Josh Allen is one of the more underrated pass rushers in the league, mostly because he plays in Jacksonville, which has struggled to really do much of anything these last few years.
Individually, though, Allen is a disruptive defender. He only has 2.5 sacks on the year, but Miami’s offense line is not totally trustable (stats courtesy of ESPN.com).
Over the last few weeks, Miami’s offensive line reshuffle has had a positive effect on the unit as a whole. In fact, against a dominant Tampa Bay defensive line, the Dolphin blockers did a decent, albeit not game-changing, job keeping them controlled. Jacksonville’s defensive front is not nearly as decorated or as talented so making sure Allen doesn’t wreak havoc in the backfield may be a bit simpler than what they had to do last week against the Buccaneers.
Double teams should be able to keep this talented pass rusher out of the backfield. Similarly to how they kept the Buccaneers defensive line on their toes, Miami could also benefit from a well orchestrated game-plan predicated on quick passes to the outside and to get Myles Gaskin involved early, like they did last week. It might seem like a lot, but Miami should be able to do this without too much of an issue.
If Miami’s offense with the return of Tagovailoa can take shots downfield and get the quick passing game going early, while not abandoning the run (!), Miami should be able to keep Allen from wreaking havoc.