The Philadelphia Eagles (4-8) are heading down to Miami to take on the red-hot Dolphins (4-8) in a week 14 clash. The Eagles are coming off an ugly loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week, but will be returning this week with Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin, and Nnamdi Asomugha in the starting lineup. Miami is coming into this game riding a late season surge, that has carried the team on a 4-1 streak, in an attempt to finish the season at .500.
Here are five keys to a Philadelphia win over Miami:
5. Don’t Let Brandon Marshall Get Hot
Miami made a trade a few seasons ago for Pro-Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall, but since going to the Dolphins he has been pretty quiet. However, Marshall can go beast mode, (much like Marshawn Lynch), and can shred a defense when he get rolling in games. The Eagles secondary, which will have Nnamdi Asomugha back, should be able to contain Marshall to an extent, but he is still an elite receiving threat in the NFL.
Matt Moore has developed great chemistry with Marshall, and they can bury a defense down field when they are on the same page. If Juan Castillo was smart, he would put Asomugha in man against Marshall for all four quarters.
4. Philly’s Defensive Line Must Get Pressure
The Dolphins have one of the strongest offensive lines in the NFL, and defensive lines can get dominated by them. Philadelphia also has elite talent across their defensive line, and it should be a really fun matchup to watch in the trenches. Trent Cole and Jason Babin will have to get off the line quick, and Cullen Jenkins will have to lock down the middle, and hopefully that will disrupt the Dolphins offensive chemistry.
Babin and Cole alone can cause havoc for an offense, and despite a good bounce-back season for Miami’s quarterback Matt Moore, I can’t see him staying upright all game against the Eagles defense.
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