Thomas Galicia, who is a guest writer for Bleacher Report, thinks the Miami Dolphins will beat the Rams this Sunday by a score of 23-6. He has even come up with 5 reasons why:
1 The Rams have no running game
2 The Miami defensive line is tougher than the Rams offensive line
3 Miami’s run defense and running game is better than the Rams
4 The Rams can’t handle Miami’s balanced offense
5 The Rams are not good on the road
Ok, let’s break this down Rams style:
1 On first pass he is correct. However, Rams starting running back Steven Jackson has been nursing a groin injury since game 1 against the Detroit Lions. Unlike last week, Steven is nowhere to be found on the Rams injury report. He participated in practice all week long. And since it was recently announced that SJ has had a contract renegotiation with the Rams, he is basically playing in a contract year. With a slow start to the season, SJ has something to prove. Plus the Jackson and Richardson tandem has been seen stealing the clock away from Rams opponents. Our running game may prove more difficult to contain than expected.
2 Yes, this is also true on first pass, but our O-line has been getting the job done. The last 2 games we’ve played extremely tough D-lines and sportscasters everywhere have bet against us (even Kurt Warner stabbed Rams fans in the heart). The Rams did give up 3 sacks last week (which is our weekly average), but last time I checked we sacked the Cardinals 9 times. Our O-line is pulling together and playing extremely tough football. We definitely got the better side of the Smith/Hunter trade. Against Miami our offensive line will get the job done.
3 Once again this is true on first pass (Galicia is good at pointing out the obvious), but Miami is not a great rushing team. They are good, but not great. They only have about 200 more rushing yards than the Rams and RB Reggie Bush’s backup Daniel Thomas is probably not going to play on Sunday (concussion) so the Rams will be able to tee off on Reggie. Another reason the Rams running defense hasn’t been that good is because star defensive tackle Michael Brockers has been out with a high ankle sprain. He played last week and should be almost completely healthy this Sunday. I’m sure he’s looking forward to introducing himself to Reggie. Plus the Rams red zone and goal line defense is playing extremely tough. They aren’t giving away easy points.
4 Who says Miami has a balanced offense? Yes for the season Miami has attempted 169 passing plays and 169 rushing plays, but let me help you out a little here. Attempts do not equate to yards. Miami has earned 1186 yards passing (and we have a very tough pass defense) while they have only earned 681 yards rushing (again not that many more than the Rams). So Miami fans, you are fooling yourselves if you think your offense is ‘balanced’.
5 Ok, you win on this one. The Rams are not very good on the road. All I can say is Jeff Fisher. Coach Fisher is the Master of preparation. I listened to his press conference on Monday and he is aware of the playing conditions (weather) and will make sure our guys are in shape for the contest. He has also been the great motivator since joining the Rams and is hungry to get his first road win.
In addition to the above, I’d like to add a few points on my position that the Rams will win.
1 23-6 is ridiculous. Even if the Rams were to struggle, Greg Zuerlein will kick 4 field goals and that’s 12 points right there. If he gets the wind at his back he might even break a few records.
2 The Rams are hungry and improving every game. There is no getting around it, an injury to Danny Amendola is a blow to the Rams. However, the Rams offensive scheme is solid and as long as the Rams make efforts to stretch the field (which they did beautifully against the Cardinals) other receivers (Smith or Gibson) are able to step into the slot position and do equal damage.
3 The Rams are 3-2. The Dolphins are 2-3. There’s a reason for that.
Final Score Rams 23 – Miami 17