W2W4: Dolphins at Buccaneers

November, 11, 2013
11/11/13
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TAMPA -- Amid all the controversy, the Miami Dolphins (4-4) still have an important game to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8) on ESPN's “Monday Night Football.”

Here are three things to watch for from Miami's perspective:

1. Concentration is key: Focus has been a huge topic in Miami's locker room this week. The Richie Incognito suspension and claims of bullying and harassment toward Jonathan Martin have dominated the headlines and became a national story last week. Dolphins players and coaches were forced to answer tough question about this controversy and few about football. Were the Dolphins able to have a good week of preparation? We will find out when they take the field Monday night.

2. The replacement: The Dolphins' offensive line was much maligned even at full strength. Now, Miami must deal with losing starters at left guard and right tackle. Nate Garner will replace Incognito and Tyson Clabo will replace Martin in the starting lineup against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers are a bad team, but arguably their biggest strength is their defensive line. The winner of this matchup has a strong chance to win the game.

3. Defensive momentum: Miami's defense put together perhaps its most impressive performance of the season in an overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Halloween night. The Dolphins' defense scored a touchdown on a pick six-by cornerback Brent Grimes and a safety in overtime by Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake. Miami's defense must continue that momentum against the Buccaneers. The Dolphins face a Tampa offense with a rookie quarterback in Mike Glennon and its top running back (Doug Martin) out for the season. That should provide favorable matchups for Miami's defense

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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