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This defensive line has been the anchor of the entire team so far. Each player has gone above and beyond what they've been expected to do, and they've stifled the opposition over and over again.
Cameron Wake has been predictably outstanding, with the 7.5 sacks being good for the second most in the league. Randy Starks has contributed 3.5 sacks, rookie Olivier Vernon has 2.5, and Jared Odrick has 2.0.
Vernon has been a pleasant surprise for Miami fans. He took a blocked punt back for his first NFL touchdown against the Jets, and has made a number of big plays this season. It definitely helps to be tutored by Wake, one of the best defensive players in the NFL, and Vernon should continue to improve.
But the defensive line's play against the run has been what's impressed me most. It all starts with Paul Soliai clogging things up the middle, and he's been effective all season. But the entire line has been committed to stopping the run, and it has paid off big time.
It hasn't given up more than 79 yards to a rusher in a game this season, and it's giving up the third-least total rushing yards per game in the league.
If it can keep it up, the defensive line will be a major factor as Miami tries to make a push for the playoffs. Teams hand the ball off more and more as the weather gets colder, and the Dolphins have a major advantage in that regard.