Chiefs thievery an issue for protective Fins

December, 17, 2008
12/17/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

DAVIE, Fla. -- If the Miami Dolphins commit three or fewer turnovers over their last two games, they will break the NFL record for minimizing giveaways.

Miami has lost the ball 10 times, a record through 14 games (the length of an NFL season before 1978).

The 1990 New York Giants set the 16-game record with 14 turnovers.

But the Dolphins need to be extra protective Sunday to stay on pace. They'll visit the Kansas City Chiefs, who are tied for fourth in turnover margin at plus-8. The Dolphins lead the NFL at plus-12.

"They actually have forced 27 turnovers, which is five more than we've forced right now," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "They get the ball out.

"One of the things we know we can't do to be successful turn the football over. They've taken about four of them in for touchdowns. Their turnover ratio is pretty impressive for a football team like that at this point in the year."

The Dolphins also are working on a crazy 17-game streak without more than one giveaway. That's an NFL record by six games.

The Chiefs lead the NFL with 15 fumble recoveries. The Dolphins have lost four fumbles, one more than the Giants. Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington has thrown six interceptions.

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