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Dolphins to run on the Vikings? Bet on it

To run the football ... or to not run the football. That is the question facing every team that plays the Minnesota Vikings. That is the question facing the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The Vikings pride themselves, among other things, on being one of the NFL's best run-stopping defenses. They were No. 2 against the run in 2009 and folks in Minnesota were upset about because they were No. 1 against the run in 2008.

And in 2007.

And in 2006.

No. 1 against the run.

The Vikes boast the Burly Wall of Kevin Williams and Pat Williams inside and have an athletic set of linebackers. Perhaps that is the reason the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints basically decided not to try running the ball against the Vikings in the NFL season-opener -- at least not in the first half.

The Saints decided it was best to soften up the Vikings in the first half by throwing 21 times and running just three times. It wasn't until the second half when the Vikings were seemingly expecting the pass that New Orleans began to run. The Saints finished with 36 passes and 25 runs.

The Dolphins, however, aren't that type of team.

They are a run-first team. If you have any doubt about that consider that offensive coordinator Dan Henning said this week his dream would be to never pass the football.

"You want the honest-to-God's truth?" he said to me. "I'd like to line up and run the ball every down and get in the end zone on every drive. We'd go to the Super Bowl and we'd win. Without ever throwing!"

He added, "of course it doesn't happen that way," but that is what he'd love to do.

So what do the run-first Dolphins do when they run headlong into the best run-stopping team in the NFL the last four seasons?

I spoke to one offensive player this week who told me the answer is simple. The Dolphins will run.

"They're a physical defense. We're a physical offense," the player told me. "Let's see who is more physical. We're going to do what we do."

This should not come as a surprise. Last year the Dolphins faced a couple of Top 10 run-stopping teams -- the Jets and Steelers. And they tried to run the football. The results were mixed.

In the first meeting with New York, Miami rushed 36 times for 151 yards and a 4.2 yard per carry average. In the second meeting, the Jets obviously adjusted. Miami rushed 23 times for 52 yards and a 2.3 yard average. The Jets were the No. 8 rush defense in 2009.

The Dolphins rushed 25 times for 99 yards against the Steelers for a 4.0 average per rush. The Steelers were the No. 3 defense against the run in 2009.

I recognized this is a new year. The Dolphins have two new guards and Joe Berger is settling in at center. I recognize Ronnie Brown is healthy. I recognize Ricky Williams is a year older. Miami also has a star wide receiver option outside in Brandon Marshall that it didn't have a year ago. So yes, the dynamics have changed.

But has the philosophy changed in Miami? Are the Dolphins going to abandon running the ball just because Minnesota is perhaps the NFL's best run defense?

Um, I wouldn't count on that.


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damn, soiled......

Dear Mr, Soiled ,

WITH this last post of Dexter ,you r BACK on top .

Derek , i change my prediction ;

miami 7
vikins 0

vikes win 27-17

vikes 34-0

Some random thoughts on the churning of the bottom of the roster...

A couple of weeks ago:

Will Allen: IR
Charles Grant: Terminated
Marques Douglas: Terminated
Cory Procter: Terminated

Picked up/awarded:

Clifton Geathers: Waived, now on PS
Robert Rose: Waived
Jermey Parnell: On roster
Joe Reitz: Waived

Cory Proctor re-signed

Both Geathers and Rose are DEs. I believe I'd rather have Grant and Douglas. Especially now that Odrick is out for a couple/few weeks.

They did sign Carpenter, McQuistan, and Walden. Not sure how those signing relate to Grant/Douglas as far as roster space. If I were coach/GM (thankfully I am not, as I wouldn't want to be that fat) I'd drop someone like Parnell and pick up Grant (1st choice) or Douglas.

There's a lot of hope out there in Finland that the Vikes will be one big purple splat on the astroturf by 4 p.m. with Favre at the bottom of the purplish ooze. Reality is that the Fins are much improved team (which is evident, at least, on D - Mr. Henne is key on O and I haven't seen it yet) but the Vikes are a championship caliber team. It will be a difficult task. But not impossible: questions surround Favre and the Vikes don't have their #1 WR. This makes them vulnerable. They don't have Vincent Jackson in the fold (yet). (Speaking of VJ - wouldn't it be nice if Ireland somehow could pull that off?)

