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Miller’s Week 8 NFL, Fins & Fantasy Blog

October 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Miami Dolphins (-7) at New England Patriots (45.5)
Sunday October 27, 2013 @ 1:00 PM EST -Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. (CBS TV)

When life gives you lemons…blame Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman. This may sound like an easy solution to a complex problem, especially when considering the myriad reasons for the Fins’ recent mishaps, but it can also be the diagnosis of the catalystic culprit behind why the Dolphins’ offense has regressed rather than progressed, as evidenced by the local’s last 2 losses. This week, the offense received an injection of hope which may spur some renewed confidence, despite the antics of a coach who may be primarily at fault for the team’s recent woes.

In Week 5, the Fins’ last game prior to its bye week, Miami was primed to tie the game with seconds left in the 4th Q, when inexplicably the OC called a 5-step drop-back for QB Tanny, rather than a rollout or quick short pass, to gain precious yards – or at worst – stay put for a 50-yard FG attempt. Instead Tannehill was sacked for a 7-yard loss, forcing a desperate attempt from 57 yards to tie – which of course failed. You would think the offensive brass would learn their lesson from such a scenario played out to a tragic ending. But no…history repeated itself last week as well. With just under 3 minutes remaining in the game, and this time the Fins clinging to a 1-point lead, Miami simply needed to either grind out a first down, or run down the clock with safe runs, and at worst, punt and pin the Bills deep with likely under a minute to go. Wouldn’t you know it, Sherman’s enigmatic philosophy of taking an ill-advised risk, reared its ugly head once again. This time, Sherman, while knowing that the weakest link in the offensive line is RT R.Clabo (who was matched up against multi-sack star Mario Williams) decided to have Tanny drop back LOOKING LEFT exposing his blind side to Clabo – who was predictably sacked by Williams, who forced a fumble, recovered by the Bills, leading to the Fins’ demise at the foot of ex-Miami Kicker, Dan Carpenter (poetic justice I suppose).

This past week, Miami said enough is enough and traded to obtain the Ravens’ reserve Tackle, Bryant Mckinnie, who is a former perennial Pro-Bowler and who is expected to start at LT, thereby moving Jonathan Martin to RT, a position with which he is familiar as a Pro. This move is designed to stabilize an otherwise dysfunctional offensive line, and allow the Fins’ QB to overcome even the most concerning of coaching miscalculations in crunch time. But it will take much more than an improved dual Tackle position to keep up with, let alone beat Brady and Co. in their backyard, where the Pats have won 13 in a row against AFC East opponents. But gone is NT Woolfork (Achilles tear), and the defense has been shaky at best, giving up 30 to the Jets in a loss last week. Miami, who averages just 78 yards on the ground, must be able to pound it with Lamar and D.Thomas. If CB A.Talib plays as expected, don’t expect the game plan to feature WR Wallace, but do expect both Hartline and Gibson (2 TDS last week) to be targeted ad nauseam. I’m not quite sure why TE D.Sims has not been getting his reps, but this game would be a good game to debut some plays against overmatched cover-LB’s. If not, then TE Clay and WR/KR Thigpen could get into the action via some exotic formation schemes. C’mon Sherman, prove me wrong and vindicate yourself for some boneheaded late-game gaffes. According to late reports, CB Talib is “unlikely” to play, which will open game for Wallace, so watch for deep shots to #11 throughout game.

Will DE Cam Wake be healthy? Will MLB Ellerbe be ready to play? We know CB D.Patterson is out, after returning last week and playing fairly effectively. So can Nolan Carrol do the job? Can LB Wheeler and either Safety R.Jones or Clemens cover All-World TE Gronkowski, who appears to be back and healthy again? But the biggest question of all is can the Fins’ pass-rush specialists, whether Cam plays or not, put enough pressure on formerly Terrific Tom to force a one-dimensional, predictable run-scheme which plays into the strength of the Fins’ D – its run stoppers; i.e., P.Soliai and R.Starks? WR’s Edelman and Thompkins will be more effective if a Safety is forced to bracket Gronk, but it really comes down to the pressure game and hurrying Brady. This is why we drafted Rookie and third-overall DE D.Jordan – for games such as these. He must come through, or else the next scapegoat (and an old one at that) will once again be that country, uh I mean, guy named Ireland.

Miami will put up a valiant fight, but the home venue, with Pats coming off a loss, and Gronk looking like his old self against an uncertain group of defenders may be too much for visiting mammals to overcome. Prediction: Patriots 23 Miami 17.

Week 8 NFL Winners (for Survivor / Suicide Pools)
SF, KC, DEN, NO, PHI, GB, SEA, PIT, ARZ, DET, CIN (Byes: Hou, Bal, Indy, SD)

Week 8 Fantasy Sleepers:
QB: Tannehill, Henne, Pryor, Palmer, Dalton
RB: Ridley, L.Miller, P.Thomas, McFadden, Quiz, Helu, GIO
WR: Edelman, Blackmon, Hartline, Gibson, Colston, E.Sanders, H.Douglass, Boykin, S.Rice, G.Tate
TE: Clay, Pettigrew, Celek, J.Reed, Chandler, Eifert
DF: SF, PHI, KC, NO, OAK, GB, CIN, SEA (not just sleepers)

That’s all for now.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eric Miller // Oct 27, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Late injury update: Miami defensive back Patterson is active will be covering Amendola. However defense of backs Taylor and Davis are out.

  • 2 Eric Miller // Oct 27, 2013 at 11:09 am

    That’s DBs Jamar Taylor and Will Davis are out

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