Preview: Patriots at Miami Dolphins

Rich Lyons takes a look at the the key stats for this week's game and provides a snapshot of what the stats mean with his preview analysis.

"And maybe there's no peace in this world, for us or for anyone else, I don't know. But I do know that, as long as we live, we must remain true to ourselves." ~Spartacus

Here's a look at how the Patriots match up against the Dolphins in this week's game at Miami.

Stats:



 

TOTAL OFFENSE

 
 

NE

MIA

POINTS/GAME

38.1 (1ST)

21.3 (13TH)

YARDS/GAME

431.2 (1ST)

325.0 (21ST)

TURNOVERS

5 (2ND)

12 (23RD)

PENALTIES

26 (9TH)

43 (29TH)

PENALTY YARDS

225 (13TH)

348 (30TH)

3RD DOWN

48.5% (14TH)

40.0% (23RD)

4TH DOWN

60.0% (3RD)

100.0% (1ST)

SCORING EFFICIENCY

56.5% (2ND)

40.3% (6TH)

 

 

 

TOTAL DEFENSE

 

NE

MIA

OPP. POINTS/GAME

15.3 (6TH)

30.3 (29TH)

OPP. TOTAL YARDS/GAME

257.0 (2ND)

352.2 (23RD)

OPP. 3RD DOWN

30.6% (1ST)

53.8% (31ST)

OPP. 4TH DOWN

50.0% (14TH)

66.7% (29TH)

OPP. SCORING EFFICIENCY

22.7% (2ND)

54.1% (32ND)

 


Opponents' Grades And Analysis:

 

PASS OFFENSE

 

CLEO LEMON

QB

C+

MARTY BOOKER

WR

B

TED GINN, JR.

WR

B-

DEREK HAGAN

WR

C

DAVID MARTIN

TE

B-

Miami traded away its best receiver, Chris Chambers, to the Chargers for a second round pick in next year's draft. Does that mean they are throwing the towel in on this season? Not necessarily. Lemon has proved to be a capable quarterback coming in for Trent Green. Lemon accounted for four touchdowns in last week's loss to Cleveland (two rushing, two passing). While Lemon loses a nice weapon in Chambers, it didn't appear as though he was relied on too heavily in scoring situations, having zero touchdown catches. Marty Booker has been a consistently solid guy catching balls. Ted Ginn has become a bigger part of the offense with every passing week, and quite frankly has to be considering the spot he was taken in the draft. Look for a bunch of balls to go his way with Booker being covered by Asante Samuel. David Martin is quietly becoming one of the better young tight ends in the league. While not mentioned above, Ronnie Brown is now the team's leading receiver, and will get a lot of looks coming out of the backfield.

 

RUSH OFFENSE

RONNIE BROWN

RB

A-

REAGAN MAUIA

FB

C

VERNON CAREY

LT

B

CHRIS LIWIENSKI

LG

B

SAMSON SATELE

C

B-

REX HADNOT

RG

B-

L.J. SHELTON

RT

B-

 

On either side of the ball, this is by far and away the best part of this Dolphins team. Ronnie Brown has literally and figuratively carried this offense. His 526 yards on the ground places him third in the league. After battling injuries and having two average seasons (average for a guy picked 2nd overall in the draft), Brown has emerged as one of the top backs in the league. He also has a 5.2 average per carry, and has yet to fumble the football. The line in front of him is a little above average. Vernon Carey has made a fairly good transition from guard to tackle over the last few years. The Dolphins think Satele is a future Pro-Bowler at center, and they should hope so, as he was part of the compensation in the Wes Welker trade to the Patriots.

RUSH DEFENSE

MATT ROTH

RDE

B-

KEITH TRAYLOR

RDT

B

RODRIQUE WRIGHT

LDT

C-

JASON TAYLOR

LDE

A+

JOEY PORTER

ROLB

A-

ZACH THOMAS

MLB

A

CHANNING CROWDER

LOLB

B+

While this group certainly has a lot of big names and big talent, they are not getting any younger, and the rust is starting to show on them. Taylor is probably the best defensive end in football, and has been an absolute house of horrors against the Pats. You don't have to look to far to see his, and the Dolphin dominance. Last year, in their 21-0 win at Miami, Taylor and Co. Sacked Tom Brady four times, held Corey Dillon to 79 yards rushing, and forced three fumbles. I expect the Dolphins to bullrush Brady with both Taylor and Joey Porter from opposite ends. Sammy Morris definitely won't play, and Laurence Maroney likely won't, so this unit will be facing third-stringer Kevin Faulk on Sunday, making it that much easier for them to disrupt the offense. Not having Vonnie Holliday in the lineup will certainly weaken the line, as Holliday and Taylor make up one of the best tackle/end combos in the league.

PASS DEFENSE

WILL ALLEN

RCB

B

RENALDO HILL

FS

B

CAMERON WORRELL

SS

D+

MICHAEL LEHAN

RCB

C

In all honesty, in the front seven does not get pressure on Brady, this unit will get absolutely torched. The Cowboys had a fairly good secondary, and look what happened to them. What Miami needs to do to is to stay at home on play fakes, and really read what Brady and the rest of the offense are doing to try and move the ball. They need to be looking to make the big play and try to get the offense good field position when they are starting their drives. If Brady has time, this game could get ugly real quick.

 

Advantages:

When New England Has The Ball:

NE OFFENSE

DAL DEFENSE

ADV.

RUN YARDS/GAME

141.7 (7TH)

168.5 (31ST)

NE

YARDS/CARRY

4.2 (14TH)

4.5 (25TH)

NE

RUSHING FIRST DOWNS

58 (1ST)

55 (32ND)

NE

RUSHING FUMBLES

2 (13TH)

1 (28TH)

NE

PASS YARDS/GAME

289.5 (1ST)

183.7 (6TH)

NE

COMPLETION %

72.5% (1ST)

58.7% (7TH)

NE

PASSING FIRST DOWNS

87 (1ST)

60 (13TH)

NE

QB RATING

128.9 (1ST)

96.7 (29TH)

NE

INTERCEPTIONS

2 (4TH)

3 (30TH)

NE

SACKS

6 (4TH)

8 (26TH)

NE

 

Advantage: New England

 

When Miami Has The Ball:

MIA OFFENSE

NE DEFENSE

ADV.

RUN YARDS/GAME

104.5 (18TH)

78.3 (5TH)

NE

YARDS/CARRY

4.8 (7TH)

4.0 (17TH)

MIA

RUSHING FIRST DOWNS

43 (4TH)

27 (9TH)

MIA

RUSHING FUMBLES

3 (19TH)

0 (30TH)

MIA

PASS YARDS/GAME

220.5 (16TH)

178.7 (4TH)

NE

COMPLETION %

58.8% (25TH)

59.3% (8TH)

NE

PASSING FIRST DOWNS

70 (11TH)

63 (16TH)

MIA

QB RATING

69.9 (26TH)

74.0 (9TH)

NE

INTERCEPTIONS

10 (30TH)

9 (5TH)

NE

SACKS

10 (15TH)

16 (6TH)

NE

Advantage: New England


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