Watch tonight's game between our rivals for the last playoff spot in the AFC. It's going to come down to one of these three teams making it, and two watching from home. And as the Chiefs and Broncos duke out a defensive gem, one thing is clear: Neither of these two teams can pass against a loaded box.
The game plan is simple if you want to beat KC or DEN- load up 8 in the box and make them pass. Their defenses are elite, and they may beat you ugly even if you stop their offense, but they will not score much if you dare them to throw.
San Francisco came in today and dared the Dolphins to throw. Ryan Tannehill put 31 on them. Which means that the Dolphins have something that so many teams don't: a player who can make a team pay if they try a one-dimensional scheme. None of the teams outside of the playoff chase have that. And at least two that are in the hunt would love to have Tannehill's arm strength and ability.
Tannehill may never be a pass-into-a-passing-defense type of quarterback. Or he may evolve into one. The jury is out. What he certainly is, is a player who can look at single coverage and go to work. For the Dolphins, if the O-line can get and stay healthy, that may be enough.
We struggled to run today. And we struggled to defend. And we came five yards away from potentially losing at home to a 1-10 team.
This is the NFL and any win is a good win, so long as the team learns and grows. That said, we won today with only one of our dimensions clicking. Having a passing game that can carry the team when necessary is something few NFL teams have: Ryan Tannehill is a blue chip asset.
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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Posted by Jay Lopez