The five-step checklist for the Kansas City Chiefs to move past the Dolphins

Will the Kansas City Chiefs be able to overcome their recent struggles and defeat the Miami Dolphins in a crucial Wild Card game? Find out what they need to do to secure a victory.

Dec 10, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs with
Dec 10, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs with / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Shut down Miami's interior pass rush

One of the more underrated storylines of this game is how injured the Dolphins, especially at pass rusher. Their three best edge rushers (Jaelan Phillips, Bradley Chubb, and Andrew van Ginkel) as well as depth player Cameron Goode have all suffered season-ending injuries. They're so beat up at the position they had to sign Bruce Irvin, Malik Reed, and old friend Justin Houston off the street just to have enough bodies at the position.

Since Miami's outside pass rushers are so banged up, they're going to rely upon their best interior pass rusher to pressure Patrick Mahomes. Christian Wilkins and Zach Sieler are by far the Dolphins' best options to generate pressure and they both rush primarily from the interior, but can both also line up outside a few snaps every game.

The Chiefs should have a significant advantage because of the injuries. The Dolphins will struggle to take advantage of KC's tackle due to how many of the edge guys are out. Miami's best pass rushers are interior guys and the strongest part of the Kansas City offensive line is their guard-center-guard combo of Joe Thuney-Creedy Humphrey-Trey Smith.

Although Miami's pass rush shouldn't wreck the game by any means, the Chiefs did struggle with their stunts in the Week 9 matchup. If OL coach Andy Heck has the unit ready to handle those stunts and the interior offensive line does its job, Patrick Mahomes shouldn't struggle with pressure in this game.