Miami Dolphins: W2W4

W2W4: Dolphins at Patriots

October, 26, 2013
The Miami Dolphins (3-3), who are on a three-game losing streak, will travel to face the first-place New England Patriots (5-2) in a big game for both teams.

Here are three things to watch from the Dolphins’ perspective:

1.Where is Miami’s confidence? It wasn’t long ago when the Dolphins were riding high after a fast, 3-0 start. But much of that swagger and confidence has been lost after dropping three straight games. The Dolphins are suddenly a struggling football team desperate seeking a win, and Gillette Stadium is one of the hardest venues to pull the upset. Miami hasn’t won in Foxborough since 2008. Most of New England’s wins against Miami at Gillette Stadium haven’t been close. We will know right away if the Dolphins are confident in themselves based on the competitiveness in the first half. Miami has the talent to make it a close game, but lack of confidence could also lead to a blowout defeat.

2. Tannehill’s turnovers: For the first time all year, Miami second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill is facing some heat. He got off to a fast start but is starting to hit a wall. Tannehill has seven turnovers in the past three games and his completion percentage has dropped to 51.9 in the past two games. Tannehill has been sacked 26 times already, and perhaps it’s starting to take a toll. He showed up on the injury report with a right (throwing) shoulder injury. The Dolphins need Tannehill to get back on his game and be sharp, mentally and physically, for a chance to upset New England and future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.

3. Road warriors: For some odd reason, the Dolphins have been a better team on the road (2-1) this year than at home (1-2). Miami is hoping that trend sticks on Sunday in Foxborough. The Dolphins already have two quality road wins against the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. Miami’s only road loss was to the New Orleans Saints on “Monday Night Football.” The Dolphins didn’t play well in last year’s visit to Foxborough, losing to the Patriots 28-0.

W2W4: Dolphins at Colts

September, 14, 2013

The Miami Dolphins (1-0) will battle the Indianapolis Colts (1-0) in a battle of undefeated teams Sunday. Both pulled out competitive victories in Week 1 and aim to stay on track.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Here are three things to watch from Miami's perspective:

1. Dolphins' rushing attack: Miami's running game was in hibernation in Week 1. The Dolphins rushed for 20 yards on 23 carries in a win over the Cleveland Browns. Miami’s coaches and players were embarrassed by that performance. Neither Lamar Miller or Daniel Thomas ran well, and the offensive line failed to get any push. Miami is ranked last in the NFL in rushing. But fortunately for the Dolphins, the Colts are 31st so far in stopping the run. There a chance Miami can get its running back on track in Week 2.

2. Testing Luck: On paper, Miami's defensive line has a favorable matchup against Indianapolis' offensive line. The Dolphins registered six sacks in Week 1, and getting to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on Sunday will be a big key to victory. Indianapolis allowed four sacks last week in a win over the Oakland Raiders. That caught the attention of Colts owner Jim Irsay, who called out his team’s pass protection on Twitter this week. Miami’s pass rush is fast, aggressive and should present plenty of problems for Luck and Indianapolis' offense.

3. Wallace's role: Dolphins No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace was frustrated after just one reception against Cleveland. The Browns made it a point to double-team Wallace by keeping a safety over the top in coverage. It remains to be seen of the Colts also plan to double Wallace. But it's up to the Dolphins' coaching staff to come up with more creative ways to get its best receiver the football. Miami could use quick passes, screens or reverses to get Wallace involved in the game plan early. Wallace is the faster player on the field and could be extremely dangerous on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium.