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Defense has to resolve issues vs. Saints

NEW ORLEANS -- It won't all be about offense tonight when the Dolphins play the Saints. This game will put a spotlight on Miami's defense as well.

And the Dolphins D has issues it has to address and overcome if the good guys are going to win tonight.

The issues?

Injuries is one. As we speak the Dolphins are hopeful Cameron Wake can play against New Orleans -- at least on passing downs. The team will not know for certain about Wake until a couple of hours before game time as that's when trainers and doctors will put Wake through a pre-game workout to see if he's capable of holding up despite his sprained knee.

Do not be surprised if Derrick Shelby starts for the Dolphins regardless of whether Wake is active or not. If Wake is not active, Shelby might get 50-60 plays. If Wake is active, Shelby might get 30-35 snaps.

The Dolphins are also uncertain about the status of defensive tackle Paul Soliai. His chances of playing are much lower than Wake's. As of this weekend, Soliai had not been cleared to play. Once again, pregame will help determine Soliai's availability. I doubt he plays. But he wants to play.

The secondary will be challenged again today and perhaps more than they've been all season. Yes, Miami faced good quarterbacks in Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan earlier this season without cornerback Dimitri Patterson. Drew Brees is better. He's more accurate. He's more experienced.

And Miami has issues in matching up with New Orleans receivers -- particularly tight end Jimmy Graham -- while also being without Patterson for the third consecutive game.

This has to be a big game for Nolan Carroll, Jimmy Wilson and R.J. Stanford. You might wonder about the rookies -- Will Davis and Jamar Taylor. My opinion is they help on special teams but tonight is not the time to introduce them to NFL action.

 

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I have to root for my fantasy team to lose tonight because I have Brees and Sproles...but will be well worth it for a FINS WIN AND 4-0 !!!!!!!!!!

DC
If the defense can't stop the saints running game Brees will kill us on play action which he is the best at just like Manning...very important to make them one dimensional and sack hit pressure Brees remember brees has been sack 10 times already so we got a chance to create havoc against Bress stop bress we got a great chance to
Win...LETS GO GETT'EM BOYS!!!

I do have Wallace, Clay and Sturgis too so maybe Brees and Sproles have pedestrian numbers and Wallace, Clay and the iceman rookie blow it up!!

Also the offense need to run the freaking ball! If not T-HILL will get sack at least 5 to six times!

He is the live game blog going to be this buggy thing that makes one log in with FB or can we go back to the regular comments section????

I'm so jealous right now that mando's in NOLA to watch an awesome game and then partake in NOLA music

The defense will have to man up and keep Brees and the Saints offense in check. It's way too much to act like our offense can keep up with the Saints if our defense doesn't play like it's capable of doing. The front seven simply have to come through and get heavy pressure on Brees.

Did'nt Tampa keep the saints under 20 In the dome???

Don't keep up with Tampa Cuban but it's always been my belief that the best D against pass is with the line. End rush has it's place but often it's too late. D-line step up...Go Dolphins

Have you seen the play action fakes that PManning does into the line. An absolute magician. Freezes the LBs. Drew Brees is almost as good, but he has a pump fake reserved when he wants to open up a certain segment of the field. Hmm...

Never seen any QB go thru his reads so fast as Brees does. Except for Pat Devlin.

Oscar, one of the things I wanted Tannehill to do in the offseason was to learn pump fake. Manning is a master at it. If you look real close, you wonder how he brings the ball back down....I'm refering to the force he puts in it.

Maybe if a certain Herald reporter (wink, wink) will ask Philbin about pump fake.....

Bend but don't break. Force them to take risks and keep the game close enough for our new kicker to win it with a late 4th quarter drive and a 65 yard field goal with no time on the clock. Who dat den?

Cuban, I think maybe the Bucs game was in Tampa. Bucs front seven pretty stout as well. Gerald Mccoy is becoming a beast. They just need a QB.


I think our D will get better as the weeks go by. Two new linebackers is a big depending on who's calling the plays.

I remember it took about half a season for the our defense to come back around after Burnett replaced Crowder. That was the suck for Luck year.

I wonder if anybody's gonna try to fail for Manziel lol.

talking about the fins on PTI right now...no love and both pick the saints to win.
kornheiser says if the fins win he puts them in the same category as the chiefs....4-0 and still not impressed.

fu**ing loser!

Can't wait for this game!!!! So pumped right now!!

Just want a solid showing!!!

Kornheiser?? Fukc that guy!!!!!

exactly!!!!

"Fins' Jordan leads rising rookies."


That's the headline on Mel Kiper's story on the top 5 rising NFL rookies.

Not all the media is negative on the Fins. Just most of them.

this could be really fun tonight

can Dion Jordan cover jimmy graham?

Dolphins' best bet defensively is to exploit Saints' offensive line, which has been injury-prone and porous and very bad for a few weeks: watch for pressure over the right guard, if the Saints haven't fixed that yet, and very little push for runs between the tackles.

I'm impressed with Miami's offense the last few weeks: this one might come down to a test of defenses. New Orleans' defense is proving itself to be pretty good.

12th Man is a factor, too: the Dome is loud, and offensive adjustments can be difficult.

Between the Rays and Dolphins I could commit suicide tonight lol.

I Hope that Kornheiser and the rest of the gang keep picking against the Dolphins...including the Miami Herald sports writing staff. They do that and the Dolphins keep winning...whatever!

Bend don't break. Keep it within reach...or blow them out early!

Go Dolphins!

This game has a Super Bowl feel to it!!!

pats losing wilfork for season huge

We want no fukkking "solid showing" Tonight. We want to win the Game.

Of course I want win!!!!!

Craig!!! Where are you???? Post that the fins can't win tonight you jinx!!!!!

def need a win, pats 4-0 cant afford to fall behind them

We could care less what analysts say about us, bad or good. We are concentrating on winning Game by Game. We'll listen to them later on.

Why doesn't Armando just man up and declare the Saints 42-7 winners tonight?

wow solia and wake playing

No... Wake isn't playing its official, Soliai is playing how much not specified, i tell you guys right now no sacks no pressures no hits on Brees and he will slice us like cheese...hahahaha. We will see if that #3 overall draft pick was worth the pick its time to show your worth Dion or JI will look like a jack off like always.

HEY!! COME ON PHIN NATION!! YOU WANTING THIS TEAM TO GO INTO THE SUPERDOME AND BEAT OUT BREES, THAT S H I T IS HARD TO DO SO PREPARE YOUR SELVES THAT THEY MIGHT GET WHOOPED OR THEY CAN WIN, BUT ITS A DIFFICULT TO WIN ON THE ROAD IN NEW ORLEANS AGAINST A GREAT QB, PLUS THE DEFENSE IS SO FAR PRETTY GOOD... LETS ALL ROOT FOR OUR TEAM TO WIN
AND IF THEY LOSE THAN HOPEFULLY THEY LEARN SOMETHING AND GROW OUT OF IT IF THEY WIN THEY ALSO LEARN HOW TO WIN IN A BIG TIME GAME!!
ITS ALL GOOD NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. LETS GO DOLPHIN LETS GO LETS GO DOLPHINS LETS GO!

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