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Old 09-28-2013, 09:44 AM   #1
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Miami Defensive Line vs. New Orleans Offensive Line

New Orleans’ offensive line has done a nice job protecting Drew Brees this season. The group ranks ninth in the league in Pass Blocking Efficiency with a score of 80.3. Right tackle Zach Strief (+8.9) has been the star of the line so far, allowing just four pressures through three games. Ben Grubbs (+5.5, three pressures allowed) has also played well. The group has room to improve in the running game, however. Only Grubbs and Strief have positive run blocking grades in 2013.

The Dolphins’ pass rush has been dominant through three games, and the team ranks second in our cumulative pass rush grades. With the exception of struggling end Olivier Vernon, each of the team’s defensive linemen has a positive pass rush grade. Cameron Wake is hoping to play on Monday after suffering a knee injury this week, and he has been outstanding this season. He ranks fifth among 4-3 defensive ends with a Pass Rushing Productivity of 14.3. Should Wake miss any time, expect to see more of rookie Dion Jordan. Jordan was the team’s top draft pick this past April, and the team has been easing him into action. After totaling just 26 snaps through the first two weeks, Jordan made the most of his 31 snaps last week. He totaled five pressures and earned a cumulative grade of +4.3, making a strong case for more playing time.

New Orleans Receivers vs. Miami Secondary

Drew Brees is once again leading one of the NFL’s elite passing offenses. Only Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers have thrown for more yards than Brees so far. Tight end Jimmy Graham has been completely unguardable. Graham leads all tight ends in targets, receiving yards, and Yards per Route Run (3.01, only three wide receivers have a better mark). Marques Colston has been Brees’ second option. Colston has lined up in the slot on about half of his routes this season, where he can create matchup headaches against smaller cornerbacks. Colston’s 2.12 Yards per Route Run from the slot ranks third among qualifying wide receivers.

While they are certainly aided by a great pass rush, Miami’s secondary has more than held up their end of the bargain with solid coverage in 2013. Outside corners Brent Grimes and Nolan Carroll rank 11th and 12th, respectively, in NFL rating against, while Jimmy Wilson ranks second among slot corners. Free safety Chris Clemons has allowed just one reception in 144 coverage snaps. Most impressively, none of the four have surrendered a touchdown through three games. It will be interesting to see how the Dolphins try to slow down Graham and Colston, as each of those players has a huge size advantage over every member of Miami’s secondary.

Miami Passing Offense vs. New Orleans Pass Defense

Ryan Tannehill has been one of the NFL’s most improved players through the first three games of 2013. He currently ranks fourth in PFF QB Rating and Accuracy Percentage, and third among quarterbacks in cumulative passing grade. Brian Hartline (+5.4) has been Tannehill’s most dependable target, dropping just one pass. Tannehill has a QB Rating of 123.6 when throwing to Hartline, better than all but five wide receivers across the league. Newcomer Mike Wallace had a great game in Indianapolis (nine catches on 11 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown), but that effort was sandwiched by quiet games in Weeks 1 and 3. Miami’s passing game has been aided by solid protection; only RT Tyson Clabo has a negative grade in pass protection.

Now one year removed from a disastrous 2012 season that saw the Saints’ defense make history as the worst defense of all time, the unit seems to have righted the ship under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. New Orleans’ defense ranks sixth in our cumulative defensive grades. Cameron Jordan looks like a star in both the passing and running games, and he leads all 3-4 defensive ends with a Pass Rushing Productivity of 13.5. To put that figure in perspective, J.J. Watt had a PRP of 10.8 during last season’s dominant campaign. Cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Keenan Lewis have not been elite in coverage, but have excelled in limiting damage after the catch has been made. They have combined to surrender just 30 yards after the catch through three games, and neither has missed a tackle.

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Old 09-28-2013, 11:13 AM   #2
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Re: 3TFO: Dolphins @ Saints, Week 4

Nice job protecting Drew Brees this season? Really?
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New Orleans’ offensive line has done a nice job protecting Drew Brees this season
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Normally I ride the PFF bandwagon but both of these o-lines are suspect.

The fins fans have as much or more concern about their o line than we do.
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The fins fans have as much or more concern about their o line than we do.
I disagree; they have or should have more concern for theirs. Tannehill doesn't have the pocket awareness that Drew has.

Many of those "almost" sacks that Drew has every game, Tannehill takes far more sacks...
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The offensive line has been good. People just don't realize how long Drew holds the ball. Idk why more people don't notice it. He sits back there for 5 seconds at a time.
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Tannahill is #1 in sacks taken
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Considering we are throwing the ball 43 times a game and not running it hardly ever, the amount of pressures and sacks is not unreasonable. It's not "good" but it's not terrible either.
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Offensive protection looks offensive.
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I hope we don't under estimate Tannehill. He isn't elite like Ryan, Romo and Flacco () but he's good and doesn't fold like Ryan, Romo and Schaub.
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