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Monday, December 15, 2008
Dolphins turnover efficiency unprecedented


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
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Through 14 games, the Miami Dolphins have only 10 turnovers, which puts them on pace to set an NFL record for the fewest turnovers per game in a season.
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N.Y. Giants 1990 16 14 .88
Dallas 1998 16 15 .94
Jacksonville 2002 16 15 .94
Kansas City 2002 16 15 .94
San Diego 2006 16 15 .94
New England 2007 16 15 .94
Miami 2008 14 10 .71

The Miami Dolphins did not commit a turnover in Sunday's 14-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

That broke the NFL record for fewest turnovers through 14 games, the length of an NFL season from 1961 through 1977. The New England Patriots last year had 11 giveaways through their first 14 games.

Miami also is on pace to become the seventh team to average under one turnover per game. They're averaging 0.71 turnovers. The NFL record was set by the 1990 New York Giants, who committed 0.88 turnovers a game in Bill Parcells' last season as their head coach.

But the Elias Sports Bureau uncovered another bit of information that's even more amazing.

The Dolphins have not committed multiple turnovers in any game this year and are working on a streak of 17 straight games with no more than one turnover.

No, the startling part isn't that quarterbacks Cleo Lemon and John Beck played some of those games.

What's most remarkable is that 17 games are the NFL record by a mile.

The team that came closest to stringing together that many games without multiple giveaways? The Indianapolis Colts, who went 11 straight games in 2006 and 2007.