DOLPHINS: No Ronnie Brown, No Problem

No one could have been pleased with the news that star running back Ronnie Brown of the Miami Dolphins would miss the remainder of the season. Off to the best start of his pro bowl career he not only was leading the Dolphins in rushing yards but was the focal point of the team’s Wild Cat offense. His injury spelled certain disaster, right?

Enter Ricky Williams a Brown clone –albeit a bit older, but a former pro bowler himself.

In his first game as a starter in the NFL betting lines in the 2009 season Ricky was vintage Williams as he plowed through a Carolina Panther defense for 122 yards and 3 TDs. Not bad work for a fill-in player. Oh, and the Dolphins happened to win the game as well against a red hot Panthers squad.

So is the Wild Cat dead without the hard running and strong-armed Brown?

The Dolphins have the luxury of depth at running back with two quality runners and Williams is more than capable of stepping up and replacing Brown with equal effect. The problem for the Dolphins is not and has not been the running game. It’s the passing game and a dearth of receiving talent that has killed this team in the NFL lines.

Against middle of the road defenses like Carolinas the Dolphins will continue to get NFL betting odds wins regardless of which back is running the Wild Cat. But against better defenses the team will have to go to the air and most likely the combination of awful receivers and first year starter at QB (Chad Henne) will be their Achilles heel.

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