Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Just when you thought the NFL couldn't be more unpredictable...the Miami Dolphins tidal wave into Foxboro and hand the Patriots there worse loss ever in Gillette Stadium. Wining for just the second time in their last 22 games, the Dolphins pounded, dismantled the team of the century-the Tom Bradyless New England Patriots.
Joey Porter ran his mouth, and you can bet Bill Parcells wasn't too happy. But Porter became the second Patriots' opponent in their last 4 games to not back down and call out the Pats, back his talk and beat them. Of course we all remember Plaxico Burress.
Honestly, I'm not overly surprised Miami beat New England. I had the Dolphins covering the 12 1/2 point spread. I am surprised about the ass whooping! And dam! I loved every bit about it.
And the most surprising part of the woodshed beat down? Bill Belichick's mastermind not being able to stop a college formation. Not once, not twice, not thrice, but five freakin times! Ronnie Brown is basically the only scoring threat on Miami's team. Who else did you think was going to get the ball?
And I couldn't help but think this offense was so familiar. Of course! How soon can we forget the Arkansas Razorbacks going into LSU's Death Valley on the last week of the regular season and at the time knocking out LSU's title hopes with the offensive overtime thriller.
Darren McFadden ring a bell? How about David Lee? David Lee was was the offensive coordinator for that Arkansas team that dismantled one of the nation's quickest defense. And now Lee is the quarterback's coach for the Dolphins. What a brilliant game plan!
And I still can't believe the Dolphins pulled it off 5 times!
Ronnie Brown was the star of the show finishing with 113 yards on 17 rushes, 4 rushing TD's and 1 passing TD. If you're scoring at home, that's roughly 40-50 fantasy points for one player! The funny thing? Probably half of the fantasy owners with Brown failed to start him!
I'm sure we can expect to see this "Razorback" formation more often down the road for the Dolphins and in the NFL overall. Maybe the Raiders are taking notes. JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden running this offense could be lethal.
I'm sure everyone's saying, "We've seen it now. We can figure out how to stop it." But the formation is a triple threat. Brown showed he can run the direct snap, pass the ball, or even hand the ball off. It's shown that with the right talent, the "Razorback" can confuse even the most talented defenses.
Way to go Miami! Finally something for Dolphans to cheer about and now a little hope for the rest of the season.