Are the Saints for real? Saints vs Dolphins football game kicks off at the Sun Life Stadium (Miami, Fla.) for the Week 3 of NFL Preseason, August 29, 2013.
In Week 3, the New Orleans Saints overpowered Houston Texans, 31-23 on the road while Miami Dolphins lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 17-16.
This is the fifth game of the Dolphins, they played the extra Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys. The Dolphins will have Ryan Tannehill as the starting quarterback and there’s no quarterback controversy at the moment in Miami.
Against the Bucs, Tannehill completed 17 of 27 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown in a very quiet night. Tannehill has to carry the load for his team by throwing accurate passes if they want to rise into a better situation.
The Dolphins will thrive on the receiving core, it is necessary to have the running game in place. Lamar Miller rushed eight times for 35 yards while Jonas Gray added 12 yards in eight attempts. In the passing game, Brandon Gibson, Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace, and Bryan Tyms can significantl contribute effectively in this game.
Coach Joe Philbin knows what is lacking to his team. He understands the situation and he has to make the right moves to strengthen his players and to be prepared for the start of the season.
Dolphins rank 27th overall in offense; 112.6 in rushing while 198.9 in passing. These numbers tell us that the passing offense must improve to a certain level to compete against the high scoring teams like the Saints and the Patriots.
Defensively, the Dolphins rank 21st yielding 108.4 yards and 248.4 yards a game. The passing defense is the problem for the Dolphins.
The New Orleans Saints were in so much controversy last season that coach Sean Payton was banned. Now that the full throttle offense is back, expect the Saints to be fighting for the to three spots in the NFC.
The Saints dominated the Texans in which Drew Brees completed 4 of 6 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. Brees high-powered offense is back and that he is expected to reach yet another 4,000 yards season in passing.
While Payton used his three quarterbacks, the distribution of passes was balanced in nature. Kenny Stills had two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown and Pierre Thomas added 51 yards in a catch for touchdown.
The running game of the Saints will be anchored by Mark Ingram. Everybody knows that Ingram can make the difference to rest the throwing shoulder of Brees. Thus, with a running game for the Saints, they will be unbeatable.
Offensively, the Saints rank 2nd in the league by gaining 98.6 yards in rushing while first in passing with 312.2 yards a game. It is clear that the Saints are lethal in the passing game alone.The problem for the Saints will be the defense which is worst in the league by allowing 147.6 in rushing and 292.6 yards in passing a game.
Saints vs Dolphins start time is at 7:30 PM ET. Looking for the Saints vs Dolphins tv channel coverage schedule? Who will win this game? This is televised on CBS, or check your local listing.
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