Drew Brees has thrown eight straight 300-yard games. Image courtesy of scoresreport.com
It’s just three weeks in to the season but it is more than a mild surprise that New Orleans and Miami are both 3-0 heading in to their Week 4 match-up on Tuesday morning (AEST). Not since the legendary Dan Marino and Don Shula were in cohorts almost 20 years ago have the Dolphins started an NFL season 4-0.
Early indications are there is something brewing down in Florida with this group. As a rookie, Ryan Tannehill led the Dolphins to a 7-9 record, but he has really stepped up in his sophomore season. They were down by double digits last week at home to Atlanta, but Miami clawed its way back and Tannehill orchestrated a 13-play touchdown drive with the clock winding down to pull out a 27-23 victory . While running backs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas performed admirably with 90 yards on just 15 carries, the Dolphins’ fortunes still rest with Tannehill and his receivers.
The Saints were awful on defence last year but there are promising signs this season with the group already racking up eight sacks and four picks. Sean Payton’s side has had a soft-ish start to the season, though, with the Falcons, Bucs and Cardinals amassing just two wins between them in the first three weeks of the season.
As always, the man to stop will be Saints QB Drew Brees . He’s currently on an eight-game 300-yard passing streak. The Saints’ offensive line hasn’t done a particularly good job of looking after Brees this season allowing 10 sacks already, but Miami didn’t manage to take Matt Ryan down once all game in last week’s win over the Falcons. Dolphins linemen Paul Soliai and Cameron Wake are expected to miss the clash, further diminishing the visitors’ hopes of pressuring Brees.
The Dolphins are one of the few teams to have a good record at the Superdome. Miami has won four of the last five times the teams have met in Louisiana, including a 10-7 victory when they last met in 2009. The Saints are 15-4 in their last 19 games at home.
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