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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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He's a rookie!!!


D is possessed

Our D is possessed!!!!!

Wow Wake is quick!

Wake is a beast

cameron wake should be in there a lot

tony mcdaniel at 6-8 gets the lock at the line of scrimmage. great strategy.

lol wake got around that tackle so fast......... brees almost pissed himself

We're dreaming right?

two punt returns 14 yds each for Bess.

I am shocked how good the rush and the secondary is playing f
Keep it up Miami

Brees only downfall to short

The formula. Run well, pressure Brees, check!

glad i started ricky today

Wake is the man, Jason Taylor replacment for the next few great years

If the D keeps it up this game will be a blowout guys.

good strategy putting giant defense lineman against the dwarf brees

Anyone tweeting the play by play?

Need another TD here! Put the Aints AWAY!!!

we are dreaming

Seriously - we look like a freaking college team the way we are effectively running the ball! I love it! NO has no answer, nor has anyone else for the wildcat and our incredible offensive line. GO FINS - this is a statement game - win, and we got to be considered a major threat.

Clock killer

Our o-line is so physical

Go vertical

lets run the ball keep the aints off the field and score td's

Elite backs ladies and gents

the R&R express is rolling!

Lets go Fins

Now they can gash them with the long pass.

Scary tackle on Ronnie

time for the play action.....

Wow speed

Clock killa!

There's that speed on Ginny!!! Made something out of nothing..

Ginny is fast. Like to see some cross routes with this guy


help I can't see don't stop with the play by play

I wasn't sure about Grove when he was signed............I now believe he was the missing link.

Ted "Out of Bounds" Ginn...WTF!

Miami Ground Machine is in full effect!

lets run ricky right now.


ginn has to get that 1st down...

when was the last time anyone saw Ginn head upfield for a first down instead of heading the sideline?

Hate to be critical but ginn could have had more on that.

How about a pass from the cat?

Ginn was thinking about it

i like that reverse call to ginn......should run it more often....playaction is going to be there too


Ginn needs to head back inside to try and get that first down.

3rd down kings

Pa to ginn for 6, DO IT!!!!!!!!!


Polite fixes it. First DOWN!

polite is automatic on 3rd and short

Cooooow Miami!!!!!!! Go!!!

when ginn ran that reverse against the jets and he took it inside when the outside was open. go figure


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