Inside the Ravens-Dolphins Week 9 Matchup

Miami’s defense has been impessive on the road

I recenetly had a chance to send the good folks at Dolphins Gab a few questions about this weekend’s match-up. Site editor Brant Houghton was happy to oblige as he gives us his insights into his favorite team.

1) The Dolphins have had great success on the road 4-0 and yet have struggled at home 0-3. What do you see as some of the reasons why this has happened this season?
 
Mostly I view it as pure coincidence. I was asked this last week as well, and like last week I believe the Dolphins lossess at home and wins on the road are just a couple bounces the other way from being totally different outcomes. While I do not think that the Dolphins will end up winless at home, I do not believe that the Fins will remain undefeated on the road either for the whole season.
 
2) Randy Moss was picked up by the Titans this week, but from many accounts members of the Dolphins receiving corps were split about adding him. Brandon Marshall felt that the two could co-exists on the same team while Brian Hartline claimed that Moss wasn’t piece that Miami was missing. What are your thoughts about Randy Moss and should the Dolphins have put a claim in for the mercurial superstar?
 
I actually agreed with Marshall. This could have worked for the Dolphins for the remainder of the year. Miami is in need of a vertical threat, and it just so happens that Moss is still one of the best vertical threats in the game. It seemed like a match made in heaven for now, and that all the stars were aligning for the Dolphins to make the move to get Moss. I believe the Fins did not pull the trigger though because of Moss’ attitude problems. I truly believe that besides his attitude problems, Moss would have been a perfect fit on this team, and Sparano would have kept him in check for the rest of the season. Pretty much this is Moss’ audition for a new contract, and the fact that only one team put in a waiver team for Moss should give him a wake up call to quit the act and play ball. Would have been the perfect situation for the Dolphins, plus he would come in having a chip on his shoulder. I shook my head for minutes when I found out they did not make the move.
 
3) What is ONE matchup that you feel the Dolphins have an advantage and how might they be able to exploit it this Sunday?
 
I think the Dolphins pass protection is the one strength on this team right now. They have not given up a sack in the past three games, against the Packers, Steelers and the Bengals. I think our line can hold our own against the Ravens oncoming pressure, and this will be a major key in us even coming close in pulling out the win.
 
4) What player from the Ravens do you feel that the Dolphins should be most concerned about and why?
 
The one Raven that I am and always will be afraid of is Ray Lewis. He is the best middle linebacker in the game and only seems to get better year after year. He can drop back, lay the big hits, fire up his team to rally around him, and stuff the run all at the same time. He’s the kind of player I would love to have on my team, and it will be a pleasure watching him on Sunday, but I think what he can do as an all-around player is something that hinder what the Dolphins will try and do on offense on Sunday.
 
5) Finally, what is your prediction for Sunday’s game between the Dolphins and Ravens?
 
Honestly I think the Dolphins pull this one out. I do not know how they will do it, but somehow, someway they will pull off their regular away heroics and put themselves back into the playoff talk. This will be the game of the week in my eyes as both teams are physical and can both pass or run the ball to get the job done. The Dolphins defense has stepped up lately and I think if the Dolphins put up at least 20 points, Miami wins. They will manage to exceed that though, as the final will be 23-17, in favor of Miami.

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