Wait until the Dolphins’ offense catches up with the defense

By Hugo Guzman  |   Monday, September 20, 2010  |  Comments( 2 )

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As exciting as a second straight road win is for the Miami Dolphins, what really bodes well for this team is shockingly strong play of the Mike Nolan led defensive unit. Why? Because it's reasonable to expect that the Dolphins' offense will continue to progress, and if the offense begins to match their 2009 form (or better) than Miami could all of a sudden be one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL.

Granted, this Week 2 win against the Minnesota Vikings was extremely close to become an excruciating late-minute loss thanks to a pair of fumbles by Miami's most tenured offensive players, Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown. Williams is known to have fumbling issues, but Brown's miscue is extremely uncommon, making it that much more difficult to swallow.

In the end, though, Miami's suddenly dominant defense refused to lose, generating two sacks, one fumble (for a touchdown) and three Brett Favre interceptions. Oh, and when the game was on the line late in the fourth quarter, they also manged to generate a goal line stand, keeping Adrian Peterson out of the endzone on fourth and goal from the one.

The Dolphins return home in Week 3, and suddenly, these road warriors seem capable of starting off 4-0 when prior to the season a lot of pundits had them struggling to get a single win in their first four games. And as mentioned, if Chad Henne and the offense begin to generate points and yardage the way they did last year (which seems quite likely considering the infusion of ability that Brandon Marshall has brought to the unit) Miami could all of a sudden find themselves an unlikely front-runner in the AFC playoff race.
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