TDS Merit Power Rankings: Week 8

Denver Broncos
Philadelphia Eagles
Arizona Cardinals
New England Patriots
Detroit Lions
San Diego Chargers
Seattle Seahawks
Green Bay Packers
Dallas Cowboys
Indianapolis Colts
Cincinnati Bengals
San Francisco 49ers
Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers
Baltimore Ravens
Buffalo Bills
Kansas City Chiefs
Pittsburgh Steelers
Miami Dolphins
Houston Texans
New York Giants
New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons
Minnesota Vikings
Washington Redskins
St. Louis Rams
Cleveland Browns
Tennessee Titans
New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Oakland Raiders 

TDS Weekly Predictions: Week 8

Match up Prediction
San Diego Chargers 23
Denver Broncos 27
Detroit Lions 24
Atlanta Falcons 23
Minnesota Vikings 26
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24
Buffalo Bills 23
New York Jets 22
Chicago Bears 22
New England Patriots 29
Seattle Seahawks 30
Carolina Panthers 28
Miami Dolphins 26
Jacksonville Jaguars 22
Baltimore Ravens 28
Cincinnati Bengals 24
Houston Texans 23
Tennessee Titans 22
St. Louis Rams 21
Kansas City Chiefs 30
Philadelphia Eagles 25
Arizona Cardinals 26
Indianapolis Colts 27
Pittsburgh Steelers 24
Cleveland Browns 25
Oakland Raiders 22
Green Bay Packers 28
New Orleans Saints 26
Washington Redskins 21
Dallas Cowboys 30

The saysMikey Post Game Rap: The Dolphins vs Da Bears

We finally went out and played a “normal” game against Chicago and were dominating on both sides of the ball. In my Game Preview, I pointed out four keys to victory for us to win the game. 1) Putting points on the board first and early, 2) Putting a lot of pressure on Cutler, 3) Win the turnovers battle, and 4) have a good coaching game on both sides of the ball. We put up points in every quarter in this balanced performance scoring first and never really being challenged after that. We allowed only 224 total yds. and the Bears managing just a meager 4.6 yds/catch. Most impressively The Dolphins forced 3 turnovers that included 2 fumble recoveries and 1 interception off of Cutler. The coaching and playing was on spot the entire game with where we racked up 393 yds. vs. 224 for The Bears as Cutler was held in check for the most of the game.

Ryan Tannehill scored a fist half passer rating of 155.1 and finished the game at 123.6 going 25-32 and 256 yds. The running game was solid if not outstanding and the defense was stifling for most of the game. My game MVP, however was the coaching staff. No playing not to lose which I was really looking at closely after the early leads we held. The defensive scheme was very solid allowing The Bears only 52 yds on the ground as were the special teams with the exception of 2 Caleeb Sturgis field goals misses. Special Cudos to Rashad Jones on his 50 yd. return on his interception also. The Coaching staff never looked timid in their play calling and the O even converted on 2 of 3 4th down calls.

So how did I grade out The team? The Offense: B+, The Defense B+, and Special teams a C with the 2 Sturgis misses. An honorable mention goes to Ryan Tannedhill for game MVP, but the nod goes to the Coaching staff with an A- rating with an excellent game on the road. Our next stop is in Jacksonville and let’s put a little butter on this roll! Yours truly, saysMikey.

Ryan Tannehill: Where Does He Stack Up?

Ryan Tannehill is in a critical year as he will at season’s end put the Dolphins in a position to make a decision about his future, do they pick up a 5th year option or shop in the draft for another QB? Or do they shell out the big bucks and lock Ryan up for the next 4-5 years?

This is not an easy decision as Ryan has not really taken this opportunity and made the decision easy for the Dolphins as his accuracy leadership and play has lead this team to a 2-3 record in a year that should be his breakout season.

I wrote an article about who was Ryan Tannehill’s competition was and I tied him to his peers most of whom were drafted the same year as Ryan (

  1. Andrew Luck
  2. Philip Rivers
  3. Aaron Rodgers
  4. Jay Cutler
  5. Peyton Manning
  6. Matt Ryan
  7. Colin Kaepernick
  8. Tom Brady
  9. Joe Flacco
  10. Russell Wilson
  11. Matthew Stafford
  12. Tony Romo
  13. Cam Newton
  14. Eli Manning
  15. Nick Foles
  16. Drew Brees
  17. Ben Roethlisberger
  18. Kirk Cousins
  19. Geno Smith
  20. Andy Dalton
  21. Ryan Tannehill
  22. Brian Hoyer
  23. Alex Smith
  24. Austin Davis
  25. Ryan Fitzpatrick

I decided to broaden the scope and take a look at the top 25 QB’s according to the rankings of FF numbers and here is how they stack up to date.