Fins: Rock their world, Baby!

roster changes every week arent good for anyone

Dear Mr. Aloco


We work hard here at SoiledBottom enterprize.
All our posts are made by Americans for Americans

You won't find any posts made from 3rd countries like some posters here like to do.

Soiled :)

Soiled - you are one funny dude. Thanks for the constant laughs.

Mr SOILED ...your writing is a thing to be desired .

predictions: Phins will be Forced to throw because of vikes rushD. Bess is gonna be great but he must becareful going through the middle. BMarshall must show us why hes the Beast! Our D will make us very proud today. Fins find away

Fins Win... 23-17!

we will miss camarillo badly today

The Dolphins have a great chance to win today.I didn't see anything from the Vikes first game to admit that they're going to crush us like the media says.This is a different season and you can't have the mentality that just because the Vikes almost went to the SB last year means they are going to dominate this year.Just look at the Jets.Miami wins a close one 23-16
Everyone says you can't run on the Vikes but Ricky n Ronnie will show them something today.

jets? they lost one game to probaly the best team in the afc by one point beerndrums. vikes played very tough at defending sb champs last week. had extra days off. hate to say it but this one could get ugly. we will need a couple turnovers to have a shot


I AM SORRY ,i am cleaning my lab top

we forgive u aloco. only cuz its cuz its gameday.

So Miami Fans...

Here are your final predictions... They will be posted again tomorrow with the actual stats. I give myself that much time sice I will be in no shape for numbers very soon...

Good luck!!

Miami 20
Minn. 13

2 int’s for Brett
1 int by Vontae Davis for pick 6
1 TD Marshall
2 Field Goals

Posted by: Eric | September 17, 2010 at 09:37 AM

Miami 17
Minn. 14 in OT

Posted by: Waterboy | September 17, 2010 at 09:52 AM

Miami 27
Minn. 20

Posted by: DC Dolfan | September 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Miami 24
Minn. 13

Henne 320 yards

Posted by: enrique1085 | September 17, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Miami 20
Minn. 17

7 Catches/ 80 YDS/ 1 TD for Marshall

Posted by: Andy NJ | September 17, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Miami 27
Minn. 17

286 Yards for Henne/ 2 TD's/ 1 Int/ 3 sacks

Posted by: Derek4Dolphins | September 17, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Miami 27
Minn. 21

Marshall 11 catches /98 yards/ 2 TDs
Bess 9 catches/ 74 yards
Fasano 5 catches/ 57 yards/ 1 TD
Defensively 4 Sacks/ 2 INT's/ and a fumble recovery

Posted by: bootang25 | September 17, 2010 at 01:25 PM

Miami By 10…

Posted by: kris | September 17, 2010 at 01:47 PM

Miami 34
Minn. 20

Henne 25-38-308yds/ 2td/ 2int/ 1sack
R&R 85yds/ 2td
Fasano 4 catches/ 55yds/ 1td
B-Marsh 8 catches/ 90yds/ 1td
bess 10 catches
Hartline 1 catch/ (benched next week)
Moore 3 catches
2 field goals
Defense gives up 20pts
245yds ………….Against
3 sacks
1 int
A. Peterson ……. 65yds
Posted by: alex | September 17, 2010 at 01:51 PM

Miami 20
Minn 17

Posted by: ncfinfan70 | September 17, 2010 at 02:12 PM

Miami 9
Minn. 31
Posted by: test | September 17, 2010 at 02:23 PM

Miami 20
Minn. 14

FARVE 15-42/ 72 YDS/ 3 INT/ 5 SAC
A.Peterson 26 carry’s / 36YDS

Posted by: TRICKY | September 17, 2010 at 03:14 PM

Miami 23
Minn. 27

Posted by: superPHIN | September 17, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Miami 17
Minn. 27

