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NFL Week 14 Preview: Patriots at Dolphins

By PFF Analysis Team
Dec 7, 2017

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 17: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures to a teammate during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., Sept. 17, 2017. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The New England Patriots visit the Miami Dolphins in Week 14 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 1

Coverage by: Andrew Fleischer

Matchup: New England Patriots offense vs. Miami Dolphins defense

Editors Note: Tankersley has been declared doubtful to play on Monday night. 

  • G Shaq Mason vs. DI Jordan Phillips and DI Ndamukong Suh – Shaq Mason’s overall grade of 83.5 is the ninth-highest among 76 qualifying guards, and his run-blocking grade of 87.8 is fifth-highest. Mason will see plenty of defensive tackles Jordan Phillips and Ndamukong Suh, a formidable duo. While both are extremely effective pass-rushers (Phillips’ pass-rush productivity rating of 10.6 is fourth among 67 qualifying defensive tackles), Suh may retain the advantage in the run game. Mason does hold a high run blocking grade, but Suh’s run defense grade of 91.3 is second among all 126 interior defenders this season. The battle in the trenches on both pass and run plays may go a long way in determining the outcome of this game.
  • RB Dion Lewis vs. LB Kiko Alonso – Dion Lewis’ 87.9 overall PFF grade is now the third-highest among 59 eligible running backs. In the Week 12 meeting of these teams, his 15 running attempts matched a season high, and his 112 rushing yards were his most yet. His elusive rating of 104.3 for the season is the second-best out of 50 qualifying running backs. He should have the advantage in matchups with linebacker Kiko Alonso, as the Dolphins linebacker’s run-stop percentage of 5.4 is tied for the seventh-lowest among qualified linebackers. Perhaps more importantly against Dion Lewis, Alonso’s 10.6 tackle efficiency rating against the run is 83rd among 128 qualified linebackers.

Dion Lewis, running back, New England Patriots

PFFELO Ranking: 26

Coverage by: Cyrus Geller

Matchup: Miami Dolphins offense vs. New England Patriots defense

Jarvis Landry, wide receiver, Miami Dolphins

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