Ryan Tannehill is on the injury list with a shoulder. This shows the hits, sacks and knockdowns are beginning to take a toll on his health. They've already been taking a toll on the young QB's play. He is completing just over 50 percent of his passes in the past couple of games and has given up the ball several times.
The Tannehill from the beginning of the season appears to have been replaced by a "deer in the headlights" quarterback who doesn't know if he'll get a concussion every time he goes back to pass.
I believe one potential cure for all that ails him and this team is a running game. New England will give up some runs to opposing offenses, so Miami needs to take advantage of that and stop giving up on the run so early.
Until the Fins have a reliable offensive line in place, and maybe the signing of Bryant McKinnie will help with that, they have no reason to think they can be a pass-heavy offense.
At 3-3, 0-1 in the AFC East, the Dolphins really need to win this game. It would put them just one win under the Pats who now sit at number one in the division. The Jets are still threatening, and don't forget the loss to the Bills could come back to haunt Miami down the road.
I said the Fins "need" to win this game, but I didn't use the word "will".
Sadly, I can't pick Miami in this one. The Dolphins haven't won in New England since 2008, and I don't think it will happen this weekend.
Fins 17 - Patriots 31
Gametime is 1 p.m. on CBS 12. Also, Real Radio 94.3/101.7 will have the game live.
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