Home Field Review: 2012 Miami Dolphins

By Craig Ballard
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE


The home portion of the 2012 Miami Dolphins schedule is complete. Their record in front of the ‘Phins phaithful was 5-3.

This is the just the third time in the past 10 seasons that Miami has won five games at home (5-3 2005 and 2008). They had just five combined home wins in 2010/2011.

Two of Miami’s three home losses were to AFC East foes. Week 3 they took a sure victory over the New York Jets and turned it into an overtime loss. In week 13 Miami hosted the New England Patriots and the Pats won 23-16. Their third loss was a head-scratcher as the putrid Tennessee Titans smoked the ‘Phins 37-3 in Miami (yikes).

Ryan Tannehill had poor home averages. His average day in front of the home crowd was 16 for 27 (59%) for just 182 yards (yikes) with only eight touchdown passes at home all season. In the home finale vs the Buffalo Bills Tanny threw his first ever 1st quarter touchdown pass (Dolfans have excuses for days for why Tanny struggled this season, but these numbers are surely underwhelming and need massive improvements).

Tannehill was sacked just 10 times at Sun Life Stadium.

Reggie Bush is in a contract year and he may not return to this team. He was very good at home in 2012 as he averaged a whopping 5.2 yards per carry (waaaay up from the 4.1 he averaged at home in 2011)

Lamar Miller had extremely little playing time in 2012, but he did get 5.1 yards per carry at home. His lone touchdown was week 2 at home vs the Oakland Raiders.

Miami as a team averaged just under 5.0 yards per carry at home, as opposed to the 3.1 they get on the road. The big plays were happening at home as Miami had eight runs of 20+ yards at Sun Life, but just three elsewhere.

Brian Hartline went north of 1,000 receiving yards this season, but about 60% of those yards came on the road. Davone Bess is Miami’s other good wide receiver and he too got more yards on the road than at home. Amazingly (and disappointingly) these two combined for…zero…touchdowns at home in 2012.

The Dolphins are a top-5 team for sacks, but they registered just 16 at home this season. Cameron Wake will surely finish in the top-4 for sacks this season, but just 3.5 of his 15.0 (and counting hopefully) sacks came at home.

University of Miami product (and Miami native) Olivier Vernon had 2.5 sacks in his rookie season, and all of that came in front of his fellow Floridians.

The average score for a game at Sun Life Stadium in 2012 was 20-18 for Miami. In the last 10 quarters played in front of the home fans Miami yielded just one touchdown.

The Dolphins managed just four interceptions at home this season.

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