As you can see Ryan is currently ranked 21st in the league according to FF numbers. If you look at the NFL stats below for QB rankings he lands around the same spot as he is ranked 23rd

1 Andrew Luck
2 Matt Ryan
3 Philip Rivers
4 Tom Brady
5 Jay Cutler
6 Nick Foles
7 Joe Flacco
8 Ben Roethlisberger
9 Matthew Stafford
10 Drew Brees
11 Kirk Cousins
12 Peyton Manning
13 Tony Romo
14 Colin Kaepernick
15 Aaron Rodgers
16 Austin Davis
16 Geno Smith
18 Eli Manning
19 Ryan Fitzpatrick
20 Cam Newton
21 Andy Dalton
22 Brian Hoyer
23 Ryan Tannehill
24 Alex Smith
25 Derek Carr

Ryan is not making the best case for a contract extension and in fact where he currently ranks in the mid 20’s it begs the question should Miami even invest anymore time in Tannehill? We have the next 10 weeks to come to a final conclusion on what Miami should do with Ryan. If he continues to rank in the 20’s and if this Dolphins team should end up out of the playoffs again this season I know for sure extending his contract beyond a possible 5th year option is out of the question and should Miami be in search of a new HC and GM will the window close on Tannehill’s Dolphin career?

There is still time to turn things around but the one game this year that Ryan played more than adequate in London against the lowly Raiders needs to happen more in the next 10 weeks or his future as the Dolphins starter will be in question.

What do you think, is Tannehill the answer long term? Chime in!

Lamar Miller Coming Into His Own!

It would be an oversight if I did not mention the play of Lamar Miller this 2014 season as Miller is having a career year and I contribute much of it to the wisdom of Denis Hickey as he brought in some legitimate competition during training camp and I feel that pushed Miller to step up his game and the Dolphins are the beneficiary of this as well as Miller.

I was not happy when Miami let Reggie Bush go and for good reason because Lamar Miller was not ready to step in and be our full-time running back and he was not at the level of the veteran Reggie Bush. I still wish he were in Miami but I do feel that Lamar Miller has started to close the gap between not only Reggie Bush, but just about any RB in the NFL.

Lamar currently ranks 14th in the NFL in rushing with 330 yards rushing. Demarco Murray is the top rusher with 785 yards rushing to date. But if you look closely you will notice something. Miller is averaging 5.2 yards per carry and Murray is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Murray has 159 rushing attempts to Miller’s 63, now you can look at it two ways with more carries will that hurt or improve Miller’s stats?

One thing is for sure Miller is having a very solid season and if he remains healthy he will end up with over 1000 yards rushing this season. Miami has displayed a very good rushing attack and with Moreno out for the season it would seem that Miller will get more touches along with maybe the young back Damien Williams. Daniel Thomas also is back but I am not holding out any hope for him because we have seen what we can expect from Thomas.

The good thing is I have Miller on my FF League team and he’s done well for me this season so I knew he was doing a good job for some time.

I feel Miami should add to his carries per game as Miller has not only run better but his blocking has improved and he is a rising young back with a bright future ahead of him.

This is truly a great story as Miller is a home town born in Florida and went to the University of Miami and now in his 3rd season is etching out a good name for himself and now the Dolphins need to find more ways to involve this talented speedy RB as the sky is the limit as Lamar Miller is truly coming into his own.

TDS FFL Update: Week 6

Well once again SaysMikey won and remains the only undefeated team in the league his modesty will not allow him to gloat but I am proud of my colleague and despite being his latest victim it was a much closer battle than I would have expected but I went down again and now find myself one loss away from being the worst team in the league. It is obvious I am not using my Seer abilities to dominate the league this year and just like the Miami Dolphins I have some issues with the coaching decisions of TDS FF team and I am thinking about firing Markeyh at season’s end but I have a dilemma I need to get past, if I fire the coach how will TDS survive?

Well here is the latest standings after week 6 this is truly the best season of all the seasons and it would be better if at least 3 or 4 team owners actually took care of their teams.

Hopefully next year some of our readers will take a chance and join the league as we are truly having fun. Yes, even with my poor showing I have enjoyed the games.

