Patriots-Dolphins matchup of the day: Saturday

Posted Oct. 02, 2010 @ 6:25 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Here's a key matchup to watch in Monday night's game between the Patriots and Dolphins:

Patriots NT Vince Wilfork vs. Dolphins interior O-line

The Patriots have struggled in creating a pass rush this season and getting into the backfield. A big source of the penetration comes from Wilfork, a seven-year veteran. If Wilfork can get into the backfield, he can help disrupt the Dolphins' run game, their "Wildcat" formation and QB Chad Henne's time in the pocket.

Wilfork can also open up space for ILBs Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes to hit the gaps and wreak havoc in the backfield. They got little backfield penetration against the Bills and will face another weak interior O-line on Monday night.

Dolphins C Joe Berger is in his first full season of starting, and the 'Fins will be missing starting ORG John Jerry. Pat McQuistan, who started for Jerry against the Jets, struggled while committing a penalty and giving up a sack. Richie Incognito is the other guard whom the Patriots will look to exploit.