While there have been many ups and downs for the Dolphins this season, the defense has been one of the bright spots. In the past three weeks, the defense has been a major factor in the victories. Doing their part to get the ball back to the offense, the defense was able to hold the Tennessee Titans to 10 points, shut out the Atlanta Falcons in the second half, and make clutch stops to win the game against the New York Jets.
The defense has a total of 15 sacks, 7 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries.
Cameron Wake has been consistent. He along with others on the defensive line, has been pressuring quarterbacks all season. Wake currently has six sacks, ranking 10th in the league. He has had a sack in almost every game so far. At 35 years old, Wake is showing no signs of slowing down. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said Wake is a “physical freak” and his work ethic makes age irrelevant right now. According to Pro Football Focus, Wake is currently graded as the 11th best edge defender in the league, with a grade of 86.8.
While the secondary has been a weakness, they have stepped up to the plate at the right time. In the past two games, Reshad Jones and Bobby McCain have come up with game-ending interceptions. If the secondary can perform well on top of the pressure that the line is bringing, this could be one of the best defenses in football.
While they struggled in weeks two and three against the Jets and Saints, the Dolphins defense has improved collectively. The Dolphins have a short week and go up to Baltimore to play the Ravens on Thursday Night Football. If the defense can shut down Joe Flacco and the Ravens, they will be in good shape moving forward.