The Dolphins by the numbers

The Dolphins by the numbers
October 5, 2013, 11:00 am
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The Dolphins  finished 7-9 last year and have had four straight losing seasons. But under second-year coach Joe Philbin, Miami shot out to a 3-0 start including wins over Indianapolis and Atlanta before falling, 38-17, at New Orleans on Monday night. Here are some other key numbers about the Dolphins:

1: Playoff appearances by the Dolphins in the past 11 years. The Dolphins reached the wild-card round in 2008 after finishing 11-5, but lost to the Ravens, 27-9.

2: Return touchdowns last season by Marcus Thigpen. He scored on a 72-yard punt return and on a 96-yard kickoff return. He and Jacoby Jones were two of just four players last season to score on both a punt return and a kickoff return.

15: Fumbles by Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, in 20 career games. He has fumbled six times this season, the highest total in the league, and lost three of them, including one this past Monday against New Orleans.

18: Sacks allowed by the Dolphins this season, the most in the league through four games. Last season, the Dolphins allowed 37 sacks, one fewer than the Ravens.

45.5: Career sacks for Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake. He had two sacks in his only other game against the Ravens, in 2010. Wake is bothered by a knee injury and is listed as questionable.

46: Receptions of 25 yards or more by Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace since 2009. That ranks third-best in the NFL behind DeSean Jackson (55) and Calvin Johnson (54).

50.2: The average punt last season by Brandon Fields, which led the NFL and broke his own team record. Fields’ career average of 46.4 ranks second in NFL history behind Houston’s Shane Lechler.

58: Tackles for former Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, which leads the Dolphins. “He takes charge, he calls the signals, and he’s a sideline-to-sideline linebacker, just like he’s always been,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

81.5: The Dolphins rushing average per game. That ranks 25th in the league, only slightly better than the Ravens (28th).

3,294: Passing yards last season by Ryan Tannehill as a rookie. That set a franchise rookie record, surpassing the previous record by more than 1,000 yards. The old mark (2,210) had been held by Dan Marino.