The Miami Dolphins are in good position to be able to get a bounce-back win and remain in the hunt for the 2012 NFL playoffs. They host the Tennessee Titans. This is the 3rd time this season that the Titans enter a game on a 2-game losing streak. The previous 2 times they pulled out 3 point upset victories over the Detroit Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers. One of those games had Jake Locker at the QB spot, while the other had Matt Hasselbeck.
Locker has not played since September 30. He is back at practice and word is that barring a setback he will indeed be the QB that the struggling Dolphins secondary will face this weekend.
If Locker does start it will be just his 5th NFL start. He is 1-3 as a starter, and in his 2 road starts he has only completed 1 of those games and he only led the team to 10 points in that game.
The Dolphins secondary was lit up last weekend by Andrew Luck, but (all due respect) Locker is no Luck. Miami yields an average of 298 passing yards per game which is just barely better than the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for worst in the NFL.
In his career Locker has 8 TDs and 2 INTs. He was showing signs of progress so it is too bad that his 2012 was derailed with injury. I hope he can get back to his progression, but I hope he gets back to it starting week 12! (next week the Titans are on their bye).
Hasselbeck has played in over 200 NFL games, but just 1 of those were vs the Dolphins. In 2001 the Dolphins beat Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawks 24-20.
We know the Titans want to run the football, Chris Johnson can be awesome. The WR group is decent-at-best. Teams are passing for 1st downs vs this Miami secondary, a lot. Regardless who QBs this weekend we know the ‘Phins need to pay attention to Kendall Wright on 3rd down. Nate Washington and Kenny Britt are also contributing on 3rd down, but Wright has 19 catches on 3rd down which doubles anyone else. Locker looks for Wright a tad more than Hasselbeck does.
If the rumors are accurate then the Dolphins will have to deal with the #8 overall pick in the 2011 draft (ironically Miami took Tannehill with this years #8 overall pick). Locker should develop to be a good QB, but I think the Dolphins secondary can have a bounce-back game this weekend regardless who is QBing the Titans.
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