Both teams are coming off of lopsided loses. Both teams are 5-5. Both teams need to victory to keep themselves in the playoff hunt. Home team is 4-1 at home, road team is 4-1 on the road. This game could be ugly as both offenses showed nothing last week, but won’t be on TV locally so unless you are there, will you really know what happened? Let’s preview how the Raiders can stop the Dolphins….
Attack QB x
Whether it is Chad Henne or Tyler Thigpen, the Raiders must send pressure at both of these QB’s. They are prone to make mistakes. The Raiders can not just rely on the front 4 putting pressure, give Nnamdi Brandon Marshall and send pressure from all other angles.
Keep Ricky and Ronnie Quiet
No, I’m not talking about the band New Edition, I’m talking about the running back tandem that the Dolphins have decided not to unleash this year. The only thing that has kept them quiet this is year is the Dolphins coaching. If the coaching wakes up and let’s them loose, the Raiders must slow them down early.
Get Creative on Offense
The Raiders can not just line up and say let’s run it down their throat or say let’s have Campbell take 7 step drops and throw the ball. The Dolphins have statistically a Top 10 defense, both against the rush and the pass. The Raiders must be creative in their approach, start a possession in the Wildcat, try a reverse, look for a drag pattern that gives your speedsters a step to create space, put DMC in space. Otherwise, the Dolphins will send blitzes all game.
Let Jacoby be Special
The Dolphins special teams have been horrible. Give the speedster opportunities in the special teams to use his speed to break one during the game. It could be a momentum shifter that the Raiders need this week (and my fantasy team too!)
I’ll be part of the Nation this weekend watching the game live, and fully expect this to be a boring game. The Dolphins best 11 players are when they run the Wildcat, but are hesitant to use it. The Raiders continue to struggle against the blitz, and I expect the Dolphins to bring the heat. These teams are even on paper and on the field, and a Raiders victory will mean that they are learning to win versus finding ways to lose.
Raiders 17 Dolphins 7