At 2-2 and coming off a bye week, the Dolphins face a brutal six-game stretch. Four of those are AFC opponents who will likely be competing for playoff spots in December, so if the Dolphins hope to stay in the race, they can't flop over the next month and a half. They start by playing an injury-riddled Packers squad, so the Dolphins need to take advantage and improve to 3-2.
Luckily for the Dolphins, Aaron Rodgers will most likely be out with a concussion, meaning the unproven Matt Flynn would get the start. In addition, the Packers' top two tight ends, Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee (combined 25 receptions, 337 yards, two touchdowns) will definitely be out. Add in a questionable Clay Matthews Jr. at linebacker, and the Dolphins have no excuse not to run over the Packers.
However, the Dolphins almost let the Bills and Vikings steal victories in Weeks 1 and 2, so this game will be no gimme. The Dolphins need to cut down on turnovers and let Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams move the chains. There's no need to rely on the inexperienced arm of Chad Henne when the team has two talented backs.
A win for the Dolphins would get their confidence back up after two straight division losses. The difference between 3-2 and 2-3 is huge, especially with the daunting schedule ahead. If the Dolphins take advantage of the opportunity they have against the weakened Packers, then they can a setback at some point in the following games. But the AFC is so tight this year that there is barely any margin for error. The Dolphins need to win this game and keep their season on track.
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