1 saysMikey 6 0 0
2 No Name Dolphins 5 1 0
3 marks browns 5 1 0
4 steelreserve414 4 2 0
5 Dolphin babe 3 3 0
6 Bucco Bruce 3 3 0
7 killerB’s 3 3 0
8 Crickets 2 4 0
9 Broward Panthers 2 4 0
10 daquan 2 4 0
11 TDS 1 5 0
12 Walkers Cowboys 0 6 0

When Conservatism Goes Wrong!

The Dolphins lost last Sunday’s game to the Packers because of a fundamental flaw in thinking and philosophy as time and time again we see from Joe Philbin a conservative personality that is reflected on the field as Miami took the conservative road at just about every crucial decision. Playing not to lose almost always keep your opponent in the game and gives them a shot to win.

I would rather they take some calculated chances and go for it as opposed to trying to avoid taking a chance only to fall victim to what happened in Sundays heartbreaking loss.

This is not some hindsight view of the game as I disagreed with the decisions at the very time they were called so let’s look at these crucial points in the game and what I feel would have been the right call vs. the decision made on the field.

I had no major problem with the decision early in the game to go for the TD on 4th down the problem was having to be in that position after having blocked the punt, and getting the ball first and 10 on the 16 yard line.

Play One: Poor blocking on the first play on a quick out to Mike Wallace no gain!

Play Two: Knowshon Moreno run left pick up 3 yards.

Play Three: Throw complete to Landry for a first down on the 4 yard line!!!

Play Four: Knowshon Moreno run left pick up 3 yards First and Goal on about the one yard line!

Play Five: Knowshon Moreno up the middle ( Satele abused and push back off the line ) NO GAIN!

Play Six: Incomplete pass to Hartline on 3rd and goal at the one…..(Should have stayed with the run on that down and then pass or run on fourth down or how about the one play that seems to always work that close to the goal line the QB sneak?

This is where I contend having Pouncey at guard was a mistake and the very next play at  4th and goal they once again hand off to Moreno up the middle where the entire offensive line was pushed back as the Packers Defense got great penetration including our center! 

The first call that I totally was opposed to was starting Mike Pouncey at right guard when he is an established PRO BOWL CENTER. The Dolphins paid heavily for that decision as on the short goal line stops by the Packers I noticed Samson Satele being pushed back into our RB’s time and time again.

This is a very questionable decision and from my vantage point I felt Miami would have been better off having Pouncey man his established position. I do not know what is in store in the future games but Pouncey has established himself as a top center in the game and to not have him at that position is FLAWED thinking! All decisions are the responsibility of Joe Philbin and that is where the buck stops.

Another decision that was made in the game was to have Brent Grimes play Jordy Nelson one on one when it was a total mismatch no matter how good Brent is he was being abused by the much taller Jordy Nelson time and time again you could see that the Packers loved that matchup and went after Grimes with great success. Jordy Nelson ended up with 9 catches for 107 yards and the game winning TD. The Bears wide-outs are both tall receivers and I feel we will have a problem Sunday with one or both.

Now on to the other perplexing calls I know it is easy to say that any call that is made is only a bad call when it does not work and I agree to a certain extent but when the decisions are time and time again the wrong call you have to question the person making the calls and Joe Philbin through his own admission said he was queasy and took the safe route on his calls.

The first one that I totally disagreed with was just before the half when Miami had the ball on the Packers 43 yard line with 30 seconds before the half and 4th  and 3, in my mind it was an easy call with just 30 seconds to go, go for it!   What’s the worst that could happen? The good far outweighed the bad and our Defense is capable of containing the Packers for the reaming 20 something seconds if they had failed to make the first down but the score could have been 10-6 going into the half if not 10 -10 with a deep pass to the end zone with the possibility of a pass interference call but the fundamental thinking of our head coach is conservative so they punt the ball and go into the half and regroup…just like the KC game we lost! This is a pattern!

Philbin’s explanation? : “I wanted to get to the locker room, keep it a one-possession game. It’s fourth-and-three at midfield. The wind is blowing that way pretty strong. I even felt like they might be able to kick it long distance. Their kicker has a strong leg. “

If I recall correctly this was the same reasoning he had in an earlier loss….

This team is by far one of the more talented teams in the league and it is the coaching that has hampered them from being better than the average to below average record we have endured during Joe Philbin’s time and as much as I like Joe Philbin the man I am disenchanted with Joe Philbin the coach and his conservative ways.

The Dolphins are inching closer to my magic number of 6 losses and if/when that happens I will be talking not only the 2015 NFL Draft but also who the next head coach will be.

Stay Tuned!


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