Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/26/12

The 1-2 Miami Dolphins will look to derail the Arizona Cardinals' undefeated season on Sunday at The University of Phoenix stadium in Arizona.

The Dolphins are coming off a heartbreaking 23-20 OT loss to the Jets at home.

Running back Reggie Bush was forced to leave the game with a knee injury and his status for this week's matchup against the Cardinals is uncertain.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill failed to throw for 200 yards for the first time in his young NFL career.

He will look to get back on track this week, but may find it difficult versus the Cardinals' 7th ranked passing defense.

The Cardinals are looking to go 4-0 for the first time since 1974.

Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals just finished knocking off the 2-0 Eagles at home last week, and rode a strong defensive performance that saw Michael Vick get sacked five times. The Cardinals will need to play solid defense again, as they enter this week ranked 31st in the NFL in total yardage on offense.

Here are a few things that will happen in Sunday's game that may surprise you...

The Dolphins will win the game.

The Cardinals are favored by a touchdown, which means nobody expects the Dolphins to put up much of a fight. The Cardinals looked really good last week, but they were facing an overrated Eagles squad that won its previous two match ups by a total of two points.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins nearly beat the 2-1 Jets, and that was without the Dolphins' star player, Reggie Bush, for most of the game. The Dolphins and their 3rd ranked rushing defense will be able to put the clamps on Arizona's miserable rushing attack, forcing Kevin Kolb into unfavorable passing situations. This will ultimately end badly for the Cardinals as Kolb has been an interception machine in the past.

Kevin Kolb will throw for less yardage and more interceptions than Ryan Tannehill.

To this point in the season, the Dolphins have faced top rated pass defenses in the Texans (4th) and Jets (11th), which has made Tannehill look a lot worse than he really is. Meanwhile, the Cardinals' secondary has had the luxury of taking on the Seahawks, who are ranked dead last in the NFL in passing, along with a struggling Michael Vick.

Kolb, who was benched to start the year in favor of John Skelton, has not been successful since joining the Cardinals. Tannehill will have his best game yet, while Kolb is forced to throw into tight coverage all day.

Daniel Thomas will rush for over 100 yards.

Reggie Bush is questionable for this game and hasn't practiced all week. There is word that his knee is still swollen and he won't return to practice until the swelling has gone down. Given his injury history, the Dolphins will probably let him rest this week, which bodes well for Daniel Thomas.

Thomas rushed for 69 yards last week versus the Jets and will get a chance to run against the Cardinals 17th ranked rushing defense. 

By the time this one is over, expect a Miami win on the road by a score of 21-17, and ultimately ending Arizona's undefeated season.

 



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