Go on NFL.com. The start ‘em, sit ‘em page on the right side has a picture of Dolphins RB Reggie Bush putting a juke move on. His determined eyes, alert and awake, with the muscle to lower the boom on a hapless defender at any time. This is what Bush has become. He is now the every down back just as much as QB Matt Moore deserves the title of starting QB. The Philadelphia Eagles have shocked us at every turn. Every single game bettors, beggars, and analysts expect that breadth of talent to wake up and run wild on a hopeless defense.
Not this Sunday.
The ‘Fins have gotten gluttonous offensive performances against some poor teams like the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, and Kansas City Chiefs, but have yet to face a team with the type of offensive firepower the Eagles bear. Containing whomever is behind center is key, but with CB Vontae Davis, ILB’s Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby, and OLB Cameron Wake playing in the form we all expected, the keys of the game turn to QB Matt Moore, RB’s Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush, and the receiving corps that Moore has grown to love and respect.
With WR Brandon Marshall producing as we all expected, and Davone Bess getting on the score sheet with his elusive quickness, Moore has these two men to go to as well as an emerging relationship with TE Anthony Fasano, who has in the least saved his job for now with solid games and numerous touchdowns in these past few weeks.
It is definitely going to be a challenge for Moore to throw on guys like CB’s Asante Samuel, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Nnamdi Asomugha, but the run game should get off to a fast start, with a Dolphins offensive line playing to its potential – rookie C Mike Pouncey looking All-Pro and LT Jake Long playing like he feels no pain. The dual threat of burner Reggie Bush and bruiser Daniel Thomas should keep the DB’s of the Eagles honest long enough for Moore’s corps to find the seams.
Overall, the linebacker play on both sides of the ball should make the difference, with the dreadful group of the Eagles being called upon to stop the run, and the linebackers for the ‘Fins being asked to continue to perform as they have, and keep whoever is behind the center inside the pocket, and keep him under wraps. This should be an exciting game, with two teams going in very different directions. I expect a ‘Fins win, unless the Eagles play to their potential, one week out of the year,
Tagged with: Anthony Fasano, Asante Samuel, Brandon Marshall, Cameron Wake, Daniel Thomas, Davone Bess, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jake Long, Karlos Dansby, Kevin Burnett, Matt Moore, Mike Pouncey, Nnamdi Asomugha, Reggie Bush