See that guy above? He is a game changer. Cameron Wake was twice the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player. In his second year in Miami, he has turned into a force at outside linebacker. He currently leads the league with 12 sacks. Outside of the addition of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, Wake might be the biggest reason Miami has the fourth ranked pass defense in the league.
Sacks are sometimes misleading. Pressure is the real name of the game. That can be judged by sacks, hits, and pressures. Hits add up and make quarterbacks uncomfortable. Pressures force early throws and the ball to come out before receivers can complete their routes. Wake has been generating consistent heat. He has 15 hits and 23 pressures to go with those 12 sacks. He has also knocked down 3 passes.
Damien Woody and D'Brickashaw Ferguson did a good job containing Wake in the first meeting. Doing so will be imperative in this game. Mark Sanchez has struggled these past two weeks. It is important to keep the pocket clean so he will be in the best position for success. Mark posted a 120 rating in the first meeting in no small part due to the work of Ferguson and Woody.