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Keys to the game: Dolphins vs. Chargers

I'm picking the Dolphins to beat the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Yes, I know. What am I thinking?

The Dolphins are in full freefall. There's a scandal. They're not responding on the field. They have injuries. A bad offensive line is worse. There are chemistry issues. And the home field advantage?

The fact of the matter is the Dolphins might get the smallest crowd of the season for this game. There might be fewer than 52,000 fans showing up for this one -- and a lot of those in attendance will be there to show their displeasure.

But I think the Chargers are flawed on offense (poor red zone offense) and defense (poor secondary and pas rush) and they did travel across country Friday evening to play the game. So I believe the Dolphins can pull one off.

Here are the keys to the game:

When the Dolphins pass the football: Remember when Mike Wallace said he was worried about not being in synch with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Remember he said it wasn’t yet time to panic but if the situation persisted past the eighth game of the season, then it was time to panic? It’s time to panic. Wallace and Tannehill are not getting it done together because the QB has been inconsistent with his deep passing. Sometimes the ball is underthrown. Sometimes, like last week, it’s thrown out of bounds. Tannehill has had no such problems throwing to Rishard Matthews, who last week was Miami’s leading receiver. The chemistry between Matthews and Tannehill has been curious because the receiver hardly got any snaps until a couple of weeks ago when Brandon Gibson was injured. This is great for Matthews, who is playing above expectations. But the Dolphins paid $60 million for Mike Wallace. And for several reasons they are not getting a good return on their investment. As to the Chargers DBs … Methinks they’d love to have Antonio Cromartie back as the Chargers are 28th in the league against the pass. ADVANTAGE: Miami (only because Chargers are so bad).

When the Dolphins run the football: The Dolphins were on a nice little roll, with consecutive 150-yard rushing performances against New England and Cincinnati and then they hit a wall against Tampa Bay. They gained two yards against the Bucs. Six feet. It was the worst performance running the ball by an offense since 2007. The Dolphins have an opportunity for redemption because the Chargers allow an average of 4.8 yards per rush. That’s No. 29 in the NFL. It stands to reason the Dolphins might be able to do some damage if only they do not abandon the run. Unfortunately for Miami, there have been multiple games this year when the team was solidly in the game and still offensive coordinator Mike Sherman went pass-happy to his team’s detriment. So anything is possible. ADVANTAGE: Even.

When the Chargers run the football: Former Dolphins first round pick Ronnie Brown returns to Sun Life as the Chargers change-of-pace back. He is playing behind Ryan Matthews who so far this season is staying away from the injuries that have derailed him much of his career. The Chargers run the ball as a set-up to the pass. They are not a great running team as their No. 19 rush yards per game average proves. The Dolphins were once a prideful rush defense. In 2011 under a different coaching staff, they were No. 3 in rush defense. Last year they were No. 13 in rush defense and this year they’re at No. 20. The Dolphins have given up more than 130 rushing yards in six of their nine games this season. ADVANTAGE: Even.

When the Chargers pass the football: Phillip Rivers is enjoying a renaissance this season. He’s averaging 328 pass yards per game on road this season, which is the second-best mark behind Peyton Manning’s 359.3. Rivers has completed 20-plus passes while completing at least 80 percent of passes in three games, tying for most such games in season in NFL history. Rivers has also feasted on Miami defenses in the past. Has passed for 300-plus yards in the past two games against Miami. He doesn’t have the same receivers as in the past but tight end Antonio Gates is healthy and having a fine season. The Dolphins are again licking wounds in the secondary, as cornerback Dimitri Patterson’s status for the game is questionable. ADVANTAGE: San Diego.

Special teams: The two teams trade edges in this category. The Chargers have a better field goal percentage and are better returning punts. The Dolphins are better on kickoff returns. The major difference is in the punting itself. Brandon Fields is among the league’s best and his work has the Dolphins rated No. 7 in the NFL in net punting. The Chargers are rated No. 17. In a game where field position could be a major factor, this area could be key. ADVANTAGE: Miami.

