Monday, November 11, 2013
Top stats to know: Dolphins at Buccaneers
By ESPN Stats & Information
Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports
Miami will be playing its 80th game on Monday Night Football, more than any other franchise.
The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet on Monday Night Football in a matchup featuring a pair of teams that have struggled at times (or in the case of the Buccaneeers, throughout) 2013.
Let’s take a look at the top things to know for this game related to each team’s on-field performance.
1. These teams are meeting for the 10th time in the regular season (Dolphins lead 5-4). Miami won the last meeting in 2009, snapping a three-game losing streak in the series. Six of the previous nine meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer.
Both teams are coming off OT games in Week 9. The Dolphins defeated the Bengals Halloween night on Cameron Wake’s safety. The winless Buccaneers blew a 21-point lead and lost at Seattle.
2. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two teams have had a worse record than the 0-8 Buccaneers entering a Monday Night Football game. The 1980 New Orleans Saints were 0-11 when they lost to the Rams on MNF and the 2007 Miami Dolphins were 0-7 when they lost at Pittsburgh.
3. Ryan Tannehill has been sacked a league-high 35 times in 8 games, putting him on pace to be sacked 70 times this season.
Only two quarterbacks have been sacked 70 times in a season since the stat became official in 1982: David Carr (76 for the 2002 Houston Texans) and Randall Cunningham (72 for the 1986 Philadelphia Eagles).
4. Mike Wallace and Vincent Jackson have the ability to make big plays, but their quarterbacks haven’t been able to get them the ball.
Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon has completed only 43.8 percent of his throws to Jackson, the second-worst completion rate by a quarterback to a receiver this season (minimum 50 attempts). The Tannehill-Wallace combo entered this weekend ranked third-worst, 51.4 percent.
5. Ryan Tannehill completed a season-high 71.4 percent of his passes last week against the Bengals. When Tannehill completes at least 60 percent of his attempts, he and the Dolphins are 9-2 in his short career (2-11 when he doesn't).
However, with Tannehill's Dolphins, you can always expect close games.