Zach inactive, live blogging during the game
This is a big day for the Dolphins defense. Today will tell us if there is any hope for this unit this year or if the decline is in full bloom. Why?
No. 1 The Raiders come into today wanting/expecting to run the ball. The Dolphins come into today wanting/expecting to stop the run. The Dolphins MUST impose their will on Oakland in this fundamental strategic portion of the game in order to give the Dolphins a chance to win.
No. 2 Daunte Culpepper starts for Oakland. He is a statue. So the Dolphins, which have been poor at applying pressure to the quarterback, should be able to do it against Culpepper. If they cannot do it today, they simply won't be able to do it this year.
No. 3 Defensive coordinator Dom Capers will blitz and zone blitz more today than he has all season. It's about time. The players must convince Capers they can be trusted so he'll continue to do this.
No. 4 Zach Thomas will not play today. He is inactive. Channing Crowder has to step up. It's a big day for him.