Written by Gary Ramey
Thursday, 11 December 2008
If so, get off!!! The old bus has to be upgraded and then re-painted with the record of 11-5. It is increasingly looking as though the only team going to playoffs from the AFC East is the division winner. Right now, you’d have to give the inside track to the Jets, then Dolphins because each team controls their own destiny. The only back door for Miami is if Baltimore loses 2. This isn’t out of the question because Baltimore’s remaining opponents are Pittsburgh, @Dallas and then back home to face Jacksonville but it isn’t looking good. Baltimore is playing very well right now on both sides of the ball. So from division doormat to division winner it must be.
Many of you snickered when I started up the 10-6 bus. Some, whose names have been changed to protect the guilty, even went so far as to ridicule the prediction by starting the 15-1 bus. I think it was right after the loss to the Texans where I parked the bus with disgust. At 2-4, things weren’t looking good for the bus’s future. As the wins mounted, my enthusiasm returned and again, I’m driving the bus. My initial prediction was based on mostly hope and luck with just a dash of looking back into the past. When Miami selected Richmond Webb at LT they instantly improved in the win column. I was hoping the rumors about Jake Long were true and they’ve turned out to be just that. He’s been stellar in his rookie campaign. I also took into account Pennington. I hated Pennington with the Jets. I just hated the guy. He would throw the football to a spot on the field and it would take forever to get there. Then out of nowhere it hits his receiver in stride for another first down. It was horrible to watch back then. Now I love the guy. He throws the most catchable ball Miami has had since a young Dan Marino stepped onto the field. Sometimes when he lofts that ball across the middle my heart stands still. The football just seems to hang forever in the air column. It then gently glides over a leaping linebacker and into the hands of a Miami Receiver downfield. It is like watching Michael Paint the chapel ceiling one stroke at a time. Pennington has so far painted a masterpiece in Miami. It will be interesting to see how far they can go this year. They have two winnable games and a date with the Jets. It is a game that will certainly enter into the annals of Jets-Dolphins lore, if both teams can manage to go into the game unbeaten in their next 2.
Tale of the tape:
|Total Offense||22||Total Offense||10|
|Passing Offense||14||Passing Offense ||8|
|Rushing Offense||25||Rushing Offense||12|
|Total Defense||19||Total Defense||13|
|Run Defense||14||Run Defense||11|
|Pass Defense||25||Pass Defense||21|
|KOR Average||10||KOR Average||32|
|PR Average||10||PR Average||18|
|KO Coverage||14||KO Coverage||31|
|PR Coverage||15||PR Coverage||31|
The 9’ers have been tough as of late, beating both Buffalo and the Jets in back to back weeks. They’re playing well under Singletary and Miami is going to have their hands full on Sunday. Miami might catch a break if Frank Gore can’t go and he didn’t practice on Wednesday. DeShaun Foster is his very capable backup. Foster is a bruising back that doesn’t go down easy but he’s no comparison to a healthy Gore. Nate Clements, a familiar foe, had a pin removed from his hand and is listed as probable. It’s unclear why some of the other guys missed their practice yesterday.
This game is a must win for Miami and it would be nice to see them get a little first quarter breathing room for a change. I like the winning, but I’m not sure I like the chest pains in the 4th.