It’s pivotal for the Dolphins to get off to a good start this season, but that is easier said than done. They aint playing no “slouches” in the words of Darrelle Revis. On Monday the Dolphins have the honor of playing the best team in the AFC- the rival Patriots.
In order to beat Tom Brady and Bill Belicheck you have to bring your A game.
Can the Dolphins beat the Patriots? Yes! They have in the past and they can do it again. That being said, it won’t be an easy task and they will need their best from a couple of key contributors.
Here are the 5 players that I think will need to have a huge impact Monday night in order for the Dolphins to come away with the W.
This one is kind of obvious; it goes without saying that Miami will need a decent game from Chad to win. While I don’t think they need a 300 yard performance from Henne, I think it is more important that Chad doesn't commit any turnovers. If Henne can walk away from Monday night’s game without any INT’s or fumbles it would be a huge step in the right direction.
The Dolphins have a strong enough defense that if Chad can simply manage the game well they will still be in position to get the win.
If there is one way to beat Tom Brady its getting him outside of the pocket. The formula over the past three years to beat the Patriots has been getting pressure on Brady. Cam Wake has turned into an elite pass rusher and might be lined up against rookie tackle Nate Solder this week. Its crucial that Wake takes advantage of this matchup and is in Brady’s face like Lionel Richie “All Night Long”.
I’ll say it again, the best way to attack and beat the Patriots is to get pressure on Brady. After Wake, while JT is an old man he probably is the Dolphins' second best pass rusher. JT has had success vs. Brady in his career and Monday night he will look for continued success to help get his Phins the W.
In the offseason the Dolphins went out and got Reggie for reasons like Monday night’s game. Reggie can be the ultimate mismatch. Bush has to make Henne’s job easier and be all over the field playing a big role in Miami’s offense. Daniel Thomas tweaked his hammy in practice so might not be able to contribute that much, so expect a full load for Bush.
Brandon “The Beast” Marshall
The Patriots don’t have one corner that can cover Marshall. He is the big man and he is the “BEAST." The Beast needs to be unleashed this Monday night. After what some would say was a disappointing year one in Miami and a very hectic offseason, Brandon needs to be poised to get off to a HUGE start Week 1.