It certainly was as a tough Sunday for the Miami Dolphins. Despite leading for all but three minutes of their Week Three match-up with the New York Jets, the Dolphins were unable to close the deal and instead were beat in overtime by their AFC East rival 23-20. Additionally, the Dolphins lost its main offensive weapon, running back Reggie Bush, to a knee injury that could keep him sidelined for several weeks.
What had the looks of being a great Sunday for the Dolphins instead turned into heartbreak. Next up for Miami is a trip to Arizona to take on the undefeated Cardinals, who are an early 6.5-point home favorite over the 1-2 Dolphins. The over/under was listed at 40.5 point as of Monday.
The loss of Bush could be huge for a Dolphins rushing attack that is averaging 175.7 yards a game and ranks 4th in the NFL after three weeks. It may require rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill to take more chances through the air and may not be such a good thing, especially against a top-flight defense like the Cardinals.
On the other side of the ball, Miami has the third-ranked run defense but its pass coverage has been another matter entirely. Through the first three weeks the Dolphins are giving up 309 yards a game through the air , which ranks 29 of 32 NFL teams. Now they must find a way to collar one of the best receivers in the league in Larry Fitzgerald and a quarterback in Kevin Kolb who received a major boost in confidence by beating his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday.
As for Week Four’s NFL picks, the Cardinals have emerged as one of the better teams in the league and get a team in the Dolphins that have to be reeling following Sunday’s developments. But this is the NFL, and as we’ve seen already this year anything can happen. Don’t be so quick to dismiss the Dolphins this week.