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Dolphins offense must stay with or ahead of Saints

NEW ORLEANS -- I asked Ryan Tannehill if he feels the Dolphins offense has to produce more points than usual tonight against the Saints based on the fact that team's offense can score a lot of points, particularly at home.

“I don’t think so, it goes game by game, obviously if they’re scoring a lot of points during the game, we’re going to have to pick up our offense and put a lot of points on the board," Tannehill said. "It’s not something where we go into the game and say, ‘Hey we have to score x amount of points to win this game’, we obviously want to score as much as we can every game, but it depends game by game. If the situation calls for it, then you’re going to have to score a lot of points."

Scoring a lot of points is something the Miami offense has been troubled doing in recent years. But as I wrote in my column today, this year's offense is enjoying a renaissance the likes of which has not been seen since Dan Marino was in the huddle and Don Shula was roaming the sideline.

As you'll read, Miami's offensive production is already Super Bowl good (read the column for the details) and is likely to get better, according to the players.

By the way, am I the only one that enjoys seeing interesting offense?

Let's face it, the Dolphins got a lot of fans used to bigtime offensive production in the 1980s through the mid 1990s. It was about scoring 45 points even in losses. It was about 400-yard passing games. It was about never really being out of a game (remember the fake spike game)?

The Miami offense still has much work to do. The running game. The protection of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Consistent production out of the tight ends. All of those need to get better.

But the Dolphins are clearly on to something so far this year.