Thursday, September 26, 2013
Dolphins, Saints both bring heat
By Mike Triplett
The Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints both come into Monday night’s matchup among the NFL leaders in quarterback pressures this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, no team has sacked or put opposing quarterbacks under duress more than the Dolphins this year (35 percent of opponent drop-backs). The Saints rank sixth in the NFL at 29.5 percent.
Of course the Dolphins will be much more dangerous if pass-rush specialist Cameron Wake is able to play through a knee injury this week. Wake leads the Dolphins this year with 2.5 sacks, and his 45.5 career sacks are third most in the NFL since the start of 2009.
On the flip side, the Dolphins' offense is tied for the NFL lead with 14 sacks allowed this year. And the Saints are tied for sixth in the NFL with an uncharacteristic 10 sacks allowed.
The Saints will be better off in pass protection if they get four-time All-Pro right guard Jahri Evans back in the lineup. Evans did not play last Sunday because of a hamstring injury. The Saints’ first injury report of the week will be released later this afternoon.