And yes, I do think the Dolphins should be concerned about their corners behind Smith. The big games from opposing receivers haven't come from the AJ Greens or Fitz's, but from the opponents 2nd and 3rd best receivers. At no point did I say the Rams were going to put up 28 points and pass all over the Dolphins. But in a game that could be decided by 3-7 points (and Dan Carpenter as their kicker), I don't think examining the depth of the secondary is out of the questions.
Let me simplify it for you: I don't think the Rams will score many points. I think the Dolphins will score a few more. I think the worst thing the Rams having going for them is playing on the road (as opposed to facing Sean Smith). I don't think the Rams will stack 8 in the box to stop Bush, nor do I think Tannehill will pass for 400 yards. If the Rams are smart, they'll throw away from Smith. Obviously I hope enough to squeeze by, but I see why the experts pick the Fins here. Just don't see this blowout coming that everyone here seems to think is on it's way..
I think Miami is a considerably better team across all units, and Fisher is a very pedestrian 8-8 type of coach. He deserves credit for coaching up a bad roster to some extent but longer term it will be ironic that he hitched his wagon to Bradford who just isn't very good and has a very low ceiling to get any better. Not much talent there, and he will get absolutely abused Sunday.
However, in this game, the wildcards are a rookie quarterback and a bad kicker. So, the Rams could arguably stay within a couple of TD's of Miami if Miami makes some mistakes which is quite possible under these circumstances.
If Miami has a 3 turnover game, and misses a couple of field goals, then it could be a 17-13 Miami type of victory.
Gotta watch the cheap shots from the Rams. Guarantee there will be an "incident." That's Fisher's M.O.
Dolphins are at home and the Rams offense really doesn't match up well against Miami's defense with its #1 receiving threat out of the game.
The Rams are playing tough ball but there are a lot of indicators that favor Miami. Dolphins need to take care of business.
Dolphins always play Fisher teams well. And his current team is one of his worst
A couple nice pieces on defense, but with a poor D-line up the middle though, Miami should feast. Pouncey our center is playing at a Pro bowl level, miami's interior line is blocking the run well overall (especially against a subpar run defense like st louis)
The Rams pose the worst offense in the league without Amendola. You're ranked 30th on offense and you're 32nd without him. Dolphins pose the best Run D in the league, averaging just 2.7 YPC against. Not even Houston could run on us with just 83 yards on 35 carries, and that was on the road. Stephen jackson is old and not what he once was, you won't be able to get yards on us on the ground. Making your offense one dimensional, this is where miami will get some turnovers with the pressure on bradford and your poor receiving targets (have to say i liked Givens in the draft but that's hardly going to put the rams over the top).
Dolphins are heading into a BYE WEEK and will probably play very hard knowing they have some days off coming shortly. Jabar Gaffney will be active allowing Miami to run 3 and 4 WR sets extending the Rams defense attacking their 3rd and 4th CB's. Lamar Miller will be seeing more action (with D Thomas out) and he has been running the ball like Reggie Bush this year when he's in.
The Dolphins have been good at attacking linebackers in this west coast offense creating matchup advantages (though could be a little better making it perfect), and the LB play for the Rams is poor overall as a unit. The Rams are just horrible on the road, if it was in St Louis I'd worry a bit more as the Rams play much better there. Don't see the Dolphins losing at home this week to a Rams team after the way their last home game went, by really outplaying the Jets only to lose the way they did in OT.
Miami's headed into a bye week and they're home, will be ready to play bringing them to .500 and feeling good about themselves. The Rams are not a balanced team like the dolphins, they're not better than miami overall. and they are certainly not 2 games better than the dolphins, both teams will be 3-3 late Sunday afternoon.
Miami wins by 2 scores imo
Last edited by Pinkboy; 10-11-2012 at 06:23 PM.
Fisher is just an unimaginative guy with a sub-par qb playing against a tough, physical, albeit young team. With the added drama that the Rams may look to do some dirty tactics, but they are barking up the wrong tree on that one. Miami is a physical football team.