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Dolphins Gab Answers A Few Questions

Brant Houghton is the editor of Dolphins Gab where he does a great job covering his favorite team.  Brant emailed me earlier this week asking me to answer a few questions about the upcoming game.  I obliged and my answers will soon be available if you click here.

Brant was also kind enough to return the favor and answered a few of my questions as well.  Here are his answers:

The Ronnie and Ricky Show was fairly productive against the Bills.  Do you think they can outplay the WilliamsWall and the rest of the Vikings run defense?

I think that the “R&R Express”, as I like to call them, can do well against the Williams Wall. While they only managed133 rushing yards combined against a poor Bills run defense, I think both Ronnie and Ricky are back into the groove of things, and that the Bills game served as an extra pre-season game. I expect the Fish to pound the rock regardless, but how effective it is depends on the day really. The Fins offensive line has yet to get fully in-sync, so this makes the running game a question mark at this point.

Chad Henne had a slow start against the Bills, but didn’t make any fatal errors.  Can Jared Allen and the pass rush shake up this young signal caller, or will he remain calm under pressure?

I think that Jared Allen will be nullified as a pass rusher. He will be matched up against Jake Long, one of the best pass blocking left tackles in the game. Long had the best game for the Fins last week, and I believe that he will continue his Pro Bowl ways against Allen as well. But the rest of the Dolphins o-line, especially the interior is shaky, and the Vikings may be able to get to Henne on a consistent basis and get him flustered. Henne does not get the nickname “The Robot” for nothing though. He stands in the pocket and avoids pressure if he must, but is not afraid of the pass rush. He’ll stand there and take the hit if that means completing the pass.

CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson, and Marshawn Lynch make up a pretty good running back group for the Bills, but they combined for only 38 rushing yards against you in week one.  Is this an indication of how bad the Bills’ offensive line is or is your run defense for real?  Can they contain Peterson?

I think that our run defense is legit. Karlos Dansby really helps this area of our team out on many levels. He swarms the ball, and along with nose tackle Randy Starks and defensive end Kendall Langford, are very adapt in disrupting the backfield. I would not be surprised if the Fins contained Peterson for the most part, and held him under 100 yards.

Your pass defense has been the center of some criticism of late.  What will be their plan for containing Favre and company?

Yes, the pass defense is suspect at times, but with the play of career disappointment Jason Allen last week, and second year man Vontae Davis, this may be the most improved unit on the team. Allen was matched up against the Bills number one receiver, Lee Evans, and performed admirably. Davis on the other hand was targeted only a handful of times, and you could tell Bills quarterback Trent Edwards was avoiding his side of the field. New free safety Chris Clemons also surprised me last week with his performance. He was all over the field, and I only noticed the Bills throwing into his coverage a few times. This is a better indicator than last year at this time. The Dolphins are in need of solidity at the free safety spot, and it appears they have found it in Clemons. I believe that with the Fins creative blitzes and their solid coverage, that they can contain Favre and disrupt him enough to get him out of the pocket, and force him to make some mistakes.

What are your thoughts on the Greg Camarillo and Benny Sapp trade?  Which of those two will have the better day on Sunday?

I understand the trade. Let’s put it at that. The Dolphins traded away some reliable depth in Camarillo, but also gained a veteran nickel cornerback with playoff experience. Sapp performed well last week, and had his hands on a ball that could have resulted in a pick-6, had he not dropped it. I think that Camarillo will have the better day though because he will have more reps, and more chances than Sapp. From what I hear Favre loves Camarillo, and I am expecting Camarillo to want to burn his former team. Unfortunately, I predict that Camarillo will have at least 5 receptions.

What is your prediction for the game?

I’m going to be a homer here and pick the Dolphins. I think the Dolphins defense has improved enough that they can contain the Vikings offense. The key for the Fins will be to stop the run, and force Favre to pass the ball. This is easier said than done of course, but the main goal for the Dolphins defense will be to disrupt the backfield, and make Favre throw on the run. Remember, his go-to receiver, Sidney Rice will not play in the game, so I think this benefits Miami on many levels. I’m calling for the Fins to win, 24-17.


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6 Responses to “Dolphins Gab Answers A Few Questions”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    It seems Brant forgot the fact that the game is in the Metrodome. The noise will give Vikes, especially the D-line, a big advantage. I’ll predict Vikes win 24-10.

  2. Zag says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Fins win?!? In hell, maybe, but not at the metrodome. Vikings win 31-14.

    Jared Allen will have to step up against Jake Long, though. Allen severely underwhelmed my last week in NOLA. Hopefully the guys will be in better game shape and we won’t have to rotate so much.

    That’s something that always bothers me. It’s these guys’ job to play football. They have training camp and all of preseason to get in shape, and yet when they hit the field for the first game some of them still look awful. I’m talking about conditioning. Professional athletes shouldn’t suck wind like that. And when they do, it negatively impacts our D-line performance because we have to rotate more.

    Even Chris Collinsworth mentioned something about how “you’re never in game shape for the first game.” Well why the hell not? It’s your job to be in shape!

  3. Purple Charlie says:

    I don’t Jake Long is 100%, Jared should have a good day…

    Vikings win 24-13

    Keep AD in the 2nd half this week!!!

  4. CalVkg says:

    gotta win this game. got to. very important. can’t lose. got to win. got it?

    so, it’s not a must win, it’s a gotta win. must understand this. understood? good

    low scoring game is ok. long as it’s a W. their strength against our strength. our weakness against their weakness
    vikes, 18-13. rain man says we get a safety

  5. starrc10 says:

    He predicts the Dolphins will put up 10 more points than the Saints… in the Dome?

    I Guess it COULD happen.

  6. projections says:

    First the Dolphins trade away Wes Welker becaus ethey couldn’t use him effectively, then they trade Greg Camarillo. And Favre loves this Camarillo kid, lets see if it bites Dolphins on the ….

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