The AFC East has been a pleasant surprise in some instances and downright disappointing in other areas. In the first two weeks, every team has a win and by the end of the day, three teams will have at least two wins. Half of the division takes on NFC South teams. The New England Patriots host the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the other game, Miami takes on the Atlanta Falcons in a home game. While they battle, the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets are having a nice contest between rookie quarterbacks.
So far, the Miami Dolphins have lived up to their lofty preseason expectations. Second year quarterback, Ryan Tannehill has elevated his play, and has been the best quarterback in the AFC East. He’s completing 65 percent of his passes for Miami. He’s yet to find the end zone a whole bunch, but the touchdowns may start to accumulate this weekend.
The Dolphins pass defense will be put to the test by Matt Ryan on Sunday. The Falcons are ready to unleash an aerial assault on the league in the coming weeks. That may be good news or bad news. It depends on how one dimensional Atlanta becomes. The loss of Steven Jackson changes Atlanta’s style for a few weeks.
They were already weak in the ground game, so Miami can concentrate on creating pressure with the front four.
For the Dolphins to win, they have to win the time of possession. It will be interesting to see if they can create running lanes. Play action will be very important to offensive consistency on Sunday. The first two games were promising, and a Miami win will be validation of their resurgence.