Monday, November 11, 2013
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- Five things to watch in Monday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins.
Cameron Wake vs. Demar Dotson. This matchup does not appear favorable for the Bucs. Wake has 5.5 sacks and has the ability to put a lot of pressure on rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. Dotson, who plays right tackle, likely will get some help from the tight ends.
Glennon’s pitch count. After averaging 45 attempts in his first four games, Glennon attempted only 23 passes against Seattle. That’s the kind of territory the Bucs would like to keep Glennon in. But they would like to swap out some of the dinks and dunks with some short passes.
Mike James and the running game. Part of the reason the Bucs didn’t have Glennon throwing very much against Seattle was because James was running so well. The rookie, who has taken over for the injured Doug Martin, rushed for 158 yards against the Seahawks. Miami’s run defense ranks No. 21.
Mike Wallace vs. Darrelle Revis. In recent weeks, Revis has shown he’s getting back to full health and that’s meant a gradual increase in man-to-man coverage. He might not be on Wallace every single play, but Revis is likely to shadow Miami’s top receiver most of the night.
Lamar Miller vs. Tampa Bay’s run defense. After leading the NFL in rushing defense last season, the Bucs have fallen to No. 13. Look for the Dolphins to test the Tampa Bay run defense with Lamar Miller,who has averaged 97 rushing yards in the past two games.