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Dolphins Prepare for Monday Night Battle

Photo courtesy of Miami Dolphins official Facebook

Photo courtesy of Miami Dolphins official Facebook

Heading into the 5th Monday night football game of the regular season, we prepare to watch two undefeated teams battle in New Orleans.  After the Dolphins take down one of the NFC South’s powerhouse teams last weekend in the Falcons, the Dolphins now prepare to face off against another NFC South opponent, the Saints.

Heading into the 4th game of the season, the Dolphins have gained credibility for their undefeated record so far.  With only 6 undefeated teams remaining this season, including the Dolphins and Saints, one will not make it to week 5 with this accomplishment.

Keys for the game: 

  • Ryan Tannehill must get in an early rhythm.  As we saw last weekend against the Falcons, it took a few drives for the Dolphin’s offense to heat up.  Against a powerhouse passing attack with Drew Brees, it is vital that the Dolphins jump out to an early lead.
  • Get pressure on Drew Brees.  Drew Brees is one of the most crafty quarterbacks in the league when in the pocket, it will be interesting to see how the Dolphins approach the pass rush with Cameron Wake, and Paul Soliai stated as questionable for tonight’s game.
  • Contain Jimmy Graham.  Jimmy Graham has become the premier pass catching tight end in the NFL.  The Dolphins contain a newly revamped line backing core, which will be mostly responsible for this task of covering Graham.  Graham can also spread the field for the Saints, as they also have veteran receiver Marques Colston who is also a down field threat.  Containing these two play makers could make or break the Dolphin’s night.
  • Come through big in the 4th quarter.  Last weekend we saw a prime example of how Ryan Tannehill has progressed as a game winner, as he led a game winning drive down the field late in the 4th.  If the Dolphins can jump out to a 2 score lead heading into the 4th quarter, the Dolphins should be able to hold on to win over the Saints.
  • My prediction for tonight’s game: 27-21 Dolphins.

Here is the official injury report for tonight’s game:

Miami Dolphins 

OUT
CB Dimitri Patterson (groin) did not practice

QUESTIONABLE
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) was limited
LB Koa Misi (shoulder) was limited
DT Paul Soliai (knee) was limited
DE Cameron Wake (knee) was limited

PROBABLE
S Chris Clemons (hamstring/quad) practiced in full
LB Dannell Ellerbe (ribs) practiced in full
WR Brandon Gibson (knee) practiced in full
C Mike Pouncey (ankle) practiced in full
LB Philip Wheeler (thumb) practiced in full
S Jimmy Wilson (groin) practiced in full

New Orleans Saints 

OUT
DT Brodrick Bunkley (calf) did not practice
S Roman Harper (knee) did not practice

QUESTIONABLE
S Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle) was limited
CB Chris Carr (knee) was limited
G Jahri Evans (hamstring) was limited
RB Mark Ingram (toe) did not practice
G Tim Lelito (calf) was limited
DE Tom Johnson (hamstring) did not practice
WR Lance Moore (hand) did not practice
DE Tyrunn Walker (knee) was limited

PROBABLE
WR Marques Colston (foot) practiced in full
DE Glenn Foster (ankle) practiced in full
LB Junior Galette (hamstring) practiced in full
CB Jabari Greer (back) was limited
DE Akiem Hicks (knee) practiced in full
LB Curtis Lofton (knee) practiced in full
T Zach Strief (neck) practiced in full
LB Martez Wilson (elbow) practiced in full