By now you know that around here I put up Sunday Stats every Sunday morning. My hope is that you can enjoy a nice coffee (or tea etc) and have an interesting/fun read as you count down the seconds to kick-off. This particular weekend I am away and without internet until I return on Sunday afternoon, hence the Sunday Stats article being up on Friday! Different process this week, but same ol’ Sunday Stats for the Miami Dolphins as they host the Seattle Seahawks.
Miami has lost 3-straight coming into this game by a combined score of 79-37. The ‘Phins have alternated wins and losses at home (2-2 at home). This game is the “win” turn.
Seattle’s rookie QB Russell Wilson (#75 overall pick in this years NFL draft) has 11 TDs and 0 INTs at home, but just 4 TDs vs 8 INTs on the road. Overall – no pass offense has been worse than Seattle’s in 2012.
Ryan Tannehill has just 3 TDs at home (4 INTs).
Marshawn Lynch is getting 5.3 yards per carry on the road. He has eclipsed 1,000+ rushing yards for the 2nd straight season. He enters this game as the NFL’s #2 rusher.
Sidney Rice and Golden Tate each have 6 receiving TDs. The rest of the roster has just 4 combined. Almost half of Wilson’s passes are directed at one of these 2.
Offensive-lineman Russell Okung has not yielded any sacks this season, but he has been flagged a team-high 11 times. He takes on Cameron Wake who has to lead the NFL in getting held the most times without a call.
Miami has 27 sacks, Seattle has 28. Both teams are in the top-10 for sacks. Miami is top-heavy for sacks with Wake getting most of them, while Seattle has Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin lead the team with 7 sacks each. Irvin was the #15 overall pick in this recent draft.
The Seattle secondary is big. Earl Thomas is good, but at 5’10″ he is by far the smallest player in this secondary. Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, and Kam Chancellor all go at least 6’3″. Their size and skill make it tough to beat them in the red-zone.
C Mike Pouncey grades (by far) the best for any Dolphin player on offense, while Wake is (by far) the best graded player on the entire team.
Miami added 2 losses to their record in a miserable 4-day span last week. To avoid a 2nd straight season of 10+ losses they will need to win this game. Miami still has the San Francisco 49ers, plus a pair of tilts with the New England Patriots on their 2012 schedule.
Miami went winless in the month of November in 2007. Since then they were 12-6 in November, but this is their final chance to get a win this month.
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