Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dolphins O-Line Is The Key To Turning The Season Around

(3-4) Miami Dolphins will play against the (6-2) Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday at 8:25 pm.

The Dolphins started the season 3-0 and have lost four games in a row and are looking to get back to .500 with a win on Thursday. Furthermore, the offensive line has been a major concern throughout the early portion of the season. Starting right tackle Tyson Clabo lost his job to Bryant Mckinnie, as Jonathan Martin went to right tackle. Clabo wasn’t doing a good job at right tackle and was rated 66th by Pro Football Focus.

Clabo allowed Ryan Tannehill to get sacked eight times and allowed 18 hurries. The Dolphins’ offensive line allowed six sacks last Sunday against the New England Patriots, including two from Richie Incognito and one by Bryant Mckinnie. Through week eight the Dolphins offense has allowed 31 sacks and 59 hurries.

The Dolphins will need their offensive line to improve, because if not the season can start slipping away. Additionally, Ryan Tannehill would have to play better and stop staring down receivers. On the season Tannehill has thrown 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, including two touchdowns and two interceptions last week against the Patriots. Mike Wallace will have to be involved in the offense more and start helping stretching the field. Wallace against the Patriots had 3 receptions for 41 yards and that must change.

The Dolphins are in a must win situation this Thursday against the Bengals and need to get back to .500. As a team they have to do better, because if they don’t the 3-0 start is out the window and changes will be coming. The season can be saved but it all starts on Thursday against the Bengals and a victory will help the team gain momentum for the remaining eight games.

This is a big week for the Dolphins and a win will make everything a little better, but a loss will devastate the team with a 3-5 record.

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