St. Louis Rams vs. Miami Dolphins: What the Fins Must Do to Win in Week 6

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IOctober 13, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 4:  Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams runs against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on October 4, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Last weekend, the Miami Dolphins shocked football fans everywhere by beating the Cincinnati Bengals 17-13.

Now at 2-3, with two of their losses coming in overtime, Miami looks primed to turn its season around. And that starts with beating the St. Louis Rams (3-2) in Week 6 and heading into the bye week with a .500 record.

On paper, we have a relatively interesting matchup this week. The Rams have typically had a dominant running game with Steven Jackson at the helm of their attack, but this season Jackson has struggled to get going.

The Rams have not particularly had a lot of success in the passing game this season either. Sam Bradford has showed more maturity this season but has not dramatically overwhelmed his opponents.

The Rams have won their games this season by playing relatively solid defense that has allowed them to slip past opponents en route to victory.

Defensively, Miami will have no problem taking Steven Jackson out of the game and should look to completely limit the Rams' run production, forcing Bradford to lead his team to victory.

Last weekend against the Bengals, Miami was incredibly productive at limiting the passing game, particularly of the formidable duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. Green was not able to push past the secondary for massive gains, which normally gives the now 3-2 Bengals the edge in games. Sean Smith has emerged as a solid coverage back and should be delegated the responsibility of man coverage on Brandon Gibson and take him out of the game.

On the other side of the ball, Miami should not make any offensive adjustments and take the Rams full-on with dynamic running and passing offense. Lamar Miller should be given at least five carries to try to shake things up as Reggie Bush continues to battle his knee injuries.

Otherwise, if the Dolphins can do all of these, they should have victory No. 3 on the year.