The Broncos are taking their talents to Miami. Coming off of a bye week, the fresh-legged Broncos will have eleven more weeks of football without a break. Talk about nose to the grindstone.
This team will face a Miami team that is also coming off a bye week. The Dolphins will have played two home games -against New England and Houston, and two away games – against Cleveland and San Diego.
Miami finished their 2010 campaign 7-9 in a very competitive AFC East division. The Dolphins lost their last three games of the year. The team was ranked 21st in rushing and 16th passing. The offense didn’t do much to help a defense that allowed 20.8 points per game and was ranked 7th in rush defense and 8th in pass defense.
This is the season that has the Broncos visiting many former big-time Broncos’ players. The team will get reacquainted with Brandon Marshall on this day. Patrick Peterson looks the like the brightest possible draft pick if for no other reason than this game.
Brandon Marshall can shred secondaries into pieces with his size and speed. They key to his development is whether or not the Dolphins can find a stable quarterback. On their current roster, the team has Chad Henne and former Bronco backup Tom Brandstater.
The Dolphins had Chad Henne throw the bulk of the passes last season, but backup QB Tyler Thigpen saw action in five games as well. Chad Pennington had two pass attempts in one game.
Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams split carries in the backfield and the two combined for 1,407 yards and 7 touchdowns.
If the offense ever catches up to the defense, the Dolphins could put up more of a fight with the Patriots and the Jets for best in the division. Jason Allen was 6th in the league in interceptions hauling in 6 INTs in just 8 games. Cameron Wake was third in the league in sacks with 14. Yeremiah Bell led the team in total tackles.
The Dolphins have nine picks in this year’s draft with their highest pick being at No. 15.
The Dolphins have a lot of talent on their roster and head coach Tony Sparano has the talent to develop these players into a winning football team.
This is a very winnable game for the Broncos if they can find a way to convert long drives into touchdowns. Last season, the Broncos moved the ball well down the field, but failed to convert in the redzone.
Miami has the stout defense to make the Broncos’ offense go, well, MIA.
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