With game 1 against our biggest opponent of the season I was wondering how does everyone feel about next weeks game? Personally I am mixed. I have hope and pessimism.
Depending on where you look the early vegas line has us a 4 1/2-5 point underdog.
In my opinion going into game 1 the Dolphins have more uncertainty than any season in the recent past. The beauty of football is every season there is a team that no one expected to do well plays above expectations. Last season Philly went from 4-12 the previous season to 10-6 last season. Arizona went from 5-11 to 10-6, and Kansas City went from 2-14 to 11-5.
Going into week 1 I look at the Dolphins and we have a new offensive Coordinator, we have 5 new starting Oline, a new starting RB, 3 new starting defensive backs, our OLB was moved to ILB and our ILB was moved to OLB, and our running stopping NT was replaced with a unknown quantity, add to that we have a developing QB who is entering his 3rd season which is historically the season QB's improve the most.
After seeing Philly turn their season completely around with the hiring of a new coach and changing philosophy their is reason for hope. In my opinion our defense carried us last season to a mediocre season, our offense dragged us under, my biggest concern besides the offense being once again horrible is replacing Patterson/Carroll with Finnegan. Finnegan was horrible last season and if plays like he did last season we are likely to regress and not improve on our 8-8 record.
Because of so much change I would think we are likely to start off slow, I am not happy unless we win but if we come out and battle New England I will feel optimistic. Last season Carroll and Grimes shut down Brady until injuries forced backups into the game. Can we expect that kind of defense again against Brady?