South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)
Fivethings theMiamiDolphins (7-4) need to do to secure a victoryat homeagainst the Cincinnati Ben gals (2-8-1):
Whether it’s Brandon Allen, who started last Sunday’s loss to theGiants, or Ryan Finley, who completed 3 of 10 passes and threwan interception in Cincinnati’s loss toWashington, the Bengals will havean inexperienced quarterback under center. The best approach against green quarterbacks is to show them one look before the snap and then change it up post-snap.
Continue to feed playmakers
Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick has a knack for getting DeVante Parker andMikeGesicki involved early and often when he starts, andMiami’s offense looks significantly different when those two are catching passes andmaking plays. RookieTuaTagovailoa has acknowledged that he needs to develop better chemistry withMiami’s leading receiver and flex tight end, and the onlyway to do that is by continuing towork together and getting into a groove.
Don’t letGreen dominate game
A.J. Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, is tied for fourth on the teamin targets but failed to connect with Allen in last Sunday’s loss to theGiants. The veteran receiver has been held without a catch on three occasions this season, which is surprising given his pedigree and playmaking ability. Butwe could be looking at a spotlight game forGreen, whowill likely becomean unrestricted free agent nextoffseason and could be auditioning himself for a possible suitor.
Averagemore than4yards per carry
The Dolphins’running game has struggled most of the season, averaging a leaguelow3.6 yards per carry. But Miami will need the running gamein its push to qualify for the playoffs, and in the postseason if it takes part. The onlyway for the teamto improve its rushing attack is to stay committed to it.
Keepquarterback comfortable in the pocket
The Dolphins haveallowed 10 sacks the past twoweeks, which is nearly twice asmany as any offense can manage. This will likely beMiami’s second gamewith Jesse Davis playing right guard and rookie Robert Hunt playing right tackle, so the hope is that duo will havesettledin a bit more than what they showed against the Jets.