Ryan Tannehill Win in New Orleans on Monday Night
After going 3-0 and surprising NFL critics (including me), Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins have proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in the AFC. What has surprised me about these Dolphins has been their ability to keep games close, whether it has been through their secondary, or through Ryan Tannehill and their offense, which has averaged about 25 points-per-game so far this season. With the exception of week one, the Dolphins have run the ball quite well, with RBs Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller combining for 191 yards and 2 TDs over the past two games against the formidible defenses of the Falcons and Colts. However, the main focal point for this Miami team has been Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Passing Game. Over the first three games, Tannehill has thrown for an average of 275 yards-per-game passing along with at least 1 touchdown. A huge improvement from his rookie season when the former Aggie only threw for over 275 twice, once vs. the Cards and the other vs. the Colts. If Tannehill can sustain this type of play against the Saints recalibrated defense, the Dolphins can do anything in this game. In the past 3 games, the 3-0 Saints have only allowed 38 points to opposing offenses, incredible considering how they were the worst defense in the history of the NFL last season. For the Dolphins to pull this win out, which I think they will, Tannehill will have to be absolutely dynamite to compete with Drew Brees and the Saints unstoppable passing game. Look for a shootout in the Big Easy, as Tannehill and Brees will both combine for over 800 yards passing.