Coaching: Joe Philbin beat out Mike McCoy for the Dolphins head coach job in January 2012. Philbin has since failed to win more than he’s lost, is winless after byes, and his team often starts slow. McCoy is in his first season and is being credited for the resurrection of Phillip Rivers. Unfortunately the defense has regressed and the results so far aren’t any better than what Norv Turner had. This is clearly a match up of giants. ADVANTAGE: Even.

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oscar very easily, keep losing and the changes will be made and a much better draft and schedule awaits

oscar 7 hours entails everything, from car ride to card ride back. they joked, talked about family, ate a huge lunch,etc

I hate to Lose, dusty. Just not in me.

well i can tell , thats why u continue to lose every year cause u think being 7-9 is better than being 4-12

The Fish need to rule the understatus the stats that the talking heads dont talk about and the writing hands dont write about.Win these especially Red Zone Td scoring and even bullygate wouldve already been PASSe.
KC and their drunken fans dont realize that their Chiefs lead in takeaways and points off takeaways,what happens when they play a good team and they dont get the turnovers or the points off of the same.We will probably find out Sunday night when they face Denver and Manning.

go canesssssss

I can't understand ANY loss, dusty. Please try to understand me. If you can't do so, I understand you.

Hey Ape Tamer,

BaaLOW me. Eh?

In all endeavors of Humanity, there will be Some People above the Others. That needs to be accepted if there is any hope for self-contentment.

I hate losing period and can easily put all the blame on the coaches on the team for the play on the field. Rarely do players excel with this coaching and play calls. R. Matthews perfect example. Where has this guy been and what does he do this week. Can the defense tackle this week and rush the passer?

The probem was Incognito not Martin. Incognito's been booted off every team he's ever been on. He's a dispicable human being.

Lmao @ the traveling across the country b.s. being an issue that decides football games. Right, because nothing exhausts a human like a six hour flight and a whopping three hour time difference. Why it takes days to recover.

The person who throws that nonsense around is an idiot.

Just repeating b.s. they've heard.

TannePuke will be booed off the field just like Henne was.

Well I was on the suck for Luck bandwagon when we started 0-8 but I can't quite give up when we're 4-5 even as bad as it looks.

It doesn't necessarily mean we're homers or unrealistic, I've seen stranger things happen although it never seems to happen with the Fins.

There is the remote possibility that we get a spark and the team starts to gel. That maybe Philbin and staff do actually know what they're doing and Ireland continues to grow and adapt to what he's learned from past mistakes.

There's a very, very, very slim chance of that but it is possible.

Ross is a horrible owner.

Please explain why Ross is a horrible owner? He doesn't get involved in player acquisition, scheme or play calling? He opens the check book to bring in talent, Wants to improve the stadium for us and most of wants to win. What more do you want??

Dr Canosa what about the mental capability of Philbin that uses an index card to address the media.Or the stubborness of Sherman that caused the release of Bush and its looks like DejaVu for Wallace.

Didn't realize Duke is 7-2. Wow not a gimme for the Canes.

Boo Tannereach !!!

This liberal crap of hating the rich is ridiculous. Im not rich. I work for a living I aspire to be rich. Too liberals that is a crime.
Stephen Ross was not born wealthy. He went to school and became an atty. He borrowed $10k from his mom to start his business and today he is worth $4.4 billion. I am not jealous of his success...I ant to learn how he did it so I have a shot.
50% of this country has been ruined by the liberal mindset of govt handouts. These people just sit back and expect everything handed to them. Poor people huh. We have the richest poor people in the world. Nike on their feet, flat screen TV's in the living room and a car in the driveway! You want to see poor people for real just look at South America, Central America, Asia or Africa.

Arnsparger you're an idiot.

Stick to football moron.

You're quoting right wing propaganda.

You will never be rich, in knowledge or financial wealth.

The wealthy have a sense of entitlement that dwarfs the lower classes.

Stadium roof anyone ?

Aspiring to be wealthy is not admirable, aspiring to make a valuable contribution to society is admirable, so is aspiring to be educated.

Tannehill needs to go to med school a.s.a.p.

Throwing a football for a living and leading a circus is not a valuable contribution.

Btw ,to conservatives, having an erection is a crime.

Kindly stfu now, thanx.

Why if one has brand name shoes, transportation, and an idiot box so they can be bombarded with the type of propaganda that this Arnsparger idiot just parroted...all is well.

This is above paragraph and the post from Arnsparger idiot are just a sample of the many justifiable reasons why Americans are laughed at around the world.

...and people wonder why the Vietnamese were willing to die while opposing western ideas.

If only they had NFL Sunday Ticket and a BBQ.

Then they'd be happier.

Name calling, degradation and lies does not win a debate....you lose as soon as you open your mouth!

You said "aspiring to make a valuable contribution to society is admirable" Im curious what is your contribution to society? Ross have donated more money to charity than you could ever make in 5 lifetimes.
As for my contribution. Everyday I go to work to save lives I make a contribution. Not to mention 9-11.

So why don't you and your hatred go climb back into that slimy lil hole you came out of??

Brand name shoes made in China btw.

Name calling, degradation and lies does not win a debate....you lose as soon as you open your mouth!

Sad that's all you got? Perfect example of the results of a liberal education!

Its not your fault your have been brainwashed in public schools and Universities in this country. Then you turn to the media and get even more indoctrination form the liberal media....tsk tsk tsk.

The poor of the world are dying to come here to be poor. That's a fact.

Ross has waited too long to buy this sinking ship that Huizinga sold him.I think he is too old for this sh*t but hes a businessman so unless he gets a great offer well above what he forked over to Huizinga he aint sellin.
NFL franchises are like owning a license to print money,if the franchise dosent make too much of an operating profit after ten years the appreciation will more than make up for it.
Huizinga really cashed in on this part of owning a franchise but Ross is very old and he is a relatively new owner.

Well VT jut lost to Maryland so the Canes have control of their own destiny. It would be a good time for them to figure out how to play defense.

I did more than respond with ad hominems.

Read my posts again.

While one person is getting richer another person is getting poorer.

Aspiring to be wealthy is not admirable.

...and Ross got rich through bogus means. The idea that one piece of land is worth more than another is ambiguous. Like god, currency, debt, precious metals and stones. Property is a man made idea. Ross is not an inventor, an engineer. He created nothing. His entire generation as well as the one which followed (The Baby Boomers) had life handed to them in the booming post world war two economy. Why do you think the U.S. fought WWII...freedom lol ? Getting rich was relatively easy during his era. Buying and selling property, a stock, a company (Mitt Romney). In a sense, these people are free loaders just the same. Respect the person and what they do, not their wealth.

Next, Arnsparger will quote more right wing nonsense and claim that hard work makes a winner.

Tell that to the single mom who works two jobs and only brings in 18k per year.

Greed is the number one problem facing mankind.

Conservatism fuels that fire.

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | November 16, 2013 at 04:12 PM

That diatribe was spoken as a true communist....your comrades must be proud. I am so happy my hard earned tax dollars were wasted on your indoctrination...oops....education.

Maybe you should ask some of the Cuban brothers on here about how wonderful communism/socialism is?? They risked there lives on leaky rafts and boats to come here for our freedoms.

Best part about the USA is that you can leave anytime you want and you wouldn't be missed as you make no contribution whatsoever to the country! You have been exposed. Im done with you...no more replies from me!

yadda, yadda, yadda, Mando you named the four best reasons why the Dolphins will not win. Tanne-fumble-fingers, OL, DL substitutions( to many all pros sitting the bench during crunch time), No running game, and not enough passing game. Wallace played the right hand hash mark the entire Tampa game, there is no mixing it up. Sherman and Uncle Joe are not smart enough to switch WRs, or sprint out Tannehill. They just refuse to mix period. Tannehills snap count gave away the pass game,,,go,go,go snap, and the DE is all over Tanne. Are they sleep walking?
Well, Rivers is my fantasy QB averaging 44 pts a game and that aint shabby, Rivers is gonna carve the Dolphin secondary like a thanks given day turkey. Sunday evening Ill have more important things to do, like watch the Saw Grass 400. Watch some real athletes.

