The Dolphins still have something to prove this coming week against the Saints on Monday night.
A suspect offensive line when it comes to run blocking, a big hole on the defensive line with the injury to Cameron Wake and the task of covering the speedy receivers of the Saints offense, plus a tight end that is out of this world makes it a huge game for Miami, who has jumped out of the gate at 3-0.
The news on Wake, who was injured on Sunday against the Falcons, according to the sun-sentinel.com, “sources say a series of tests Wake underwent on Monday revealed a "mild" medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee. The injury won't require surgery but will likely keep him on the sidelines a few days. However, Wake is optimistic he'll be able to play through some of the knee pain, if the trainers allow it.”
Wake is a huge part of this team’s success early in the season. Even if he returns this week, his play may be limited. That may be a very large hole that cannot be filled.
The Saints, who are alive and well and complete now that Sean Payton is running the offense and Rob Ryan revamping the defense. And if anyone hasn’t noticed, this guy named Drew Brees is still pretty good.
Two 3-0 teams are going to clash in New Orleans, and yes someone is going to lose. Here are three bold predictions for this mega clash on Monday night.
60 points on the board
I think this is one of those games where the running attack for both teams will be stymied by the defenses and the arm of Drew Brees and Ryan Tannehill may be more exciting than the Saints/Falcons matchup in week one.
I predict the Saints win.
If you are going strictly based on experience and depth, then this game is won by New Orleans well before it is even played. If not, then Tannehill may surprise you a bit. Before it is all said and done, this could easily be a 34-31 game either way.
Mark Ingram runs through the Super Dome
While he has asked to be traded, it could be a big night for the Saints running back.
Ingram must show the versatility he had in the preseason and stop whining about his lack of playing time. The Saints could use his power and size to run around the edge to move the chains. If so, New Orleans will control the clock and move the chains. Ingram gets 120 yards and a score.
Hello, Mr. Jordan
With the injury to Wake and the chance for a big game on Monday night, the Saints do well to contain everyone but Dion Jordan.
The defensive end from Oregon looks like AJ Duhe out there (a blast from the past for you 1980s Dolphins fans), has 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks in the game. His speed and agility gives Brees nightmares in the passing game.