The undefeated Miami Dolphins will get a chance to shock again as they take on the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. In particular, second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill will have a great opportunity to impress in front of a national television audience in Week 4.
“It’s exciting, I’ve never been a part of it obviously, so it’s something I’m looking forward to,” Tannehill said in regard to playing on MNF, according to MiamiDolphins.com. “It’s going to be a tough environment, expecting a really deafening crowd in New Orleans. We’re going to have to be good, we’re going to have to be crisp with our communication, confident in what we do and just play our game.”
Being good and playing with confidence is what has the rest of the NFL talking about the Dolphins. The way Tannehill orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 is exactly what Miami had in mind when they drafted him.
The 25-year-old has been superior in the red zone this season, which is a big reason why the Dolphins have yet to lose a game. In fact, he leads the league in red-zone touchdown percentage (87.5).
“I don’t know the specific reason, but we practice it a lot, we put a lot of emphasis on it and we know we want to score touchdowns when we get down in the red-zone. If you kick a lot of field goals, you’re giving up four points a time, is the way we look at it. We put a lot of emphasis on getting in the end zone, putting seven points on the board whenever we can, we understand it’s not always going to happen, but we want to have a high percentage of that.”
Obviously, getting in the end zone is something that has to happen against the high-scoring Saints. Miami will have to be flawless in the red zone if they want any chance of coming away with a win.
It will certainly be exciting to see how Tannehill handles sharing the same field as Drew Brees in front of a massive televised audience. Not to mention, all of the mayhem that comes along being an opponent inside the Superdome.