PFF Preview: Ravens @ Dolphins, Week 14
After letting a 10-point fourth-quarter lead disintegrate, the Baltimore Ravens (7-5) were handed a crushing defeat in Week 13, yet remain in the hunt for a division title and alive in the Wild Card race. As the Ravens look to bounce back and pursue a playoff position, they’ll have to do so against a stingy Miami Dolphins (7-5) team who have a short turnaround after finding a way to fend off the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.
The Dolphins, who currently own the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC, have been aided by the play of their pass rush this season, specifically Cameron Wake. Since entering the league in 2009, Wake has always finished in the Top 3 in terms of pass rush grade at his position and currently owns a rush grade of +28.3, first among all 4-3 defensive ends. Wake has certainly caused his fair share of issues to opposing quarterbacks, accumulating 51 total pressures and a Pass Rushing Productivity (PRP) of 12.1, tied for fifth among all 4-3 defensive ends that have played a minimum of 132 passing snaps.
Given the fact that Wake has rushed the passer 92.8% of the time from the left side of the defensive line, he will battle the Ravens’ right tackle, Ricky Wagner. Wagner’s strongest quality on the field has proven to be his pass blocking. With a pass block grade of +10.4, Wagner has the seventh-best grade of all tackles and the highest of all right tackles. Wagner has done well in solidifying the RT position for the Ravens, as he has only let up two sacks and no hits this year on his way to a Pass Blocking Efficiency (PBE) of 96.9, tied for sixth out of 78 qualifying tackles.
With only a quarter of the season left, both Wake and Wagner will need to be at their best as neither the Ravens nor the Dolphins have room for error in what is shaping up to be a tight AFC playoff race.
Here are three more notable numbers for each side:
Torrey Smith – Smith has four drops on targets of 20 yards or more, tied for most among all wide receivers.
Jeromy Miles – Miles totaled 72 snaps and a coverage grade of +2.8 in Week 13, both career best.
Justin Tucker – Tucker has been among one of the best kickers this year, earning an overall grade of +15.1, second only to Pat McAfee.
Ryan Tannehill – Tannehill has faced Pressure on 35.1% of drop-backs, tossing five touchdowns and three interceptions.
Lamar Miller – Miller has carried the ball 86 times between the tackles, as opposed to 64 times outside the tackles.
Olivier Vernon – Vernon, who plays opposite of Wake, has an overall grade of +14.8, sixth-best among all 4-3 defensive ends.
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