The Miami Dolphins look to run their road record to a perfect 5-0 in Baltimore this week as they also look for their first win over the Ravens since their OT victory in 2007. This will be the 10th all-time meeting between the teams, with the Fins holding a 5-4 advantage in the previous nine, though Baltimore has come out on top in each of the last two games, both of which were doing the 2008 season (27-13 in October and 27-9 in the playoffs).
The Fins are looking to win two in a row for the first time since they took down the Bills and Vikings on the road in the first two weeks of the season and against the Ravens, they will be facing one of their toughest challenges of 2010. While Baltimore is known for their defense, they are becoming an increasingly dangerous team with the ball, as well. With a win, by the way, the Dolphins would become the first team in NFL history to go undefeated on the road but winless at home through their first eight games of the season.
Keep reading to see what our experts think about this one: Keith Sims will tell us what this game means, Sam Madison will break down what he thinks the Dolphins’ gameplan should be on defense, and John Congemi tells us what he hopes he’ll see from the Dolphins offense:
It has not been a common start for the Dolphins to the 2010 season. Thanks to their perfect road record and their 0-3 mark at home, the national media has almost dismissed the Dolphins as a flawed team on an unusual streak.
This game, though, is the chance for the Dolphins to make a statement to the entire NFL. A win on the road at the Ravens has to pace the Dolphins deep in the conversations as one of the AFC’s best teams and certainly in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt. If the Ravens win, they cement themselves as the second best team in the AFC solely chasing the Pats for the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
Another week for the Dolphins and another big game. The Ravens have been great at home, the Fins perfect on the road. Something will give this week.
It just does not get any easier for the Miami Dolphins defense. The Baltimore Ravens offense sits right in the middle of the road when it comes to overall team accomplishments. Ready and primed to be a unit that scores rather running or throwing. All of the pieces are there and in place.
When Joe Flacco scores at least one touchdown at home, has an 11-1 record. Ray Rice averages four yards a carry, so he is moving the chains and keeping defenses focused on the ground game. A new twist that has made this team a little more dynamic is the addition of Anquan Boldin. Their leading receiver has 38 catches with seven of them going for 20+ yards. Flacco has 10 touchdowns with five going to Boldin.
If the Dolphins don’t give up big plays in the passing game like they have in the last three contests and if they make Flacco go the long haul, they have a shot.
This defense can rattle him with the pressure from the defensive line headed up by “Mr.Sack,” Cameron Wake, as well as Koa Misi and Kendall Langford. The challenge for Vontae Davis will be to show us he can stop one of the strongest and more physical wideouts in the NFL (again). It won’t be easy, but if the Dolphins can do all this, they will be looking at 5-0 on the road.
One of the keys to the game will be Miami’s ability to get big plays on the “FRINGE,” like they did in Cincinnati. Remember last week’s explosive plays that lead to the Ricky Williams one yard touchdown? Chad Henne to Brandon Marshall for 25 yards, Henne to Brian Hartline for 24, and the end around for 30, followed up by a Ricky run for 18! These are all examples of the chunk plays that this offense needs to create earlier in the game so that Miami can control the tempo and WIN!
So there you go, that’s what our crew thinks about this one. Our pre-game coverage begins at 11 on Sunday morning with the “Tony Sparano Show” and continued until kickoff at 1 o clock. You can listen to all of it on 940-WINZ, BIG 105-9FM, or at Dolphins.com. Enjoy the game!
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