yards per game in total offense, which ranks 26th.  The Dolphins are giving up 254.7 yards via the pass, and are giving up 135.6 yards in the run game.  This ranks 20th and 31st in the NFL respectively.  The Dolphins are giving up 25.0 points per game, which ranks 21st in the NFL.  The face a Dallas offense that comes in generating 338.8 yards per game in total offense.  They are generating 219.8 yards per game via the pass, while generating 119.0 per game via the run game.  This ranks 26th and 9th in the NFL respectively.  The Cowboys are scoring 18.4 points per game, which ranks 29th.


This Dallas offense will have a much different look, as they get QB Tony Romo back.  The Cowboys have what is considered by many to have the best OL in the NFL, and they have weapons in WR Dez Bryant & Terrance Williams, TE Jason Whitten and RB Darren McFadden.  Miami will be tested this week, and they come into the game banged up somewhat.  The Dolphins will probably be without LB Jelani Jenkins and possibly Koa Misi as well.  That means rookie LB's Mike Hull and Neville Hewitt will need to step up and play well.  DT Ndamankung Suh has been a FORCE the last few weeks, and he will need to have a HUGE game on Sunday.  He will also need help from fellow DT Earl Mitchell, who will need to beat single blocking.  DE Olivier Vernon, MIA most of the 2015 season really needs to step up.  Miami does get a healthy CB Brent Grimes back, and he will be needed.  The young CB's for Miami, Tony Lippett and Bobby McCain played last week and played well, and they will be needed again this week.  I believe this is a game that the Dolphins will need to be aggressive and get to Romo and hit him, OFTEN.  Big test for the defense on Sunday.


The pundits believe the Cowboys will win this game Sunday.  That showing a lot of respect for Tony Romo and what he can do and not thinking Miami has enough to get the Cowboys in their own house.  Under Dan Campbell, this team has sort of been up and down.  2 resounding wins over the Titans and Texans followed by disappointing blowout losses at New England and at Buffalo before finally winning at Philadelphia last week.  The good Dolphins needs to show up to have a chance to get this game and keep playoff hopes alive.

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