5 sneaky threats the Commanders should worry about vs. Dolphins in Week 13

Christian Wilkins is the biggest name among the sneaky threats for the Miami Dolphins who the Washington Commanders should worry about in Week 13.

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What sneaky threats must the Washington Commanders contain in their pursuit of a shock victory against the Miami Dolphins in Week 13?

Teams facing the Miami Dolphins usually focus on stopping a high-powered offense. But an underrated defense is populated by some sneaky threats the Washington Commanders can't ignore in Week 13.

Those feature two defensive tackles, along with a smart edge-rusher and blitzing linebacker. Any and every member of this quartet can wreck a Commanders' offense experiencing an uneasy relationship with coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

The play-caller has dedicated himself to turning quarterback Sam Howell loose. While the second-year passer has put up good numbers, he's also been at the mercy of every pass rush he's faced.

A revolving door of an offensive line is the biggest problem, but not the only one. Bieniemy needs a plan to control the marauding Dolphins - starting with an active, disruptive lineman.

Commanders must double Christian Wilkins

He doesn't have a single Pro Bowl nod or any All-Pro recognition, but Christian Wilkins is one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the NFL. The 27-year-old has generated 6.5 sacks and 20 pressures in 2023 - career-high tallies.

Wilkins is winning with quickness and strong hands technique, but his best method of getting to the quarterback is via raw power. He showed that off with this bull rush to collect a sack against the New York Jets, highlighted by Jason Sarney of Dolphins Wire.

Eric Bieniemy should keep things simple and instruct his Washington Commanders blockers to double No. 94 as often as possible. Playing two tight ends would help and leave an offensive tackle on Wilkins' side of the field free to block down and help the guard.

The risk to putting extra bodies on Wilkins is to leave his destructive partner facing more one-on-one matchups.