What is the game plan for the Miami Dolphins following the embarrassing loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday night?
How does one team go from being a huge surprise in the NFL this season to being one left with questions following a 38-17 loss on the road.
The Ravens come into this game searching for answers, especially since they lost to the Bills and it appears the Super Bowl hangover might be a little more indepth than fans and the media might think.
Joe Flacco has been sacked 12 times this season, while the running game has not gotten off to the start it had hoped for. The offensive line has something to do with that, which led to the team trading for Jaguars left tackle, Eugene Monroe, this week.
The Dolphins' quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, is no stranger to pressure as well. He has been put on the ground 18 times so far this season, which leads the league. The Dolphins have a much maligned offensive line which must play better if the Ravens' front four is going to be stopped from reaching Tannehill and the Miami running game.
This is a must win for both franchises this early in the season. I think in the end, Baltimore has a little more than the Dolphins in the tank and wins, 27-23.
Here are three bold predictions for the game…
The line holds up
The Dolphins may be rethinking its choice of Dion Jordan over Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson in this year’s draft. The line has been awful and has been one of the reasons the team still remains a question mark in the early season. According to Richie Incognito, “if team gives up 72 sacks, ‘everybody should be fired.”
Look for the team to finally find a rhythm and keep Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata away from Tannehill.
Wallace, Tannehill become best friends
The one thing I keep waiting for a consistent repore between Ryan Tannehill and newly signed free agent Mike Wallace. Wallace has become one of the new diva receivers in the NFL and after one game spoke of his displeasure in the Miami offense.
Wallace looked exceptional in the team’s 24-20 win over the Colts, but has been a disappointment so far.
The Dolphins are hoping to see an improvement in the chemistry between Tannehill and wide receiver Mike Wallace, who is fourth on the team in receptions (15) and yards (176). A series of connections could mean a very long day for the Ravens' secondary. If the running game is stagnant, Wallace will catch 12 passes and two scores.
Ravens find their running lanes
Joe Flacco has been sacked 12 times, tied for the seventh-most, and he was dropped four times against the Bills while also throwing a career-high five interceptions. On top of that, the Ravens (2-2) are 28th in rushing with 64.0 yards per game and tied for last in the league with 2.6 yards per carry. The addition of Monroe gives the team a more stable front five and Ray Rice runs for 160 yards on the day.