In danger of falling under .500 for the first time this NFL season, the Miami Dolphins travel to Foxboro looking to shock Tom Brady and the AFC East-leading, New England Patriots.
Thanks to the extra rest, the Fins submitted their first injury report in the single-digits since opening week. However in the NFL, the difference between pretenders vs. contenders lies in the ability to execute, and most of all, win the games they’re supposed to. Can Miami take a step towards reaching the AFC’s upper echelon?
With a reported 10 injured players, the Dolphins staff is working around the clock to try and have as many able bodies as possible for Sunday’s showdown with the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Opening kickoff is slated for 1:05 p.m. ET from Sun Life Stadium on CBS4.
Miami Dolphins end Cameron Wake and two other defensive starters are listed as questionable for Monday night’s game at New Orleans.
The Miami Dolphins will be without a huge piece in the middle of its defense when the Atlanta Falcons come to town on Sunday.
Should they or shouldn’t they? New England tight end Rob Gronkowski could be cleared to play in this weekend’s contest versus Miami, but the Patriots aren’t sure if they should let him play or wait and activate him in the postseason. Waiting could avoid re-aggravating the surgically repaired forearm which he fractured in Week 11.
The Dolphins may struggle against the Bills this weekend, as they could be without their best receiver and will definitely be playing without their star kicker on Sunday.
With tight end Charles Clay listed as probable for Sunday’s showdown against the 49ers, the Dolphins have another offensive weapon they can depend on as they fight to try and make it into the postseason.
The one area the Miami Dolphins were hoping would be solid in the upcoming season is the defense. The Fins have switched defensive philosophies from the 3-4 to the 4-3 under new coordinator Kevin Coyle and there’s little room for error in a stacked AFC East.
The Miami Dolphins have a second round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft set to begin Thursday. But, based on the team’s recent history of second round picks, the Fins may want to try to trade it and move back into the first round.