Bengals DT Geno Atkins vs. Dolphins C Mike Pouncey
On paper, this matchup may not look like much, but defensive tackle Geno Atkins and center Mike Pouncey have developed into two of the best young players at their positions.
Pouncey is regarded for his ability to pull out as a lead blocker in space, a talent not many centers possess. He is stellar in pass protection, and allowed just eight combined pressures (three hurries, two hits and a sack) last season, tying for first in Pro Football Focus' pass-blocking efficiency among centers.
On the other hand, Atkins just signed a five-year, $55 million contract extension as a result of his ability to put constant pressure on quarterbacks (53 hurries, 13 hits, 12.5 sacks), ranking first in Pro Football Focus' pass-rushing productivity among defensive tackles.
Atkins logged two tackles and one sack in the last meeting between these two teams, but was kept away from quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the most part. Of course, Pouncey wasn't going it entirely alone in that meeting and he probably will have some help from other offensive linemen in keeping Atkins at bay.