I don't know about all of you fin fans, but I'm pumped for this Turkey Day match-up between our beloved Dolphins
and the hated Dallas Cowboys
. The biggest reason I'm pumped for this game is that the Dolphins seemed to have figured some things out on offense and defense, and special teams are definitely improved as well. Adding to this is the fact that the Cowboys are tied for their division lead and are clearly the best team we've played in the last 4 games.
To me, there are 5 keys to the Dolphins pulling out an upset win on Thursday. In what I believe are the most important to the least important:
1. Get pressure on Romo right up the gut
. Romo is a lot like Tom Brady
. He loves to stand in the pocket unbothered and pick out his targets. He doesn't mind drifting right or left either, so I believe we need to contain him in the pocket and get in his face. He's due for a "Oh no, Romo" type of game.
2. Limit the big plays by the Cowboys offense.
The Dolphins defense has definitely stepped up in recent games, but this has happened against less than stellar offenses. To win, we must not allow the huge gains in the passing game and Jason Witten
is the guy we absolutely HAVE to contain.
3. Keep a balance on offense.
Moore has been running the play action at a high level lately. We must hand off to Bush and Thomas, mix in some screens and swing passes, and continue to work the seam with Clay and Fasano. We proved in the last game that we don't have to target BMarsh 15 times a game to be successful -- get everyone involved and keep the Cowboys D on it's heels.
4. Keep Moore clean.
We all know the biggest challenge here will be DeMarcus Ware
. Colombo will need help, Dallas will also bring the heat with blitzes and other looks. Moore has to be smart and know when to tuck it and run and also when to just throw it away.
5. Win the turnover battle.
While I believe this is important, I think the Dolphins have progressed enough in the last few games that even if we lose this battle by 1 turnover, I believe we can still win this game. However, getting a key turnover might give our offense a much needed short field to increase our chances of victory.
Okay, you decide. Which of the above is most important to insure a Dolphins victory? Happy Thanksgiving to everyone on the Finsiders!