Blaming the liberal educational system lmao.

Do you have a single original thought or are you just an echo chamber for right wing propaganda ?

My critical thinking skills are well exercised.

I use the internet to do my own research and I always consider the source of the information and whether or not they have an agenda.

You sir, are a parrot.

I may as well put on WIOD to hear the nonsensical drivel you've posted.

Tell me where I got my information from ?

Multiple sources who exhibit different ideologies.

Labels don't work on me, stupid.

Try again.

Blaming the talk radio system lmao.

Do you have a single original thought or are you just an echo chamber for left wing propaganda ?

My critical thinking skills are well exercised.

I use the internet to do my own research and I always consider the source of the information and whether or not they have an agenda.

You sir, are a parrot.

I may as well put on MSNBC to hear the nonsensical drivel you've posted.

Tell me where I got my information from ?

Multiple sources who exhibit different ideologies.

Labels don't work on me, stupid.

Try again.

See I change a few words on your post and it works for me too. Shame, shame, shame all those good tax dollars wasted on your indoctrination!!

Arnsparger, you couldn't hope to have a debate with me.

With what little I've posted, if you tried to process the information your head would be spinning.

Unable to comprehend.

Huh ?

Lets get back to football duh.

Support the troops...dunce.

My only hatred is for ignorance.

Yours.

No matter how Ross acquired his wealth he is too old to run the slowly sinking ship that the Dolphins have been since Wayne(the garbageman)Huizinga owned them.

Typical liberal...name calling, lying, condescending tone, hate filled diatribes. I pity the poor liberals. History has proven time and again there system fails...but they keep holding hands and singing coumbya. I say lets just look at Detroit, Chicago and LA for starters......all liberal managed cities!

Dolphins need to win tomorrow and all the divisional games (4 left). With 9-7 record and tie breake advantage against SD and NYJ we are in playoffs.

I hope they do it.

Come on Philbin, make it happen!!



Arnsparger, you couldn't hope to have a debate with me.

NO I CANNOT, YOU'RE CORRECT. ITS NOT FAIR TO YOU.

With what little I've posted, if you tried to process the information your head would be spinning.

YES FROM ALL THE LIES.

Unable to comprehend.

ITS HARD TO COMPREHEND ANY PROPAGANDA

Huh ?

Lets get back to football duh.

Support the troops...dunce.

THANK THEM FOR YOU BEING ABLE TO POST THIS GARBAGE.

My only hatred is for ignorance.

YOU HATE YOURSELF? DON'T WORRY KID EVERYBODY GETS A TROPHY IN YOUR WORLD!!

Yours.

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | November 16, 2013 at 04:32 PM

Sad I feel sorry for all the indoctrinated people. They just cannot think or rationalize for themselves.

I only have to read a few words of your posts and it's obvious that you're an idiotic Fox viewer/Glenn Beck type. Lmao, you're worthless.

Your argument against me won't work unless I'm a liberal, and an extremist one at that.

This is the textbook approach of a brainwashed right wing media shill.

Everything you've posted you've heard before, probably even posted while attempting to debate someone else.

Zero individuality because you're just repeating things you've heard (did you say brainwashed ?).

You're predictable and boring as much as you are disturbing.

Throw your t.v. set out the window, it's a cancer.

I'm not a liberal, I hate many liberal ideas.

Deprogram yourself and try a new approach.

Mr Salguero is recomending Ross hire Dungy as an executive to oversee the Dolphins,Do you actually think old man Ross would complete such a bold move,I doubt it.
BTW I posted a comment on here instead of under the article because whoever decides what is posted on that part of the website seems to be partial especially when Mr Cote posts his recipes.


