Dolphins DE Cameron Wake vs. Patriots RT Sebastian Vollmer
Seldom does the most intriguing battle of the trenches take place between the left end and the right tackle – the battle between the left tackle and right end is usually the one that gets the spotlight. Cameron Wake, however, was one of the best defensive ends on either side of the line last season. In fact, he was the most productive pass-rushing edge defender in either a 3-4 or a 4-3.
At 6-2 and 241 pounds, Wake is known for his incredible burst off the line of scrimmage and his ability to bend the corner at full-speed. His height and explosiveness make him a tough matchup for the mauling right tackle, Sebastian Vollmer, who stands 6-8 and 320 pounds. Wake got the best of Vollmer in the first meeting between the two teams, logging four hurries, a hit and two sacks on Tom Brady, and the Patriots even had to keep a tight end or running back in pass protection on 20 of 44 passing plays that day.
Vollmer held his own the second time around and allowed Wake to get near Brady just once the entire game.
Much is made of the Dolphins’ new weapons on offense, but it's up to their defense to contain the Patriots offense, as they have done in holding the Patriots to 28 or fewer points in each of the past three games.