DeForest Buckner is a one-man wrecking crew and given Miami’s offensive line struggles, he may be in for a big day if the Dolphins don’t do a good job containing him.
Buckner is coming off an All-Pro season, where he racked up 9.5 sacks and was a consistent threat against the run as well (stats courtesy of NFL.com). Buckner is about as good as it gets in the NFL and Miami will need to keep an eye on number 99 when they put together their final game plan.
Miami’s offensive line struggles are not new to anyone who has watched them this season. They were a bit better last week after the coaching staff decided to shuffle the players around a bit, but there are still a ton of questions marks in the unit. Miami may need to double team Buckner to keep him from ruining the game himself, but that might complicate a couple of protection schemes, allowing Indianapolis’ edge rushers to have one on one battles that they might be able to win. It’s very clear that Miami’s offense struggles when their quarterback can’t get any time to make a play (regardless of who is behind center) and they will need to scheme their protections properly to win in this one.
Even if it means keeping a running back or tight end to help block the Colts’ defensive line, they need to do so in order to keep Brissett upright and have a chance in this one.