I only have to read a few words of your posts and it's obvious that you're an idiotic MAINSTREAM MEDIA viewer/CHRIS MATTHEWS type. Lmao, you're worthless.

Your argument against me won't work unless I'm a REPUBLICAN, and an extremist one at that.

This is the textbook approach of a brainwashed LEFT wing media shill.

Everything you've posted you've heard before, probably even posted while attempting to debate someone else.

Zero individuality because you're just repeating things you've heard (did you say brainwashed ?).

You're predictable and boring as much as you are disturbing.

Throw your t.v. set out the window, it's a cancer.

I'm not a REPUBLICAN, I hate many REPUBLICAN ideas.

Deprogram yourself and try a new approach.

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | November 16, 2013 at 04:46 PM

I can do his all night long....it exposes your indoctrination. Just change a few words and viola!!

Typical liberal/socialist/progressive...name calling, lying, condescending tone, hate filled diatribes.
I pity the poor liberals. History has proven time and again there system fails...but they keep holding hands and singing coumbya.
I say lets just look at Detroit, Chicago and LA for starters......all liberal managed failures! Then we can look at Greece, Spain, Portugal they too have failed.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste....maybe I should expound on the capitalist countries and cities that are doing great?? Nah its just not fair!

Ross is a cheap SOB that doesnt care about winning and/or just doesnt know how to. Keeping Ireland through 5 consecutive losing seasons shows he's in a coma. Remember he tried to hire a new HC before firing the old one? MORONIC!

Don't hate the messenger....you should have done some research and not allowed your teachers, professors and mainstream media to brainwash y'all.
There is no excuse with the internet and other sources to get facts from. Stop listening to Bagdad Bob for your facts!


Ross is a cheap SOB that doesnt care about winning and/or just doesnt know how to. Keeping Ireland through 5 consecutive losing seasons shows he's in a coma. Remember he tried to hire a new HC before firing the old one? MORONIC!

Posted by: FIRE IRELAND JAIL INCOGNITO | November 16, 2013 at 05:02 PM

Explain why Ross is cheap? Open checkbook in FA 2013??

Eight percent of what I've posted came from original thoughts.

I haven't had a subscription to cable/satellite in five years, I find tuning out the nonstop barrage of propaganda (mostly consumer propaganda) to be exhausting.

When I did have a subscription I never watched MSNBC, I watched Fox for the entertainment value. I even agreed with Bill O'Reilly's P.O.V. at times.

I gather information from both sides and draw my own conclusions. I don't support any extreme with any issue. Save for quickly executing certain people instead of incarcerating them. Which is an extremist conservative's p.o.v..

You are repeating the same ideas that I've heard from Fox, Beck, Limbaugh, Savage, Levin and the people I've communicated with who tune in to the right wing media etc...

You're a parrot.

The fact that you think liberals hate the wealthy is proof.

The fact that you're quick to label people as communists etc...

Blaming the liberal educational system.

The liberal media.

Where'd you get these ideas ?

The right wing media.

You lose.


The notion that you must take sides either Republican or Democrat is funny like the way it all works in Washington now.Those that believe this think this is a football game and you have to root for one side or the other.Ideas have no prejudice but the battle that is ongoing between two political parties is comical much so that the Tea party decided to go their own way.
I dont believe one party is better than the other but I do believe some ideas are better than others.If the fathers of this country see how what they envisioned has evolved they would be back to the drawing board.
This all was written years ago when the world was a different place.What if I told you you had to be cured using the remedies that were used in the 1700s,I think you would think I was nuts.


Eight percent of what I've posted came from original thoughts.

I HAVE had a subscription to cable/satellite in five years, I find tuning out the nonstop barrage of propaganda (mostly consumer propaganda) to be exhausting.

When I did have a subscription I ALWAYS watched MSNBC, I watched Fox for the entertainment value. I NEVER agreed with Bill O'Reilly's P.O.V. at ALL.

I gather information from both sides and draw my own conclusions. I don't support any extreme with any issue. Save for quickly executing certain people instead of incarcerating them. Which is an extremist conservative's p.o.v..

