After years of turmoil and controversy the Miami Dolphins seem to have turned the corner in their pursuit of becoming relevant in the AFC East once again. They have already knocked off the number one team in the league right now in the New England Patriots in week one. The Dolphins hit a slight bump in the weeks two thru three but have rebounded to win their last three ball games. They should have won their matchup at home against the Packers which would have made it four games that they have won.
Their most recent victory was against the highly talented San Diego Chargers in which they won 37-0. At the end of that matchup everyone including myself was impressed by the way that the Dolphins had contained Phillip Rivers and the rest of the Chargers offense. It’s unclear if Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will play in this Sunday’s matchup against the Dolphins however their defense will still have their hands full with another explosive wide out in Golden Tate.
Tate has torched the Saints and Falcons secondary for an average of 150 yards a game. The Dolphins must not give up the big plays that the Lions are capable of pulling off in the last minutes of ball games. Their opponent the Detroit Lions are in first place in the NFC North right now. In order to keep that lead they will be looking to neutralize Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins running game which ranks fourth in the league right now.
It would be a huge boost for the Lions offense if they can get running back Reggie Bush going in this matchup, they will need all the help that they can get if they want to increase their chances of defeating the Dolphins. Bush has not been a factor in the Lions offense since returning from that injury he suffered at the beginning of the season.
My prediction for this matchup is that it will be a physical one in which the Lions will have to come from behind once again in the fourth quarter to win this crucial week 10 matchup. As for the Dolphins they must win this game if they want to keep up with the red hot New England Patriots. In the following weeks the Dolphins face two dangerous ball clubs in the Buffalo Bills and the Denver Broncos. There’s no time to get comfortable.
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