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Week 11 Open Thread: Dolphins at Eagles

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Miami Dolphins (0-9) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)
Sunday, November 18
1:00 pm EST, CBS
Lincoln Financial Field
Cloudy, 47 degrees, 80% chance of showers
Line: Eagles -10, Over/Under 40.5

Team Offensive Rankings

Dolphins - 19th total offense (316.2), 11th rush offense (119.4), 19th pass offense (196.8), 19th scoring offense (19.6)

Eagles - 7th total offense (352.9), 14th rush offense (116.1), 11th pass offense (236.8), 14th scoring offense (21)

Team Defensive Rankings

Dolphins - 20th total defense (334.2), 30th rush defense (149.7), 5th pass defense (184.6), 31st scoring defense (28.6)

Eagles - 14th total defense (322.2), 12th rush defense (100.1), 23rd pass defense (222.1), 12th scoring defense (20)

Today's Inactives

Dolphins: LB Zach Thomas, WR Kerry Reed, RB Samkon Gado, DB Jereme Perry, DT Anthony Bryant, DE Rob Ninkovich, and DE Matt Roth

Eagles: RB Tony Hunt, QB Kevin Kolb, DB Marcus Paschal, G Max Jean-Gilles, DT Kimo von Oelhoffen, G Scott Young, DE Jevon Kearse, and DE Montae Reagor

3 Absolute Keys to the Game

1. Contain Brian Westbrook. He's the engine that makes this Eagles' offense go. Without Zach Thomas, the Dolphins must somehow find a way to keep Westbrook in check.

2. No big plays allowed. This Eagles' offense is not a high scoring machine, so don't make things easy for them. Don't allow Philly to pick up easy points on a bomb to Kevin Curtis or a screen pass to Brian Westbrook that goes the distance. Make them work for their yardage. I'd rather lose because the Dolphins allowed Philly to convert tons of 3rd downs rather than losing because the Dolphins gave up two 50+ yard scoring plays for easy points.

3. Make big plays. This Dolphins offense hasn't really made any big plays at all since Ronnie Brown went down. They need to somehow find a way to create the big play. Bomb to Ginn? Return by Ginn? Screen pass that goes the distance? End around? Whatever it takes. This offense is not good enough to consistently move the ball, so big plays are needed to create scoring opportunities.

Community John Beck Prediction: Here's what all of our predictions for Beck averaged out to: 14/24 for 174 yards 1 TD and 1 Int

Prediction: Dolphins stay in the game until the 4th quarter, losing 27-13.


**UPDATE**: So the Dolphins lose 17-7. We saw Ted Ginn get the first return TD of his career (that actually counted). John Beck played like a rookie. He made some good throws. He didn't turn it over at all, so that's good. He also would have had his first career TD pass if not for Aaron Halterman dropping the pass. All in all, I'm excited to see Beck's progress week in and week out. Much more coming later tonight. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day!