Buffalo Bills: Inside the numbers of the Miami Dolphins entering Week 17
These are some key stats for the Miami Dolphins entering their game with the Buffalo Bills in Week 17.
The Buffalo Bills will be finishing the regular season at home as they face the Miami Dolphins. The two teams faced off early in the season which the Bills came away with a 31-28 win. However, plenty has changed since then.
This is a recap of some of the key stats for the Miami Dolphins as they enter this weekend’s game with the Buffalo Bills.
Total Yards: 331.3 yards per game (23rd)
Passing Yards: 223.5 yards per game (25th)
Rushing Yards: 107.9 yards per game (22nd)
Points: 25.2 points per game (15th)
The Miami Dolphins seemingly have some questions at quarterback as Tua Tagovailoa became the starting quarterback for them. However, since then the team has turned to Ryan Fitzpatrick twice because the rookie has struggled.
While the Dolphins are in playoff contention it is not because of their offense. They struggle to really move the ball and rank in the bottom third of the league in most yardage categories. Meanwhile, they are right in the middle in points per game which is due in large part to their defense giving them great starting position due to turnovers.
Total Yards Allowed: 362.1 yards allowed per game (20th)
Passing Yards Allowed: 243.1 yards allowed per game (19th)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 118.9 yards allowed per game (17th)
Points Allowed: 18.8 points allowed per game (1st)
One of the reasons the Dolphins are able to rank in the bottom half of the league in yards allowed but first in points allowed per game is turnovers. This defense does an excellent job of forcing turnovers and is tied for a league-high with 27. They are tied for second in interceptions with 16 and tied for fourth in fumbles with 11.
In a game where the Bills are likely to give their backups plenty of work but the Dolphins keeping their starters in a game that is must-win, it is going to be important for players like Matt Barkley to be smart with the football and not give this defense the chance to force turnovers.