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Comparing the Stats: Miami Dolphins vs Detroit Lions

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Comparing the stats of the Dolphins and Lions in preparation of Sunday's matchup between teams on three-game winning streaks.

Dolphins defensive ends Cameron Wake (91) and Olivier Vernon.
Dolphins defensive ends Cameron Wake (91) and Olivier Vernon.
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This Sunday will feature a lineup of important and fun-to-watch games, but none more so than the Miami Dolphins (5-3) at Detroit Lions (6-2). This is an interesting game between similar teams on an up-swing. The winner of this game will be on track to claiming a playoff berth.

Let's take a look at the stats in this matchup:

OFFENSE

OFFENSE LIONS DOLPHINS
Points per game 20.3 (24th) 26.4 (9th)
Total yards per game 338.8 (20th) 365.8 (11th)
Rush yards per game 79.6 (31st) 137.3 (4th)
Rush yards per attempt 3.1 (32nd) 4.8 (3rd)
Pass yards per game 259.1 (9th) 228.5 (18th)
Sacks allowed 24 (T-28th) 17 (T-12th)
1st downs per game 19.1 (23rd) 22.3 (7th)
3rd down conversion % 42.7 (10th) 41.2 (15th)
Giveaways 11 (T-9th) 12 (T-14th)
Average time of possession 32:53 (5th) 30:21 (14th)

DEFENSE

DEFENSE LIONS DOLPHINS
Points per game 15.8 (1st) 18.9 (3rd)
Total yards per game 290.4 (1st) 304.6 (3rd)
Rush yards per game 74 (2nd) 103.5 (12th)
Rush yards per attempt 3.3 (1st) 4.0 (11th)
Pass yards per game 216.4 (5th) 201.1 (2nd)
Completion percentage 62.4 (13th) 58.5 (4th)
Sacks 23 (T-9th) 25 (T-5th)
Takeaways 12 (T-17th) 18 (T-2nd)

CONTEXT & KEY STATS:

- Consider that Detroit has been without the best receiver in the league, Calvin Johnson, for their past three games. Interestingly enough, Detroit won all three of those games.

- The Lions are coming off of their bye week.

- In their last two games before their bye week, the Lions were outscored 31-3 in the first half of games against the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. However, the Lions were lethal in the second half of those games, outscoring their opponents 43-13 and claiming victory in both contests.

- Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been sacked an average of 5 times in losses this season. He's only been sacked an average of 2.3 times in wins.

- The Lions have turned the ball over five times in their two losses. They've turned it over only six times in their six wins this season.

- The combined record of the teams the Lions have played: 27-39