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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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Hell, I didn't come here on no boat or raft. I came on a darned good plane, a Constellation, if I recall correctly.

Posted by: oscar canosa | November 16, 2013 at 05:45 PM

Then you were one of the lucky ones Oscar because many of your "brothers' had to risk life and limb to get here. However that was not the point of the post. Why don't you expand on what Castro and communism did to your beautiful people? A Castro that was supported by the likes of scum like Chomsky!

Bill Ansparger and FIRE ROSS is probably the same guy, debating with himself. I mean, in this medium, how can we be sure that is not so?

Oscar bet you medical degree Im not that dummy! BTW why are you constantly accusing others of being other people. I post under one name and one name only. Youre not a Doctor you probably clean the bathroom at McDonalds!!

I would prefer you post under your real name, Bill A. Like I do. Perhaps, then, we could communicate better.

Noam Chomsky exposed as a FRAUD



The darling of the Left Wing proves his position: Chomsky is just another in the unending line of coverup specialists who lures Left-leaning Truth Seekers with his seemingly intelligent articles and comments.

Mixing a little truth with lies is the specialty of the elite journalist Pied Pipers like Noam Chomsky who tirelessly work to confuse the public and keep the ultimate truth safely hidden from view.

That is my real name...but you are usng the real Dr Canosa's name. I called his office and the women stated Dr Canosa is not the same guy using his name on this blog!!

Dr. Oscar R. Canosa
1393 Sw 1st St Ste 411
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 649-6700

Others can call to expose this blogger as a fraud using a Doctors name...shame on you!

Greg William Arnsparger....my dad was a Ohio St fan when Arsparger was an assistant. So I got William as my middle name. Hence I am Bill Arnsparger. Not THE bill Arnsparger

Amusing, Bill Arnsparger, for a Child. You know this will not last long, Armando, don't you? We need some transparency on Internet also.

I agree I'm praying Armando makes everybody use a real name and email...this will get rid of imposters like you and all 20 of YG/Daytona's names

Where is FIRE ROSS? And my buddy, odin?

Came here to talk Dolphins football but all I got was a fool acting like a host on MSNBC and a fake acting like a Doctor. I should know better than to come here on a Saturday.

Where is the jackass that was talking about how all the players were faking injuries becuase they didn't want to play for this staff? Nimrod.

Yeah because making people use an email address and real name works so well on FB..right? they don't have fake people? It's too easy to get another email address and use an aka. That's never going to work..it's safety thing to have your true identity kept secret.

Why are there like half a dozen blowhards in here always thumping people on the head about their login name? And that its some sacrement that you never change it. And how much better they are because they never change it. And how terrible anyone who does, is?

Always arguing accountablility? Accountability on an anonymous football blog? Seriously? I'd much rather see people start taking accountability in their actual lives. A football blog? Time to disconnect.

Now someone will tell me how its a reflection of those who don't take accountablility in their lives. To which I would reply, the fault you see in others, is really the fault you have in your self.


Always arguing accountablility? Accountability on an anonymous football blog? Seriously? I'd much rather see people start taking accountability in their actual lives. A football blog? Time to disconnect.

Posted by: deity | November 16, 2013 at 06:24 PM

Good point Deity....I just want to weed out the internet "tough" guys that call everybody names and abuse. Im positive if you show up at there door they would run and hide under a bed. You know like all PUNKS do!

What are you so afraid of on using your real name on these Blogs. I'm not afraid to do so. You People have anything to hide? Your Boss reading you? What? Nothing has happened to me yet, and I confront Big Thugs over Internet everyday. Internet is the safest way to express yourself in developed Countries. Take careful note of the replies to this, Paul.

I my line of work I see these "punks" all day everyday. Do you know how many times I was told "if you didn't have that badge on" or "if I didn't have these cuffs on". I take them off and they cower in the corner. The mouthy ones are the punks.
We don't need the name calling and abusive temperament to get a point across. If your point is factual it will speak for itself.

Where is FIRE ROSS?!

Blowing Noam Chumsky?? Redistributing over peoples money somewhere?? Picking up her welfare check?

It just seems like you guys are in denial of the realites of the country we live in today. I don't leave my house unlocked either nor do I leave my keys in the car either anymore. I also walked everyday to kindergarten alone a few blocks from the house but wouldn't let me kids do it. Why do we change? Because of the realities of society.


Where is FIRE ROSS?!

Posted by: oscar canosa | November 16, 2013 at 06:34 PM

My fake Dr maybe she is Blowing Noam Chumsky?? Redistributing over peoples money somewhere?? Picking up her welfare check?

You is a Government Officer, Bill Arnsparger? Should have said that sooner.

It is a known fact on here Oscar that I am a PROUD First Responder


It just seems like you guys are in denial of the realites of the country we live in today. I don't leave my house unlocked either nor do I leave my keys in the car either anymore. I also walked everyday to kindergarten alone a few blocks from the house but wouldn't let me kids do it. Why do we change? Because of the realities of society.

Posted by: TruthhurTs | November 16, 2013 at 06:38 PM

Truthurts my belief is that children are safer today than at anytime in history. What has happened is that the mainstream media has played up any bad news in regards to children. We didn't have 24/7 news media when we were growing up. The press needs to report things that used to go unreported. Do you REALLY think if you let your kids walk to school they would disappear? Kids in NYC walk to school everyday do you know how many have disappeared of late?

You know something after Wells is finished investigating the dysfunctinal Dolphins(and all the jacks are in their boxes and clowns have gone to bed,he will head to washing-ton where that investigation should keep him occupied until he is as old as Ross or Reid or Mcconnal.

You know something after Wells is finished investigating the dysfunctinal Dolphins(and all the jacks are in their boxes and clowns have gone to bed,he will head to washing-ton where that investigation should keep him occupied until he is as old as Ross or Reid or Mcconnal.

I called for FIRE ROSS, Bill. Not you. Sorry.


I called for FIRE ROSS, Bill. Not you. Sorry.

Posted by: oscar canosa | November 16, 2013 at 06:46 PM

I know that my good FAKE Dr Canosa...I was telling you where she is at....she is either blowing Noam Chumsky, redistributing other people money or getting her welfare check!!

On that note Im calling it a night on here....after all it is Saturday and I have ALL of NYC as my playground!

Dr Canosa you have been accused of fraud on this blog by an alleged cop.what do you say FIRE ROSS went to get drunk so he can come back and post his disertation on this blog.

What language, Bill Arnsparger! Where on Earth did you learn that?

No hard feelings, Daytona. You know I like you as a Football person(I don't know you otherwise)

Mando make sure Ross knows that Polian has to be a part of the solution along with Dungy.
Building 2 Super Bowl 2 teams with different organizations is all anyone needs to care about.
Bills SB runs and Colts speak for itself.

I dont think I should continue posting to this "Miami Harold" comic strip because I dunno who actually exist with all the blogs about fraudulent posters.

Wow after reading these last several posts I see that many in here suffer from a severe psychological problem, its called MDA.

Miami Dolphin Anxiety

I hope we all get better soon.

Calling for Ross?? LOL..he's busy trolling else where under a different name.

Who's worse faibin and his staff or golden shower and his staff? Either way all are poor excuses for coaches!

Failbin

Ror any who are leaning toward bashing T-hill: Please check out post by Dolfan Rick @ 2:03 if you missed it.

Only thing I would add is linebackers who cannot tackle and play like their on vacation. (Wheeler and Ellerbe)

Replacing Burnett and Dansby with who we now have was and is a disaster.

Wow, nobody writing here since 7:19PM. Something must have struck Home.

I seriously doubt we can pull this one bc our OL is not just pathetic, it is non existent due to more injuries. It can get in fact really ugly. This will be a very telling game for the Phins. On paper we are the better team -except at QB- buy so we were vs the Bucs.

But a week taken away from distractionland maybe the Phins can erase all the mental unpreparedness and lapses they had Monday, and as Mando mentioned with SD flying across the country we should win.

So it is a telling game bc if these guys can not show up from the get go then we will officially run out of excuses for Philbin and co. Since we are -technically but who are we kidding- still in playoff contention I highly doubt unfortunately we'll see more of the rookies this team invested highly on.

Chargers 28 Phins 20.

Do not misunderstand Us, in regards to the Miami Dolphins and putting the best product on the Field. We are the same as you, perhaps We prefer a different approach, but that's no matter, the Intent is All the same.

The strange case of the Miami Dolphins is not over. Watch the unlikely 4 game winning streak.

Stubbornness is the quickest way to Ruin. Again.

Chargers by 2 TD tomorrow....Dolphins show no sign of coming out of the Martin/Incognito fiasco...lost to the winless Bucs last Monday; what makes ANY rational thinking human being believe they can pull off the W tomorrow? Tannehill will get pummeled, and so what if Moore comes in? He'll get pummeled, too!

oscar what up yo!

THE BEST OUTCOME TOMORROW

Is that the game is close and we can pull it out at the end.
That means a lot of drama in the game and on this blog.

Let's Go Hokies!

Those idiots lost today

Wow...if it weren't for Lebron James, this town would have a mass suicide after the game tomorrow night...sports in this town SUCK!!!!!

The U gettin' EXPOSED by David Cutcliffe today!!!

Good post, Mando on Dungy. I always thought Lovie Smith sucked, but you cite good credentials and record. I will have to check before I jump on your bandwagon, trust me. Having said all of that, Dungy could damn sure make more smarter moves than Fireland and would never make the asinine game-clock management decisions Philbin and the Shermanator do EVERY FU.KING WEEK! I repeat, EVERY FU.KING WEEK!
I am interested, give me more sell.....

Chime in, Odin. We think alike more than you probably know. I read a lot and don't post as much as I would like. I am in the field everyday and do all of my own admin. Sucks!

So PBP reports that Pouncey is questionable for tomorrow with an "illness." Thank goodness the Dolphins have as GM Jeff Ireland making decisions with "intelligence."

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