PFF Preview: Dolphins @ Lions, Week 10
Coming off a terrific blowout win against the San Diego Chargers, the 5-3 Miami Dolphins will travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions, coming off their bye week.
Calvin Johnson is healthy and will return this week for Detroit. That is bad news for anyone on the Lions’ schedule for the rest of the season. One of the NFL’s premier threats, Johnson has earned a +3.4 Receiving grade in five games (and only three playing his usual number of snaps) this season. Averaging a solid 2.23 Yards per Route Run, expect Johnsons’ numbers across the board to rise significantly. Don’t undervalue Golden Tate’s contributions, though. In his first year with the Lions, Tate ranks eighth among wide receivers in Yards per Route Run (2.56), fourth in receptions (55) and 12th in receiving grade (+3.8).
Despite the challenge ahead, the Dolphins are confident that their stingy defense, and particularly their secondary, will be able to up to the task. Cornerback Brent Grimes has been his usual self, allowing opposing quarterbacks to earn a 57.4 QB Rating when throwing into his coverage, while intercepting four passes as well. Safety Reshad Jones has also been solid in pass coverage since returning from his suspension. Jones has only allowed four receptions when in primary coverage and is ninth among safeties with 37.8 Coverage Snaps per Reception.
Here are three more notable numbers for each side:
Cameron Wake – leads all 4-3 defensive ends with a +25.6 pass rush grade and 38 total quarterback pressures.
Jelani Jenkins – is second among 4-3 outside linebackers with a +3.8 pass coverage grade and 15.3 Coverage Snaps per Reception.
Branden Albert – third among offensive tackles with a 97.5 Pass Blocking Efficiency grade while allowing only one quarterback hit in 2014.
Ndamukong Suh – leads all defensive tackles with 20 quarterback hurries and is second at his position with 26 total pressures.
DeAndre Levy – PFF’s top 4-3 outside linebacker with 29 stops in the running game and a 16.6 Run Stop Percentage right now.
Ezekiel Ansah – the second year end has a +4.1 pass rush grade and is fifth at his position with an 11.3 Pass Rush Productivity grade.
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