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Coming off a stunning 23-20 overtime victory last week on the road against the Packers, the Miami Dolphins welcome the 4-1 Pittsburgh Steelers to South Beach in Week 7.
Key for Miami this week in pulling off the upset at home will be their distribution between running and throwing the football on offense. Pittsburgh, obviously, has one of the stingiest and most dangerous defenses in the NFL.
Dolphins QB Chad Henne has been allowed to air it out recently despite only middling success, throwing 44, 38 and 39 times in his last three games. Such isn't a likely recipe for success against the Steelers and S Troy Polamalu, despite Pittsburgh's top rank in the league against the run.
A healthy diet of Miami RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams will soften the Steelers secondary, making play-action opportunities between Henne and star WR Brandon Marshall available. If they connect a few times, the Dolphins have a chance to put up some points.
On the other side of the ball, Miami must focus on pressuring Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who will be making just his second start of the 2010 season in Week 7. LB Cameron Wake is one of the NFL's biggest surprises this season, having already totaled six sacks.
If he and fellow LB Koa Misi can consistently push the pocket and make Roethlisberger nervous, CB Vontae Davis and the Miami secondary will have an opportunity to make plays on the ball.
Though Pittsburgh may be the league's best team, that by no means ensures a win every week. With a victory, Miami has a chance to stake their claim as a player in the AFC postseason race.