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Live blogging Dolphins vs. Saints at 4:15 p.m.

As I just got done saying on my radio show for the last two hours, today's game is a defining one for the Dolphins.

Notice I did not say it is a must-win. It is not that.

But it is one that will tell us exactly what we have in these Dolphins. It will tell us if this team can successfully compete with the elite teams in the NFL -- which, in turn, will tell us how legitimate a playoff contender Miami is.

Or it will tell us that the Dolphins are what they have been the first five weeks of this NFL season -- a good team that can hang with elite teams, but cannot actually beat elite teams.

The 2-3 Dolphins are a on a two-game win streak and that's great. They are undefeated in the AFC East and that's great. And they hung with Indy and Atlanta earlier in the season. But ...

The teams Miami beat are a combined 5-7. At some point the Dolphins have to beat a really good team to convince everyone, including themselves, they are a legitimate playoff contender.

And what better time than today? The Dolphins are coming off a bye so they've had extra time to prepare. They're at home. They're playing a team that had an emotional game last week and has difficult division games the next two weeks after this one.

So the time is now. Today we find out about these Dolphins.

Today defines the Dolphins.

Join me in the comments section for the first quarter of the live blog.

Come strong so you can show the New Orleans trolls, whodatbeattheSaints.

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easy with the "too easy" comments. It's the 1st Q

keep it up full throttle the whole game.

We need our D to keep the pressure on this is the first time all year the saints have trailed!!!

I stand correct, JT did sure enough tip that pass so Wilson was within his right to hit the receiver.

RICKYYYYYYYYYY BABY YES!!!!!

FINS UP

ahhhhh yeahhhh. its on biatches!!!!!!

And god spoke and said. Let's dolphins fans be repaid for their suffering!

The D came to play JT is playing great so far

Perspective: yes :-)

Thanks for the Jets update Mando? Was it a leg or neck? You know? I missed it...

That's big D right there boys. Big D. Like we've said all week: BRING IT!!

to quote Mandich: ALL RIGHT MIAMI!!!!

Game plan is coming true

Touchdown Baby!!!

Have you noticed JTs pressure on Brees has got him frustrated. Wait till Wake gets rotated in. Yeah Baby!!!!

Amen Steve

They scurred!!!!!!

Wayne: leg

our special teams coach needs to go

Of course, ST's kill us again

Dolphins special teams screwing the Dolphins. Again.

But nice play by Davis.

you gotta be fing kidding me

F'n special teams!!! F!!!!!! As if their offense isn't good enough!!!!!

What's the flag

god that is awful special teams

Special teams suck

God dam special teams!

special teams suck

thanks special teams

Yes push them back!!!!

It is quite clear the Dolphins have scoped out the New Orleans screen passes.

/sigh

Was that Reggie roby's kid?

ughhhhh @ that kick return . started to look like the hurricanes game yesterday

bad omen with st's

Special team killing us again

get a 3rd down stop
Lets go Miami D.. Your playing amazing!

JT thinks it's 2002 again. He's outta his mind! Great play so far

is there any way i can watch this game online?

i'm in the UK and LOVE the Fins!

Sack

Our special teams us aweful. Every week same crap.

Safety blitz gets to Brees.

Nice sack on 3rd and 13 Starks

Called it

D is playing inspired!!!

where has this defense been all year?

wjere has thos d been all year? hell yeah

Regardless of whether the Saints get the FG, that series is a HUGE win for the Dolphins D.

Looks like the D came to play

The defense is playing like they're possessed.

I love it!!!

Can't give them points!!! Defense is looking good!!!

Shoulda been 7. I'll Give em the FG

Vontae davis saved us from a TD!!!!

Where had this agressive defensive monster been all my life?!?!

hey props to the defense. Nice to see them stepping up. What a huge shoestring tackle that was on special teams.

Where did defense come from, you can tell they were tried hearing how good the saints offense was, lol

http://www.justin.tv/nobodysports_extra

how was that an impressive Kick return????? The dude only got touched by one guy and he still didnt score a TD??? Just awful special teams... new missing patrick cobbs was gonna hurt..

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