Miami Dolphins: Taking a Look Inside the Numbers of the Current Winning Streak

Jason ClaryCorrespondent INovember 23, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 20:  Quarterback Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins might be one of the hardest teams in the NFL to understand. Given an 0-7 start, the team was all but guaranteed to be selecting in the Top Five of the 2012 draft.

During Miami’s seven-game skid, they were playing abysmally in every phase of the game. The offense couldn’t capitalize on opportunities and immensely struggled to put the ball in the end zone.

Miami’s play was flat and the scores showed it. The defense was allowing big plays, the offense was faltering in the red zone and the MVP of the team was punter Brandon Fields.

Fields was about the only bright spot on the entire team heading into a Week 9 matchup with an injury-riddled, but still talented Kansas City Chiefs team.

That matchup with the Chiefs was the start of a very convincing three-game winning streak for a team that was considered one of the most poorly coached and managed teams in the NFL.

Whether the game plan was much improved, the team more inspired or the players more healthy, Miami has surprised the entire NFL with an uncanny efficiency in every facet of the game.

This streak has featured blocked punts, red zone scoring, a balanced offense, great defense and amazing quarterback play. Matt Moore has two games of throwing for three touchdowns—something Chad Henne has never accomplished in his entire career.

In these three games, Moore has completed 51 passes out of 72 attempts for a completion rate of 71 percent. Along with that impressive percentage, Moore has averaged 8.5 yards for every attempted pass during this streak. To put the icing on the cake, Moore has thrown just one interception, while slinging six touchdown passes.

Staying with the offense for another moment, the team, when faced with a third down, has converted to a first down 44 percent of the time. Scoring in the red zone has also improved immensely, with a scoring rate of 73 percent.

It isn’t hard to see why Miami has scored 89 points in these three games.

An impressive win streak is hard to accomplish without help from the defense. Not only has Miami’s offense gotten help from the defense, the Dolphins have not allowed a single touchdown in these games.

This is the same defense that got completely torched by the New England Patriots in Week 1, with Tom Brady earning the best statistical game of his career.

Admittedly, Karlos Dansby acknowledged that he is back to 100 percent after showing up to training camp nearly 20 pounds overweight. With Dansby finally in playing shape, the defense has taken a turn for the better recently.

The defensive line has been getting more pressure on quarterbacks, the linebackers are flying around on the field and the secondary is hitting with force.

To continue this winning streak, Miami must travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. This is Miami's toughest opponent in many weeks. Pair that with a short week of practice and you get a very interesting storyline.

Tony Sparano and many current Dolphins players have ties to Dallas, so both teams will see familiar faces across the field.


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