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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Hope and Concern: Miami Dolphins

By James Walker

Week 1 is in the books, and the Miami Dolphins fell to 0-1 after losing to the Houston Texans. The Dolphins will attempt to avoid a 0-2 start with Sunday’s home game against Oakland Raiders.

Here is one reason to be hopeful and one to be concerned about the Dolphins in Week 2:

Reason for hope: Logistics

The Dolphins have a lot of logistics in their favor. First, the Raiders have to make one of the longest trips in the NFL -- cross-country from Oakland to Miami -- this weekend. Second, the Raiders are coming off a short week after playing Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. You would be surprised how much logistics play a factor in the NFL. Long road trips and lack of preparation and recovery time can make teams look a notch or two worse than they are. Sunday’s game could be a perfect logistical storm in favor of the Dolphins, who have to take advantage of playing at home.

Reason for concern: Offense

We’ve been saying it all summer. Miami’s offense doesn’t have enough playmakers to score consistently in the NFL. You kind of feel bad for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, because he has promise but no one to throw to. Tannehill threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in his regular-season debut last week against Houston. The Dolphins’ offense needs to score more than 10 points and reduce turnovers to beat Oakland. Miami tailback Reggie Bush was a lone bright spot. The Dolphins need to get him the ball in the open field as much as possible.