I've been talking to a Dolphan outside of this blog that has been around since Greise won those Super Bowls. We started talking about how to win games and lose games, because many wanted Moss in Miami, but both of us disagreed. We both agree on one thing, there are many ways to win, but there are really only two things that you really need to do two things to actually win most of your games. Most of the times, if you can do those two things everything should fall into place, like winning the TO battle, the TOP battle, the field position battle.
1) Win in the trenches.
You have to win in the trenches. If you can't do simple things like that, you will lose. You will be unable to protect the Quarterback, unable to hit and sack the Quarterback, unable to run the ball, and unable to stop the run. This was why when Parcells came in, he brought in a lot of line help. You can also see this, as our Offensive Line isn't as talented as last year and you can see the difference in RedZone TD %.
2) Play Great Special Teams
You can see this lesson in the Patriots game this year. You can win or lose the game if players make huge mistakes or if your players make huge plays. Also, most huge plays your players can make are off of the other team's mistakes, because it really isn't as hard to play ST as Offense or Defense. You just have to stay in your lanes, or put a hat on the right guy.
Where the passing game comes into play.
The passing game isn't as important as others will make it seem. The only way you can win through your passing game;without doing one of the following: winning in the trenches or playing Special Team; if your skills positions players just out class the other team's. And I mean really dominating, which would mean you either need, as an NFL team, you need an Elite QB or play a team with a horrible secondary.
What does that mean?
As long as you execute both of my first two points and your DBs can hang with the other team's WRs, you should win the game.