Both the Dolphins and Raiders are AFC teams that are headed nowhere fast in 2007, but that is not stopping some interesting storylines from popping up for Sunday’s showdown in Miami. The most interesting storyline to come out Wednesday is brash Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter putting the hammer down and making a promise that the 0-3 Dolphins will come out on the winning side against the 1-2 Raiders. “We’re forced into a situation [where] our backs are against the wall,” Porter said. This is a must win for us. Write it how you want to write it. We will win on Sunday.”
Porter might want to be a bit careful when saying such remarks, as he is not in Pittsburgh anymore where he had a solid core of talent around him to back such things up. Now he’s in Miami, where the Dolphins appear to be in for a long season with an aging defense and an offense that has struggled trying to get things going in the early part of 2007. The other storyline is Daunte Culpepper, the one-time Dolphin QB who was let go instead of being able to have a shot to compete for the starting job this season.
Culpepper now wears silver and black, and it looks as if with Josh McCown hurt, that Culpepper will get his first start as a Raider, which is something he is chomping at the bit to do. “Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to play healthy in front of the people down there in Miami,” Culpepper stated Wednesday. “But other than that I feel like now I get a chance to show them who I am healthy.”
So the storyline is set for two teams that have combined to win one game this season. Will Porter back up his words? Or will Culpepper have the last laugh against this former team? It’s at least something to keep an eye on in this otherwise lackluster matchup between two of the weaker teams in the AFC.