The Dolphins offense looked better last week against the Jets. They were pushing the ball downfield. The offense seemed to finally have turned the corner and was clicking. Both with Cutler, and to an even greater extent Moore. Now the question becomes how much of that was for real? Have the Dolphins finally figured out their offensive woes? Will the change to Moore spur the offense to finally put up the numbers they should be capable of? Or was last week’s success just a flash in the pan?
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If the Dolphins want to avoid falling into an early hole like they have each of the past two weeks, they need to channel the sort of offense that they were running in the final quarter of last week’s game. It was a more downfield passing attack, the likes of which haven’t been seen in Miami this season. Those two trains of thought may sound counter-intuitive, but that’s what Moore brings to the table. He has a mind to push the ball downfield, sometimes in spite of his better judgement. Keeping it simple, in this sense, is letting Moore do what he does best. Embrace the change,
The Dolphins defense is playing like one of the best in the league after some early struggles. They’re flying around the field and finally making plays in both the run and pass games. If the Dolphins offense can play like the squad that showed up in the second half last week, Miami should walk away victorious. A win will push Miami to 5-2 on the season, and help them keep pace with the New England Patriots in the division. It’s shaping up to be a wild second half of the season. But as we all know, it’s one game at a time. First Baltimore, then the world.
We’ll find out the answers to those questions early this week, as the Dolphins face a Thursday game after an emotional victory against a division rival. Here are the keys to another Dolphins victory.
Point Spread: Baltimore -3
Moneyline: Miami +150, Baltimore -170
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Miami is definitely behind the proverbial 8-ball coming into this game. They have a short week. They’re coming off not one, but two emotional comebacks. Most of all, they’re without their starting quarterback. All this against a defense known for its aggressive, physical play. Together, that all sounds like a recipe for disaster for the Dolphins. However, the Ravens struggles on offense have proven largely insurmountable this season, and I believe that trend will continue on Thursday.
The Miami Dolphins come into Baltimore to face the Ravens battered and bruised. Yet, despite all the set-backs, Miami sits near the top of the AFC East at 4-2. Two weeks ago, the Dolphins found themselves in a 17-point hole at halftime, then reeled off 20 straight to come roaring back against the Atlanta Falcons. Last week the Dolphins again found themselves down big late, this time down by two touchdowns heading into the final quarter against the New York Jets. But again, the Dolphins persevered and came away with the victory.
A victory that came at a hefty price; however, as the Dolphins lost starting quarterback Jay Cutler for at least one week to multiple cracked ribs. Now, yet again, the Dolphins have to scramble to fill a void left by an injured quarterback. That void will be filled by long-time Dolphins backup Matt Moore. Moore performed well coming off the bench cold. Now, he has a short week to prepare as the starter and faces a team known for its tough, physical play.