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There's no question that a big part of the Dolphins' 2-0 start has been their defense. In Buffalo, for example, the Dolphins didn't let the Bills inside the red zone all game. Then yesterday, the Dolphins played some outstanding red zone defense against Minnesota - bailing out the offense multiple times.
In five red zone trips yesterday, the Dolphins held the Vikings to just 10 points - while forcing two turnovers (courtesy of Brett Favre, of course) and stopping Adrian Peterson in his tracks late in the fourth quarter. And though much of the attention for that goal line stand has centered on Karlos Dansby and Vontae Davis - and rightfully so - I want to give some props to Bobby Carpenter. It was Carpenter who made the initial hit on the previous play, keeping Peterson a yard shy of the goal line. If Carpenter gets run over, the game is over.
For the season, the Dolphins are allowing touchdowns on just 20% of their opponents' red zone trips.
Offensively, the Dolphins have only been in the red zone three times - a very low figure. But they continue to be one of the more efficient red zone teams in the NFL. They have reached the endzone twice - once yesterday courtesy of a beautiful route ran by Brian Hartline on a 3rd & goal from the five.
It'll be interesting to see if Miami's red zone efficiency continues on Sunday when the hated Jets come into town.
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