8:30 PM ET, September 30, 2013
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill believes his team got the best of Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan the past two weeks, and now the QB and his team are cautiously optimistic about their next — and perhaps most difficult — test of the early football season against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
YouWager experts believe both teams are looking to go 4-0 and they will meet tonight at the Superdome.
After four straight losing football seasons and one playoff appearance in the previous 11, the Dolphins are 3-0 for the first time since 2002.
Miami finished 9-7 that season, but did not make the NFL playoffs.
This year the Dolphins are grounded and focused. The team is also less preoccupied with past difficulties than with trying to win their first four games for the first time since 1995.
Miami has already shown their mettle with a 24-20 victory versus the Indianapolis Cults in Week 2, as well as a rally from a 10-point second-half deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-23 last Sunday.
The 25 year-old Tannehill recorded his first last-minute comeback win versus Atlanta when he engineered a 13-play, 75-yard drive he capped with a 1-yard TD pass to rookie tight end Dion Sims with 38 seconds remaining.
Miami as well as their fans hope they’ve made enough improvement this week to end both trends as they face a resurgent Saints’ defense, which has helped the team to its best start since going 13-0 during its Super Bowl-winning season of 2009.
After giving up an NFL-worst 440.1 yards and 28.4 points per contest while coach Sean Payton served his year-long suspension in 2012, New Orleans is currently among the NFL leaders with 295.7 yards and 12.7 points a game. Payton back is back on the sideline, but the defense has changed with new coordinator Rob Ryan switching the unit to a 3-4 scheme.
The Saints allowed an 80-yard touchdown drive to open the game versus the Cardinals last Sunday, then forced eight punts and recorded two interceptions on the Cardinals’ next 10 possessions in a 31-7 win.