Based on last week’s offensive line super fiasco, Miami will need to pay even closer attention to the Raider’s defensive front seven. Maxx Crosby, however, might be the best of the group and could be a one-man wrecking crew if the Dolphins played like they did last week.
Crosby is a good defender, who generates a good pass rush and already has two sacks on the season. In 2019, he racked up double-digit sacks (10) and even though those numbers dropped a bit in 2020, he is still a quality edge rusher that can generate pressure often that doesn’t necessarily turn into sack numbers (stats courtesy of ESPN.com). Based on the way Miami’s line played last week, that number could increase drastically if they don’t do something to stop him from getting behind the line of scrimmage.
There have been many reports that Miami is going to be shuffling the offensive line for this matchup which is clearly a week too late. That being said, there is hope that any change will be positive and will give Brissett a fighting chance to make plays.
In order to really keep Crosby and company from wrecking Miami’s gameplan, they may need to keep a tight end or two in to provide extra protection on the line. Miami would also probably benefit from some quicker routes and some plays out of the backfield. They also can’t abandon the run too early in this one and keep the Raider’s defense, specifically their pass rushers like Crosby, on their toes.