You are repeating the same ideas that I've heard from MSNBC, MATTHEWS, COLMBS, SHARPTON, ODONNELL and the people I've communicated with who tune in to the LEFT wing media etc...

You're a parrot.

The fact that you think REPUBLICANS hate the POOR is proof.

The fact that you're quick to label people as RIGHT WINGERS etc...

Blaming the RIGHT WING system.

The FOX NEWS/RADIO media.

Where'd you get these ideas ?

The LEFT wing media.

You lose.


Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | November 16, 2013 at 05:05 PM

This is fun!! Sorry football people I couldn't resist this is like taking candy form a baby...oops I mean redistributing the candy!

Posted by: NEW SCREENNAME | November 16, 2013 at 05:10 PM

FINALLY SOME SANITY!! I think both extremes suck.

I should thank the troops for my ability to post on the internet ?

Are people not allowed to post on the internet in Madagascar ?

More right wing brainwashing and nonsense.

I suppose Ho Chi Minh had an interest in rewriting The Constitution.

Tell me did I get this idea from Chis Matthews ?

Point to the ideas in any of my posts that I've received from the left wing media ?

I've proven your brainwashing by pointing out what you've repeated and their sources.

You can switch my words around all you want to suit yourself.

Yours is childish, "I could say the same about you so there.' Sticks tongue out.

Show some evidence that I'm repeating ideas that I've heard from the sources you've claimed.

I did this with you.

Again you lose.

Armed Forces propaganda is promoted by both sides, but considerably more so from the right.

Like the love for guns it's the rights way to reel in lower class suckers to vote for policies which benefit the wealthy.

That's an original thought doucheb@g.

I did my own research and drew these conclusions.

The only person from the left that I parrot is Noam Chomsky.

...and I always give him credit.


Would the above post have come from MSNBC or any other liberal media source.


Ummm no, it could hardly be considered politically correct.

Fact remains that socialism/progressivism has failed everywhere it has been...look at the big cities and Europe. I'm a Capitalist PIG and proud of it!!
You get an education and work hard then you excel. Those that cannot need a hand up not a hand out.
Give a man a fish he eats for one day...Teach a man to fish and he eats forever! Simple fact.


The only person from the left that I parrot is Noam Chomsky.

...and I always give him credit.


Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | November 16, 2013 at 05:24 PM

Ahhh yes the great American Patriot...Noam Chomsky. In my youth in gatherings in Washington Sq Park in NYC I was listening to his drivel....remarkable all these years later he still hasn't grown up and realized his way has failed. Poor old man hanging on to his lifes work as failed as his politics are.....and YES you are a PARROT of his failed politics. Hows that for original thought?

Explain why Ross is cheap?

Posted by: Bill Arnsparger | November 16, 2013 at 05:04 PM

Lowest payroll in the league, cheapest GM and HC he could find, wouldnt pay Jake Long, Reggie Bush, or Vontae Leach fairly.... WOULDNT EVEN FIX HIS OWN STADIUM!!

Get the fire Golden banners ready. Horrible!


Explain why Ross is cheap?

Posted by: Bill Arnsparger | November 16, 2013 at 05:04 PM

Lowest payroll in the league, cheapest GM and HC he could find, wouldnt pay Jake Long, Reggie Bush, or Vontae Leach fairly.... WOULDNT EVEN FIX HIS OWN STADIUM!!

Posted by: Ross Blowz | November 16, 2013 at 05:35 PM

Ross is not involved in player personnel decisions so can the Bush, Long and Leach argument. The GM was chosen by the guy that Ross paid many millions to. Parcells and the HC was chosen by his GM. As for the Stadium. The Stadium "he owns" generates more Tax revenue in 1 game then you will in your lifetime!! Why shouldn't the State or City LEND him the money. It was a loan not a gift.....are facts hard for some of you to digest. Or is it that they get in the way of your erroneous post?

Lots of excuses for Ross's cheapness. TOO FUNNY!

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