Wake Continues to Deliver

Ben Roethlisberger has made a habit of holding the ball until the last possible second, but he might want to come up with a different plan when his Steelers come to visit the Dolphins on Sunday. Cameron Wake, in his first year as an NFL starter, is clearly coming into his own as a sack specialist from his outside linebacker position.

Wake, the former two-time Defensive Player of the Year in the Canadian Football League, had three sacks on Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's 23-20 overtime win at Green Bay.

Wake also produced six quarterback hits and induced a key holding penalty in the second quarter with the Packers on the move deep in Dolphins territory.

"Outstanding," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said of Wake. "Cam, he's a dynamic guy in some of these clutch situations. We've seen him do that a few times last year in some of those end-of-game situations. I think he had three sacks today but he also got a big holding call there at the end. ...

"We needed a pass rush. It's hard to go after Aaron out there. You don't want to blitz him too much. He gets out of the pocket and extends the play. He's one of the best in the business when he does those things. You have to try to keep him in the pocket, and we had good discipline today."

The same may be said of Big Ben, but if Wake keeps playing like this the Dolphins may be able to throw him off his rhythm in his second game back off NFL suspension.

It should be pointed out Wake was typically victimizing rookie first-round right tackle Bryan Bulaga on Sunday. Bulaga was filling in for the injured veteran Mark Tauscher.

However, Wake has six sacks on the year, tops on the team, and appears to be adding pass-rush moves by the week.


LINEUP WATCH: ILB Channing Crowder returned to the regular-season lineup for the first time since the second play of Game 15 last season. Crowder missed the end of 2009 with a broken foot that required surgery and this year he missed two months of game action (dating to the first preseason game) with a groin injury that required two separate trips to Philadelphia to see a specialist. Crowder made three tackles, but one of them came on first down on a three-and-out in overtime that set up the winning field goal. With Crowder back in the mix, Tim Dobbins and Bobby Carpenter were able to concentrate more on special teams.

TRENDING: Dolphins coach Tony Sparano wanted to see more of an emphasis on the running game coming off the bye week. He got the balance he was looking for with a 39/39 run/pass ratio that included no sacks against Chad Henne.

"It was our plan to run the ball the entire game and we did," Sparano said. "We were able to run the ball I thought pretty effectively today. Thought the guys up front played a really good game. They were physical in the run game, they protected the quarterback well. I thought that kind of helped us today to be a little bit more balanced."



-- ILB Karlos Dansby said his left knee was fine after he received a scare on the Dolphins' first defensive snap of overtime and his foot got caught in the ground. "Scariest situation I've ever been in on the field," he said.

-- P Brandon Fields had a punt deflected in the second quarter that traveled just 25 yards. It was the third straight game a Fields punt had been disrupted, including blocks the past two games. For the second straight game it appeared veteran LB Bobby Carpenter was responsible for the punt miscue.

-- CB Vontae Davis gave up an 86-yard touchdown catch to Greg Jennings, the first time Davis had been beaten for a score since last season. Jennings made a double move and got at least five yards behind Davis on the deep post. "He got me good," Davis said. "That's OK. It's football. It's happens. You just brush it off and move on to the next play." That pass was the sixth-longest against the Dolphins all-time and the longest against them since Pittsburgh's Charlie Batch hit tight end Heath Miller for an 87-yard score in the opening game of 2006.

-- FB Lousaka Polite was stuffed on third-and-1 from the Packers' 27 late in the third quarter. Charles Woodson and A.J. Hawk did the honors. That ended Polite's streak of 20 straight conversions on third- or fourth-and-1, dating to the final regular-season game of 2008. Since Polite joined the team early in the 2008 season, he is now 31 of 33 on short-yardage conversions on third or fourth down.

-- Kicker Dan Carpenter had three field goals, including the fourth game-winner of his third-year career. He also beat the Raiders in 2008 and the Bucs and Patriots in 2009. Carpenter hit a career-long 53-yard field goal just before halftime. Carpenter's previous long had been a 52-yarder last season at New England.

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