Miami-San Francisco: The Dolphins Need To Play Like They've Been Playing

Paul Smythe@PaulDSmytheCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2008

The Miami Dolphins (8-5) are currently in a three-team tie for first place in the AFC East. The San Francisco 49ers (5-8) are heading to Miami to try and hurt the Dolphins playoff hopes.

Miami has won six of their last seven, and a win this week would help a lot, because the New York Jets (8-5) have lost all momentum after two straight losses and are playing against the Buffalo Bills this week. The New England Patriots (8-5) have a favorable match-up at Oakland (3-10) this week, so don't expect them to lose.

But you never know

If Buffalo can come out with a win and Oakland can shock New England, things would look really good for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins have a great offense that can attack from all sides.

We have Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are one of the best running back combinations in the NFL. I am interested to see how they will do against the 49ers pretty good rushing defense.

The Wildcat, which was a nightmare for defenses early in the season, hasn't been very effective recently, so hopefully Miami will hang it up for a while and start calling it again during the playoffs (if we make it).

Dolphins quarter back Chad Pennington has played the best season of his career, and is working well with whatever target he throws to. When leading wide receiver Greg Camarillo was injured, Davone Bess stepped right up and filled in perfectly for Camarillo.

If Pennington can throw for 250 yards or more this week, then he will pass all three of Miami's quarterbacks combined passing yardage from last year. Pennington has also thrown only six interceptions compared to last years 16. San Francisco's passing defense is one of the worst in the league, so expect Miami's offense to thrive on Sunday.

Turnovers have been the Dolphins strong point this year, where it has been the 49ers weakness. Miami's turnover ratio is +12, and San Francisco's is -14. Hopefully the Dolphins can capitalize on the 49ers mistakes.

The 49ers do have a strong passing offense, which is a problem because one of the Dolphins' weaknesses this year has been pass defense. Lets hope that Miami can shut down San Francisco's passing game.

My prediction:

24 Miami -14 San Francisco

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