The Miami Dolphins host the Atlanta Falcons in the team's home opener at Sun Life Stadium in Week 3 of the 2013 NFL season.
2-0 Miami will face their toughest test of the young campaign when they take on 1-1 Atlanta, a team many believe are Super Bowl contenders. The Dolphins surprising start makes this one of the more anticpated matchups of the week.
The key injuries for both teams adds to the intrigue of this tilt. For the Falcons, defensive end Kroy Biermann, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, running back Steven Jackson and left tackle Sam Baker have all been ruled out. Although receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones are questionable and expected to play, Miami could catch a break by not having to face them at full strength.
For the Dolphins, defensive tackle Paul Soliai and cornerback Dimitri Patterson have been ruled out while receiver Mike Wallace, center Mike Pouncey and safety Chris Clemons are all questionable.
Let's take a look at who has the edge in this matchup, taking into account the numerous injuries for both teams:
Dolphins pass offense vs. Falcons pass defense:
In two games, the Dolphins have proved that they can move the ball downfield with their revamped receiving core. Tannehill has looked like a much improved quarterback and is finding success throwing to Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. While Miami can win without Wallace, his presence on the field Sunday will stretch the field against a Falcons pass defense that has been torched in consecutive games. Atlanta ranks 30th in the league in pass yards allowed per game with 346.5, therefore this is a matchup that Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins can take advantage of. Add in Charles Clay, who showed he is a vluable weapon last week, to the equation for Miami on offense and it could be a long day for Atlanta's defenders.
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