I've been curious how our running game would stack up against the supposedly new and improved Dophin defense. Currently, albeit after only two games, that defense allows 4.1 yards per carry and 103 yards per game. Most of the reasoning for those numbers was the Adrian Peterson show that we all got to watch when they played Minnesota in week two. Arguably (or even logically), the only reason those numbers aren't worse is due to the fact that they played a terrible Bills team whose offensive line couldn't make a hole on the field with a shovel.
Many of the Dolphin fans will try to tell that reasoning for the Peterson gashing was purely due to his greatness. So i decided to check this out for myself to how much water this claim actually held. Check it out for yourself here.
I don't know about you, but I saw maybe two uncanny runs that few others could make. Then again, its hard to tell because of all the piss poor tackling that was happening all over the place. Anyway, the runs that were arguably all AP were: the one where he slips an arm tackle in the backfield, that nearly tripped him up, and would have probably tripped up most other backs, and then scampers through a gaping hole for a big gain; another is when he shrugs off an arm tackle by the NT enroute to another big gain (however, can't tell if it was bad tackling or great running, but bc the NT had such a good angle and had him in his grasp I'll give this one to AP). Some may point to the big hurdle as another example, but he had already run through a big hole for about a 7 yard gain before that, and he could have easily continued to stretch that run to the left rather than hurdling the guy and he would have picked up the same yardage, if not more. There was also a short hurdle he did in the hole on a cut back, but i don't think he even neeeded to hurdle at all on that one, and he probably lost yards because of it.
However, just about all of his runs were due to the Viking O-line dominating the trenches. On most of AP's highlight runs he's flowing through big holes and isn't even touched until he's deep into the 2nd level of the defense. Of particular note is the NT-Center match-up, where-by the NT (the big one) gets absolutely owned on just about every play. This is encouraging since we have the best center in the league (the only man I've ever seen own Kris Jenkins). What is also encouraging is the damage that Peterson was able to do catching the ball out of the backfield (5 catches for 41 yards). Tomlinson is a much more fluid receiving threat, and is more dangerous in space than AP.
The Jets were able to run effectively against two very stout defensive lines that were anchored by two of the most dominant defensive linemen in the league in Ngata and Wilfork. The Jets are currently averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Judging by the way the Dolphins were manhandled across their front seven by the Vikings, coupled with the Jets ability to run very well against stout rushing defenses, it stands to reason that the Jets will be able to with authority in Miami tomorrow.
Greene really seemed to get in rhythm in the 4th quarter of the Pats game, and he imposed his will against Wilfork and company as we were running out the clock with a lead in that game. Even though they knew it was coming, they couldn't slow him down. I think we'll pick up in Miami where we left off against New England. We'll blow them off scrimmage and pound them with Green and gash them with Tomlinson. Ground and pound and pound.