MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 23: Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs with a catch against Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos at Sun Life Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Looking at the Miami Dolphins offense, Brandon Marshall is the first name that pops out at me. He's the guy you have to stop considering he's probably the best skill player on the team. The Dolphins only have three veteran receivers on the roster for this game and just brought up from the practice squad another mostly-special-teamer receiver so there aren't many offensive options for the Phins.
One of my questions to our Dolphins blog, The Phinsider, earlier this week was to name a defensive player we didn't know but should by the end of the game -- you can see his answer about the defensive player here. I asked the same about an offensive player and his response....
"Brian Hartline," Kevin from The Phinsider said.
"Hartline has developed into a very solid second receiver, and a decent deep threat. Miami has gone away from him a little recently as they try to force feed the ball to Brandon Marshall, but, if Miami is going to have success on offense, they have to come back to Hartline. I think quarterback Matt Moore may turn more of his attention to Hartline, and slot receiver Davone Bess, as Miami looks to find a way to get off this losing streak."
Hartline is in his third year. He has 18 receptions for 257 yards and one touchdown on the year. He has five career touchdowns so past history tells us he's not a major threat to score but he is averaging over 14 yards per catch.
I'd still put most of my focus on Marshall. He's the one that can take over a game. It'll be up to Brandon Flowers to take him out, a task Flowers hasn't really been able to do in previous meetings.