1. Continue putting pressure on Ryan Tannehill
The Cardinals pass rush has been great through the first three games of the season. They have 12 sacks, good for second best in the entire league, and many QB rushes and hits. The most remarkable thing about it is that they are doing it a lot of time without blitzing and solely with their defensive line. Tannehill has struggled to start the season, which was to be expected considering the lack of options he has to throw to and the fact that he didn’t have a lot of starts in college at Texas A&M. Look for Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton to give the rookie lots of different looks to confuse him and not get him in a comfort zone.
2. Contain Reggie Bush
Earlier in the week, it didn’t look like Bush was going to play today, but the former USC running back is “schedule” to play, according to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. La Canfora said that the only way Bush won’t play is if an issue occurs during warmups. Really the only reason why the Dolphins have been able to move the ball on offense this season has been Bush. Through three contests, Bush already has more than 300 yards on the ground, average six yards per carry. He also has 10 receptions as well. If Arizona’s D can keep Bush from having a big week, it is hard to see Miami pulling out a win on the road against frankly a Cardinals squad that is a better football team right now.
3. Other players stepping up because of key injuries
Unlike the first three weeks, the Birds are pretty banged up this week. Darnell Dockett, LaRod-Stephens Howling and Todd Heap are all expected to sit out with the next game on Thursday against the Rams. Adrian Wilson, who sat out last week, is questionable with a couple of different injuries. Beanie Wells is expected to miss at least the next eight weeks because of a turf toe injury. With Wells and the Hyphen out, one of William Powell or Alfonso Smith will get touches behind starter Ryan Williams. Powell has yet to have a carry on the season and Smith was just signed during the week. Veterans Vonnie Holliday and Nick Eason will step in to get snaps with Dockett out. With Heap out for the second straight week, Jeff King and Rob Housler will split time at tight end. Most of these guys will have to play well in order for Arizona to get to 4-0.