The Ravens’ pass rush could make a huge impact Sunday against the Dolphins.
Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins has been sacked more times (33) than anyone this season except Blake Bortles of the Jaguars (34) and Alex Smith of the Chiefs (34). Meanwhile, the Ravens’ pass rush is building momentum.
Elvis Dumervil has gotten 3 ½ of his six sacks over the last three games, while defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan has put jarring hits on quarterbacks in two straight games. Jernigan’s hit on Rams quarterback Case Keenum caused a concussion when the back of his helmet slammed into the turf. Jernigan’s hit Monday night on Browns quarterback Josh McCown caused him to leave the game with a fractured collarbone.
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is questionable for Sunday with a foot injury, but even if Pouncey plays, Miami could have trouble with Jernigan. He seems to be rounding into form during his second NFL season, making the kind of impact plays he made regularly during college at Florida St.
“Timmy is explosive,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He’s powerful. He’s a good mix of power and explosion. Every week he’s playing a little harder. He’s really starting to get a feel for turning that motor up a notch every single week, and I think he can keep doing it. I think he has a couple more notches in him as far as energy level because he’s talented.”
The Dolphins haven’t done a very good job keeping pass rushers like Jernigan and Dumervil away from Tannehill. That could be a problem for Miami on Sunday.