Dolphins-Commanders Week 13 Five Biggest Storyline

The Miami Dolphins will try to improve to 9-3 on the season when they face the Washington Commanders on Sunday at FedEx Field.

We present our weekly list and analysis of the five most important storylines before of the matchup:While the Dolphins continue to lead the NFL in total offense, Tua, Tyreek, and the rest of the offense haven't been quite as crisp in recent weeks. 

The Commander's defense may be precisely what the doctor ordered. The Dolphins will face a defense that ranks 29th in yards allowed per game and 31st in yards allowed per pass play, 

as well as a defense that lost its two key pass rushers (Chase Young and Montez Sweat). Given Washington's pass defensive issues, it's not tough to see Tyreek Hill surpassing 2,000 yards for the first time in NFL history.

The most important thing to keep an eye on here is Hill's ailing ankle, which kept him out of practice on Wednesday. If he's in "Cheetah" shape, he may — and perhaps should — have another 100-yard day in the narrative.

The Dolphins will play their first game without edge defender Jaelan Phillips, whose stellar season was cut short against the Jets due to an Achilles injury. 

The Dolphins will undoubtedly miss Phillips given how well he was playing, but Andrew Van Ginkel's success in his absence earlier this season should provide optimism that the pass rush or defense in general would not suffer significantly

In relation to Van Ginkel, the Dolphins are coming off a seven-sack performance and will face a quarterback who is on pace to break the NFL record for most sacks absorbed in a season. 

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