Stats don’t lie: Breaking down areas of focus for Miami Dolphins vs. Patriots

Tom Brady is 21-9 against the Dolphins. At least it’s fewer wins than his totals over Buffalo (27) and the Jets (24). (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Protect the football. Stay within range entering the fourth quarter. Keep Kenyan Drake rolling.

Those are just a few things that ought to be on the Dolphins’ to-do list entering Monday night’s rematch against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. That’s what the numbers tell us.

Check it out:


Dolphins vs. Patriots tale of the tape

+9

Patriots’ giveaway/takeaway differential

-10

Dolphins’ giveaway/takeaway differential (only Broncos and Browns are worse)

-1

Dolphins’ giveaway/takeaway differential vs. Patriots in 35-17 loss in Foxborough two weeks ago

57.7%

Dolphins’ touchdown percentage when reaching the red zone

56.6%

Patriots’ touchdown percentage when reaching the red zone

53-26

Number of Patriots’ possessions inside the red zone compared to number of Dolphins’ trips inside 20

70.6%

Touchdown percentage for Dolphins’ opponents in the red zone (worst in the NFL)

0-7

Combined career record of Dolphins QBs Jay Cutler and Matt Moore vs. New England

21-9

Tom Brady’s record vs. the Dolphins

7th

Cutler’s ranking among fourth-quarter passing leaders. Cutler is 55 of 85 for 566 yards, five TDs and one INT for a rating of 98.5.

12th

Brady’s fourth-quarter rating (96.9)

1st

Where suspended Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski would rank on the Dolphins in receiving yards (849), average (15.4) and touchdown receptions (7)

 

97.6 to 69.9

Cutler’s passer rating under pressure (including one TD) vs. Denver actually was higher than when he faced no pressure (two INTs), according to Pro Football Focus


Kenyan Drake. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Comparing Ajayi vs. Drake

4.9

Drake’s average yards per carry, tied for eighth among qualifying leaders

4.2

Ajayi’s average

7, 7

Negative runs were a reason cited for the Dolphins trading Ajayi to Philly. Since the deal, Drake and Ajayi have the same number of runs for losses

5.4, 7.9

Both backs have maximized their touches. Drake is averaging 5.4 yards per carry since the trade (55-295, 2 TDs). Ajayi is at 7.9 (29-229, 1 TD)

106

Drake’s yards after contact (out of his 120 total) vs. Denver, according to PFF

7

Tackles broken by Drake vs. Broncos


How Dolphins have revived offense the past three weeks

The Dolphins were languishing at the bottom of the league on offense through the first 10 weeks of the season but have since shown signs of life despite facing three of the league’s top 10 defenses in yards and/or scoring. Here are some areas of improvement:

+70.3

Yards per game, up to 345.3 the past three games vs. 275 the first 10

+52.1

Passing yards per game, up from 194.9

+8.8

Points per game, up from 15.2


Jarvis Landry had the best game of any Dolphin in the 35-17 loss to New England. (Getty Images)

A look at the receivers

12

Games in which Jarvis Landry has caught at least five passes, making him the only WR in the league to do so in every game

37

Receptions by TE Julius Thomas this season

36

Receptions by WR DeVante Parker


And don’t forget about …

2 of 9

Passes completed and attempted against CB Xavien Howard by the Broncos, totaling 30 yards. Howard had two interceptions including a pick-six and was PFF’s top-rated corner of the week

12

Passes defensed by the Dolphins vs. the Broncos, tied for fourth-most in team history and tied for second-most by any team this season

.929

Field-goal percentage on 13 of 14 tries by Cody Parkey

.897

FG percentage by Baltimore’s Justin Tucker (26 of 29)


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