The Cardinals won that game in 2008 by a 31-10 score and actually led 31-3 until late in the game. That was the year they wound up making it to the Super Bowl and middle linebacker
Arizona enters this game at 3-0 and as one of only four unbeaten teams in the National Football League, while Miami is coming off of a heartbreaking overtime loss to the New York Jets last week at Sun Life Stadium that dropped its record to 1-2. Both defenses have started strong and each team has a signature playmaker on offense, so there are plenty of key matchups and intangibles to keep an eye on.
Five Things To Watch:
1. How effective will Miami’s rushing attack be against a suspect Arizona run defense – This is strength against weakness as the Dolphins bring the league’s fourth-ranked ground attack into University of Phoenix Stadium to face the Cardinals’ 17th-ranked run defense. Miami, behind
2. Who will step up in the Dolphins secondary when tasked with covering Cardinals Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald – After being held to just one catch by the New England Patriots in Week 2, Fitzgerald caught nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 27-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Cornerback
3. What will Miami’s punt coverage unit on special teams to keep Arizona’s dangerous punt returner, Patrick Peterson, penned in – Peterson grew up in Fort Lauderdale and played locally at Pompano Beach-Ely High School so he’d like nothing better than to take one back for a touchdown against his former team. He managed to do that four times last year as a rookie, so Dolphins punter
4. How will Dolphins rookie quarterback
5. Will Karlos Dansby use the emotions that come with his return to Arizona as a spark to produce big plays on defense – Dansby had some of the most memorable moments of his career in a Cardinals uniform in this stadium and he is eager to create more against his former team. Dansby talked about how close he came to intercepting two passes last week against the Jets and should be fueled by the road environment and the chance to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season.