Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati, the Dolphins will face the challenge of trying to slow down and contain two of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL. How can they stop them? Leave it to our resident cornerback to explain. Former Dolphin Sam Madison is about to take you on a defensive journey and into the world of the diva receivers to let you know what Miami needs to do…
Guest Blog, by Sam Madison
Chad Ochocino will be in rare form this Sunday, playing against his hometown team with all his family watching. There will be lots of trash talking and plenty of challenges thrown out between the Bengals wide outs and the Dolphins DB’s. Ochocinco is not the leading receiver for the Bengals thanks in large part to bad chemistry with Carson Palmer in this first half of the season, but that can turn around very quickly with just the work ethic of Chad and Carson both wanting to be great. The Miami Dolphins defensive backs must jam him off the line of scrimmage. With his precise route running and the speed, he does a great job getting in and out of breaks, so the DB’s have to have great eye placement and be accurate on decision making when they cover him. If you ask #85 if he can be stopped, you will get a “Child Please.” Here comes Vontae Davis!
Terrell Owens has been playing football in the NFL for 15 years. He is just the fifth player to reach 150 touchdowns behind Jerry Rice and Randy Moss, who the Dolphins held without a catch in Week 4. T.O. is third all-time in receiving yards behind Jerry Rice, so if the Miami Dolphins are looking for a challenge this week they will be tested. T.O. has hands(leads the team with 49 receptions), AND T.O. can run after the catch (has a 78 yard TD reception). Getting T.O. out of his game early will be the key to the success of the Fins pass defense. Owens wants and demands the deep ball because he feels no one can cover him. Frustrating him early and getting him out of his game by limiting his catches will be key.
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