Originally posted on Finatics  |  Last updated 9/16/12

Before:

The big issue that I see this week is Tannehill and the tipped passes that cost the Dolphins the upset of the week in Week 1 against Houston. I still believe that despite the score the Dolphins were still in it and take away the four turnovers in the 2nd quarter and it's a different game. Can the coaches correct Tannehill to look for open passing lanes, maybe by added a rolling pocket? Can the offensive line improve and provide better support for the rookie?

I thought that it was interesting for Coach Philbin to focus on the home crowd this week, and in the home opener the ability to not sell out was a bit of a concern for him (remember in Green Bay that was never an issue). I thought his statements were very candid that the responsibility rests on BOTH the fans and the players, that each side feeds on the other. We have been moving in the wrong direction regarding stadium momentum over the last three years, a home opener win over the Raiders will be big to reverse this direction.

Nearly all "experts" pick the Dolphins to win today, and of course I feel the same way. The Raiders are coming off a Monday night loss and a short week. Carson Palmer really doesn't have the talent at wide receivers to help him. Another intangible is the Dolphins' throwback weekend, with player from the '72 perfect season distributing caps at the gates. Let's hope the caps hold water well, as the rain has been on and off before kickoff. Spirits are high, and the fans and players are ready. Will the perfect season players or maybe Shula address the 2012 team in the locker room?

More after the game....

 

 

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