The Miami Dolphins have a winning record through the first five weeks of the always-brutal NFL. Their record shows that they are poised and in a position to succeed.
What the Dolphins 3-2 record doesn't show is the lack of consistency on offense, defense and special teams.
Playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers is hard enough on its own, but considering the Dolphins upcoming schedule, any losing effort could have them backed into a corner.
In the upcoming five weeks, Miami will host Pittsburgh, play at Cincinnati and Baltimore and then play at home against Tennessee and Chicago.
Miami is coming off of an impressive overtime road victory against Green Bay, which was much needed.
Both Pittsburgh and Miami have been in the headlines this week but for the wrong reasons.
There have been reports that rookie first-rounder Jared Odrick has re-injured the leg that has sidelined him for the past several weeks.
This is bad news for Miami's defensive line rotation, which originally moved Randy Starks to starting nose tackle, just to move him back to defensive end after Ordick's injury.
Without Odrick, Miami lacks the depth which once made this unit one of the strongest in the NFL.
In other news, Bill Parcells has reportedly cleared out his office at the Dolphins facilities. This news is a shock to many but is just another chapter to the shocking story earlier in the season, in which Parcells stepped down as the Dolphins vice president of football operations.
In speculation, the Dolphins staff could have grown weary of Bill Parcells staring down at them from his pedestal.
Whatever it may be, Parcells has surprised this organization, and fans can only hope that this doesn't spell out another roster re-haul in the future.
James Harrison, after being fined $75,000 for his helmet-crunching hit against Cleveland Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, is unsure of his future in the NFL. Harrison was excused from practice Wednesday afternoon as he was frustrated with the direction of the league.
The Steelers believe that Harrison just needed time to "cool off" and expect him to fully participate in practice Thursday.
Ben Roethlisberger is coming off of his first start of the 2010 NFL season and showed no signs of rust. If not for a shortened suspension, the Dolphins would be facing a much different Steelers team.
With Roethlisberger at the helm again, the 4-1 Steelers emerged from being a lucky team to being a current Super Bowl favorite.
This Sunday will be the fourth matchup between these two teams since 2006. Since their meeting in 2006, the Steelers have beaten Miami all three times they have played.
Miami is 0-2 this year while playing at home and 3-0 on the road. Miami will need to stay consistent and physical early and often to get the home crowd on their feet. Miami's three wins this year are by a combined 12 points.
It will also be interesting to see how this game is played, considering the fines the NFL has recently given out to players for malicious hitting.
Kickoff will begin at 1PM EST on Sunday.
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