Sunday Stats: Miami Dolphins host Jacksonville Jaguars

By Craig Ballard
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE


Gameday for week 15. The Miami Dolphins host their second last home game of the 2012 season as the Jacksonville Jaguars make the short trip to Sun Life Stadium today (game preview is HERE).

Every gameday we look at Sunday Stats, and today is no exception. Here we go…

Chad Henne makes his return to Miami. As the quarterback for the Dolphins Henne had a 33-38 record. For games played in Miami he was 5-11, and he lost 10 of his last 11 games in Miami (for article on Henne’s return to Miami click HERE).

Due to injuries the Jags are down to their third string running back. Montell Owens has been around since 2006 (off and on) but has just 35 carries in his career (21 of those in the last two weeks). Owens has five rushing first downs this season, the same amount as Jorvorskie Lane and Lane has not gained a yard since October 7th vs the Cincinnati Bengals.

Maurice Jones-Drew has not played since October 21st, yet he leads the team in rushing by over 100 yards.

Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts III, and Marcedes Lewis are separated by seven catches for the team lead. Blackmon will grow to be more explosive at the NFL level, but currently it is Shorts who is the big-play threat.

Cameron Wake has 14.0 sacks. The Jags have 14.0 sacks (worst in the NFL). Only three of Wake’s sacks have come in front of the home crowd.

Reggie Bush opened 2012 with back-to-back games with over 100 yards from scrimmage. He had not done that again, but he went over 100 last week. He should have a chance for a good game today vs a Jags rush defense that is ranked #31. No team has allowed more rushing touchdowns than the Jags.

Davone Bess is OUT (article on Bess being out for first time in his career is HERE). That could mean the Dolphins debut of Armon Binns (Player Profile for Binns is HERE).

Koa Misi is OUT (article on Misi missing this game is HERE)

The Jags are on a 1-7 run, the ‘Phins 1-5.

Miami’s defense has forced just a measly dozen turnovers, and have created just one turnover in the past five games. With 23 giveaways that makes Miami -11 for turnover ratio (only four teams in NFL are worse). The Jags turnover ratio is 0 (20 giveaways and 20 takeaways).

Miami has recovered just three fumbles (only the Indianapolis Colts have been worse).

Henne has five touchdowns and just one interception on the road. Ryan Tannehill has four touchdowns and five interceptions at home.

Tannehill averages just 206 passing yards at home, but should easily eclipse that this week vs a Jags pass defense that allows 249 passing yards per game (#24 in NFL…Miami’s defense allows 251 which is #25).

One stat that cannot be measured is the frustration of ‘Phins phans who have not seen their team win a playoff game since 2000. I think Miami will win this game (similar to the week 2 beat-down of the Oakland Raiders in Miami) but I will say if they lose the fan-base will be spitting venom at a new level. Dolfans are going to be livid if this team loses again, but this time to Henne.

Thank you for spending some of your Sunday morning with me getting ready for the game! Much appreciated…Pass it on…

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