Posted by: Mike | September 18, 2010 at 12:39 AM

Miami 24
Minn. 17

Posted by: cowkilla | September 18, 2010 at 01:14 AM

Miami 20
Minn. 14

Posted by: kyphinfan | September 18, 2010 at 06:45 PM

Miami 16
Minn. 14

Posted by: bobbyd12 | September 18, 2010 at 06:49 PM

Miami 31
Minn. 17

Henne- 24-37 / 315yds / 2td / 0 int
Marshall 7rec / 110yds / 1 td
Hartline 6rec / 65 yds
Bess 9rec / 55 yds
Brown 13carries / 75yds / 1 rush td
Williams 8carries / 40yds / 1rec for 26yds / 1 td

Misi 1 sack
Wake 2-3 sacks
Davis 1int / 3 pass def
Dansby 1int / 11 tackles

Posted by: jamesc | September 18, 2010 at 02:20 AM

Miami 31
Minn. 13

Posted by: montreal dolphin fan | September 18, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Miami 27
Minn. 17
Posted by: Utdolfan | September 18, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Miami 6… now its, um… 7
Minn. 0

Posted by: ALoco | September 18, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Miami 30
Minn. 10

Posted by: Dolphins4Life73 | September 18, 2010 at 04:42 PM

Miami 16
Minn. 34

Posted by: horacedjones | September 18, 2010 at 05:32 PM

Miami 3
Minn. 48

Henne 3ints / 1fumble
Posted by: Jet Fan | September 18, 2010 at 06:07 PM

Miami 0
Minn. 35

Posted by: pickled peppers | September 18, 2010 at 06:12 PM

Miami 28
Minn. 17

Posted by: BLACKCEROTE | September 18, 2010 at 06:47 PM

Miami 16
Minn. 13

Posted by: rek2659 | September 18, 2010 at 06:49 PM

Miami 10
Minn… 28

This is Cuban Menace’s Friend (Whom Cuban thinks is an idiot) Prediction!
Posted by: Cuban Menace | September 18, 2010 at 08:24 PM

Miami 31
Minn. 20

Marshall 2 TDs

Posted by: Home | September 18, 2010 at 08:30 PM

Miami 17
Minn. 27

Posted by: bill_cnnrs@yahoo.com | September 18, 2010 at 09:25 PM

Miami 17
Minn. 13

Cobbs 1TD
Fasano 1TD

Posted by: beastmode | September 18, 2010 at 09:49 PM

Miami 24
Minn. 16

Posted by: emilio | September 19, 2010 at 01:59 AM

Miami 20
Minn. 16

Ronnie Brown 14carries / 52yrds
Bong Pipe (R.W) 16carries / 87yrds / 1 td
Polite 3carries / 5yrds
Marlon Moore 1carry/catch / 12 yds
Chad Henne 18-27 - 205 yds / 3 carries 13 yds / 1td / 1int
B-Marsh 8 catches / 80 yrds
D-Bess 5catches / 45yrds
Hartline 1catch / 16yds
Fasano 2grabs / 8yds
Moore 1catch / 40 yd td (nice!)
Hilliard 2grabs / 16yds

Posted by: Darryl Dunphy | September 19, 2010 at 12:53 AM

Miami 27
Minn. 20

Posted by: SoiledBottom | September 19, 2010 at 08:36 AM

Miami 0
Minn. 34

Posted by: er56823 | September 19, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Miami 23
Minn. 17

Posted by: finatic | September 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Go Miami!!!

Miami 23
Minn. 16

Posted by: beerndrums | September 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM

hope u bias fans are right, but i honestly dont think any of u actually think we will win

By the way, no one is giving props to Sean Smith fornbreaking up the last pass of the game intended for Shiancoe. He played his man really well. Check it out below:


So glad to see that our Achilles heal from the past, our secondary, is now the strength of our defense. Sure looked like it today!

I've just been watching a young French singer Alizee and a young Canadian girl Aselin Debison both whose looks and singing make Lily Allen and Cheryl Cole look like a couple of seaside slappers at a free Karaoke night in a workman's club. These two talentless brits clearly need to get it into their heads that, apart from being female, they are devoid of talent when seen from the real world of music. If they both retired permanently, the music world would be a better place.


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