According to Michael Irvin and the NFL Network, the Miami Dolphins are not out of the playoff picture yet. The former Dallas Cowboys great and Miami Hurricanes superstar said on the pre game show before the Jaguars beat the Texans that he thought the Dolphins, who are 6-6 on the season, would find a way to get into the post season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 5-7 and one game behind the Dolphins in the playoff picture. The contest on Sunday is important for both teams, with the Steelers knowing if they fall, this would more than likely be the end of their season. The Steelers missed the playoffs last season as well under head coach Mike Tomlin.
While the Steelers allowed Mike Wallace to leave the organization and sign with the Dolphins, the team hit the jackpot with Antonio Brown, who has been everything this team has asked him to be this year. The Central Michigan star is in his fourth season in the league and leads the NFL with 85 catches for over 1,100 yards. Both receivers expect to play prominent roles in the their teams’ success on Sunday.
The Dolphins will have to game plan on offense to stop Lamarr Woodley, who was quoted on steelers.com as saying he will play on Sunday. The teams
starting left outside linebacker, will be back from a calf injury that had kept him sidelined for the previous three games.
Also hopeful to play this week is guard David DeCastro who will give a boost to the offensive live and the running game. According to steelers.com, “DeCastro (foot) progressed from did not participate to limited to full participation over the last three days, and he was listed as probable for Sunday.”
While both players have said they would be ready for the Sunday match up, nothing has been confirmed by the Steelers organization.
The team also announced that Mike Adams would get the start at right tackle on Sunday, marking the sixth different lineup combination this team has used this season. The Dolphins front four may be able to get through the line and apply pressure on Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.