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By the numbers: Miami Dolphins

10/10/2013

The Miami Dolphins are entering their bye week and have plenty of issues to address. There are also several good things Miami accomplished during its 3-2 start.

Let’s take a look at both sides of the Dolphins by the numbers.

The Good

  • 34-16: The Dolphins are playing well in the fourth quarter this year. They are outscoring opponents 34-16 in the final period.

  • Four: Miami’s offense is doing a good job of sharing the football in the passing game. Four receivers have more than 20 receptions.

  • 21: The Dolphins have been disciplined. They only have 21 penalties in five games, which is an average of 4.2 penalties a game.

  • 10-of-11: Miami rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis has been money. He’s made 10-of-11 field goals to start his NFL career. His only miss was a 57-yard attempt in the final seconds against the Baltimore Ravens.

  • 4.3: Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has improved his accuracy this year. His completion percentage is 4.3 percent higher (62.6) than last year’s (58.3)

  • 2-1: Miami has shown toughness and grit on the road. The Dolphins are 2-1 away from home, which is a good trend if they can continue it for 16 games.

  • 2.5: Defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake lead Miami with 2.5 sacks each.

The Bad

  • 24: This is the stat plenty of people are talking about in South Florida. Miami has allowed an NFL-high 24 sacks in the first five games.

  • 3.7: The Dolphins are 28th in rushing and averaging just 3.7 yards per carry.

  • 393: Miami’s defense, which is expected to be the strength of the team, is allowing 393 yards per game. That’s 25th in the NFL.

  • 16: The Dolphins have only 16 first downs via the run. In contrast, Miami has 64 passing first downs.

  • 211: Starting running back Lamar Miller has just 211 rushing yards. He’s on pace for 675 rushing yards this season.

  • 22: Miami’s defense allows 22 first downs per game, which is the sixth most in the NFL.

  • 37-24: The Dolphins are not playing well in third quarters. They’ve been outscored by nearly two touchdowns this year coming out of the locker room.