Offensive game preview vs. San Francisco
The offense was ugly last week in Los Angeles last Sunday. How can Miami put points on the board in week 12 against San Francisco?
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It’s simple. We all know by now that the Miami Dolphins main ingredient for success is running the ball down opponents throat with running back Jay Ajayi.
The concern is that Miami’s famous unicorn unit isn’t intact. Branden Albert wants to play this week but he tore ligaments in his wrist not even two weeks ago. Mike Pouncey might play Sunday but as we found out last week that could change any minute. And Laremy Tunsil is still a big question mark.
Even while missing all three of those starters most of the game last Sunday, Ajayi still managed to average 4.8 yards per carry, totaling 77 yards on the ground against a stout run defense.
Looking at the San Francisco 49ers run defense all signs point towards success not only for Ajayi but all of Miami’s running backs.
A fellow Twitter follower of mine shared this yesterday:
The 49ers are allowing 5.87 YPC to opposing starting RBs this year according to my calc’s. 100+ yard rushers in 8 of last 9 games. Yikes pic.twitter.com/EVphh3WZBS
— BrianCat (@BrianCat13) November 23, 2016
Although the 49ers held Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson to just 55 yards a couple weeks ago they’re clearly not prepared to hold opposing backs intact.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s responsibility will be to control the clock while protecting the ball at all costs. He’s done just that throughout the five-game win streak.
The weather looks great for Miami’s offense to succeed. As of today (Wednesday, November 23rd) weather.com is reporting a high of 77 degrees with only a 20% chance of rain.
Protect the ball and utilize the ground attack is how Miami gets to 7-4.