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The Miami Dolphins have clincihed a playoff spot for the first time since the 2008 season. If all goes as planned, it looks like they will play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wild Card weekend. Despite being without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, here is how the Dolphins could potentially upset the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Wild Card weekend.
This has all the makings for a “something’s gotta give” kind of matchup. The Steelers’ offense has one of the best trios in the NFL. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown, and running back Le’Veon Bell are a defense’s nightmare. Brown is hard to match up against because of his speed and ability to get in space. He has become one of headline players of the NFL and has come up big over the years. Meanwhile, throwing to him is Big Ben. He is one of the most established quarterbacks in the NFL and is on his way to the Hall of Fame. He is experienced, clutch, and a big-time player. As for Bell, the world just seems to slow down when he runs. With grace and strength, he weaves through defenses and finds himself in the end zone on a regular basis.
As for the Dolphins, their strength is no secret. The defense is loaded with experienced talent with the likes of Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh. Trying to combat the Steelers’ offense will be difficult, but this is a group that can get the stop needed down the stench to win a football game.
In football, they say that playing to the strength of your team will give you the best chance to win. However, with the Dolphins lacking a starting quarterback, it may not be worth the risk. Despite the fact that the Dolphins’ defense is a good a group of players, they will be better off if they don’t see the field too much. Expect Dolphins’ running back Jay Ajayi to have a lot of touches throughout the game in an attempt to keep the ball for the Dolphins’ offense and award from the Steelers’ offense. They will want to win the time of possession and turnover battles to create long drives and ultimately score points. Fans may not like a low scoring game, but Matt Moore won’t have much of a chance in gun slinger kind of fight against Big Ben. The Dolphins’ defense has holes at cornerback and inside linebacker, so Bell and Brown have an opportunity to put up big numbers.
While Sunday’s action will ultimately decide who will play who, this is a matchup for fans to keep an eye as we move closer to the playoffs.