Good news for Dolphins vs. Saints

"The biggest thing for me is intensity", said a forlorn Baltimore defensive co-ordinator Dean Pees.

A handful of Buffalo Bills players could be seen kneeling for the anthem ahead of their game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Dolphins have had a great deal of adversity to overcome in the young season, but they must find a way to overcome the Saints and get a win to reinvigorate their team. Brees getting pressured by the Minnesota Vikings wasn't surprising, but the quarterback getting banged around by the New England Patriots was a concern and the primary reason many people loved the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. Last year they turned the ship around, but this year is a lot harder.

Gase expects the Saints to carry in some extra confidence as a result. "Really, it's going to be about emotion, attitude, and who wants it more".

The defensive side of the ball was not much better as they made veteran Jets quarterback Josh McCown look like a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame so a united response in all phases of the game is required if Miami's season is not going to begin to unravel.

Tight end Josh Hill (concussion) and LB Alex Anzalone (shoulder), also left the game for New Orleans. If you believe the Miami defense will step up yet again, you can shave a few points off the total and take under 46.5 at +128.

"I watch [our defense] play and I watch the effort they play with", Gase said.

Burke implored his corners to be "one step closer", and feels with Xavien Howard particularly, that they achieved that. And with receivers Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn, Jr., on the outside, Drew Brees should have no issues in helping the team move down the field and score touchdowns. The suspension was then reduced to three games following a successful appeal. "Even 'X, ' [Xavien Howard], his two completions that he gave up [against the Jets], he's draped all over the guy", Burke said Thursday. "Everything starts with Number 9". However, Edwards did say that he personally disagrees with kneeling during the anthem and believes "there are more effective ways to go about it". "He's been out for a little bit now". "I get to come home".

Miami has produced just three sacks so far, ranking 30th in the NFL. However, after a 20-0 defeat, in which they were the first team to get shutout in London, there is a definite air of disappointment in the locker room, and a million questions to be asked before they finally get to play in Miami on Sunday.

Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills all took a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner nine days after Trump said that those who fail to stand for the anthem should be "fired".

You can listen to the game on your usual stations - WQAM (560-AM) in Broward and ESPN (106.3-FM) in Palm Beach.

  • Julie Sanders