Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dolphins-Giants: Week 8 Matchup

Here's a rundown of Miami's week eight matchup against the New York Giants:

Where: Wembley Stadium, London
When: 1:00 PM ET

  • Miami: Out - DT Vonnie Holliday, TE David Martin, LB Zach Thomas, S Travares Tillman; Probable - S Courtney Bryan, NT Keith Traylor, LB Abraham Wright
  • New York: Doubtful - S James Butler, WR Steve Smith, RB Derrick Ward; Questionable - WR Plaxico Burress
Positional Breakdown:



Running backs


Offensive line

Defensive line



Special teams


Overall Advantage

Keys to the Game:
  1. Can Miami maintain a ground game? The Giants' boast one of the best pass rushes in the game. If Miami finds itself having to pass in order to dig itself out of a hole, Cleo Lemon will probably get mauled. To put it simply, the Giants' pass rushers might be serving Lemon a few sack lunches on Sunday:

  2. Will Plaxico Burress pull a Randy Moss on this secondary for a second straight week? Plax is a Randy Moss-lite, and we all saw what Moss did to this secondary last week. Well, this week that group is even more banged up than ever with Cameron Worrell and Jason Allen starting. Plax will likely have a field day going deep and leaping up for jump balls.
  3. Can Miami keep the game from being over by halftime? In order to avoid another blowout, Cam Cameron must not stray from the run despite the loss of Ronnie Brown. He should feed Jesse Chatman a healthy amount of carries and not be afraid to take shots deep with Ted Ginn Jr. Lemon doesn't throw a very accurate deep ball, but Ginn can catch up to most passes. Give him the chances to do so.
Key Players:
  • Miami: Offensive line - This unit is going to have its hands full against a superb pass rush. They've been playing very well all year, but if Miami gets forced into obvious passing downs, they will probably be overmatched. We all want to see John Beck get his chance, but not because Lemon goes down.
  • New York: WR Plaxico Burress - He certainly saw the way Randy Moss had his way with this secondary, and he will be salivating for his chance to do the same.
Giants win 28-18

No comments: