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  • One glaring issue we're gonna have to clean up...

    if we expect to have any chance at all against the Pats...and that's 3rd down efficiency. As good as we played against the Texans we were only 1 for 9 on third downs; we're damn lucky we lit it up on first & second down..I'm thinking this isn't gonna cut it against N.E., not even close!

  • #2
    We need to play near perfect I agree. I hope ala or saved special 3rd down plays for us. Some dazzle dazzle?
    The deeper the roots, the higher the reach.

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    • #3
      And Penalties... we were flagged 8 times for 52 yards against the Texans.

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      • Driven_Phinsane!
        Driven_Phinsane! commented
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        True dat, seems like we can't get past this penalty thing or this sucking on 3rd down...We've had two games where we've jumped all over the other team early; it's gonna be interesting to see if we're able to win when we fall behind or face a bit of adversity!

      • cuchulainn
        cuchulainn commented
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        Yes... and I worry about these guys getting drawn offsides by the pats. OV falls for it every game it seems.

        As for the 3rd downs, we only had 3 third downs in the first half. On the first one, Gray got stopped, but should have picked it up. That was on him IMO. The 2nd was a TD pass to Landry. The 3rd one was a 3rd and 13. That said, by the time we got to the 3rd 3rd down, we were up 35-0.

        For the ones that really mattered when the game was still sort of close (14-0), we converted 1 of them. Most of our 3rd down attempts were moot to the game and the majority were in the 2nd half when we were simply resting guys and playing backups.

      • Dolfan1
        Dolfan1 commented
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        Hoyer must have a great hard count cus we fell for it every time.

    • #4
      The least we see our punter the better.... I don't want to see him at all on Thursday....

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      • #5
        The Cheatriots are #1 in 3rd down conversions converting 50.68% and 63.41% at home. 37 of 73
        Miami is dead last with 28.57%, 20 of 70

        On the D the Cheatriots are 28th in 3rd down conversions allowing 42.9%. 36 of 84
        Miami is 18th allowing 39%. 32 of 82
        HAHA Houston is still #1 after playing us allowing 29.2%, 26 of 89

        Whoever makes the least amount of mistakes will win IMO as there is only so much being physical can do playing against the best teams and coaches.

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        • #6
          The Fins and Pats defenses are very close though in yards allowed, yards per game, points, and points allowed per game. The pats are giving up 21 ppg and we're giving up 22.8.

          That said, our ''current'' defense is much better now and we can generate pressure and a sacks without blitzing. That is huge. The jets have a better secondary, but can't get sacks and they almost beat the pats.

          If Brandon Marshall hadn't dropped a game winner he had in his hands, the pats would be coming off their first loss of the season. As it is, we'll have to give the pats their 1st loss. ;-)

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          • #7
            We will win or lose depending on pressure on Brady.

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            • cuchulainn
              cuchulainn commented
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              It'll help if we can limit Collins and Hightower. Rest of that defense ain't so much.

          • #8
            Just a few notes, we were up by SIX TOUCHDOWNS and our punter had only been on the field twice at halftime. The number of sacks doesn't nearly describe the dominance of the D line. You don't get that many opportunities when your opponent goes 3 and out until the game is out of reach. A lot of people on here have said, they don't just go by numbers, it has to pass the eye test. What did your eye tell you yesterday? The Dolphins were totally dominant in every phase of the game until it was far out of reach. Had this been the Superbowl, with no looming battle against NE in 4 days, I believe we could have easily won by 80 points. Being at the game, one thing I noticed that you don't see on TV is what happens downfield. There were no open receivers early on for Texans. On many of those long plays for Miami, there were blockers downfield. I saw o linemen leading the way over the goal line more than 50 yards down field. This team is for real, and they are what we expected when we looked at the roster back in preseason. For me, I am looking forward to Thursday, Brady is the one who should be worried!

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            • ONole1
              ONole1 commented
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              Miami's D had six straight 3 and outs to start the game. That is dominating. I know Houston had some drops in there but as Campbell said in his post game speech, when you play physical the other teams starts thinking about that and that energy is transferred and causes them to make mistakes.

              I believe Dan is teaching the art of telekinesis...LOL

          • #9
            easy fix on third downs ,,,,,don't get to third downs

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