Pats/ Fins Notes from the Phinsider - local Miami Dolphins Blog - three key match ups. Thoughts?
posted at 11/4/2009 10:44 AM EST
Live in Miami, here are the game challenges/opportunities as seen by the Miami side. The blogs word's not mine Dolphins running game vs Patriots front seven
It's become almost legendary now what the Dolphins did against the Patriots up in Foxborough last season in the first meeting between these two teams - unleashing the 'Wildcat' and running for 216 yards en route to a 25 point thrashing. But in their second meeting down in Miami, the Dolphins were unable to get anything going on the ground, 'Wildcat' or not. They ran for only 66 yards and averaged only 3.7 yards per carry as the Dolphins, who hung with the Patriots for two and a half quarters, just couldn't keep up with the Patriots and their high-scoring offense.
Randy Moss/Wes Welker vs Sean Smith/Vontae Davis/Nate Jones
Welcome to the NFL, rooks. Now go cover the best receiving duo in the game.
It's not going to be an easy task. We all know this. But if the Dolphins are to head up to New England and pull off the upset (a pretty big one, at that, seeing as the Dolphins are 10 point underdogs), then these two talented rookie corners are going to have to play their best games to date.
Chad Henne vs Bill Belichick
This isn't exactly an ideal matchup for a quarterback making just his 5th career start, is it? Making things more difficult is the fact that Bill Belichick has had an extra week to game plan for the young kid thanks to New England's bye week. Ouch.
Let's be real here. Belichick is probably going to go out of his way to draw up a variety of defensive looks to confuse Chad Henne. The Patriots don't exactly have outstanding cornerbacks. But they have talented, versatile safeties and one of the greatest minds in the game creating the game plan. That means I expect a number of exotic blitz packages and a variety of disguised coverages to test Henne. In what will be a loud and hostile environment, this is going to be a hell of a test for him.