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The money down belongs to Miami's offense

Readers of this blog -- and there have been over 180,000 unique visitors so far this month -- know the NFL game consists of first down, second down, the money down, and fourth down.

Third down is where players make their big money because it is the most important down.

If the offense is converting on third down, it is staying on the field and depressing the heck out of the defense. If the defense is winning on third down after third down, it is shutting down the opposition's opportunities to score because the opposition is busy headed to their seats on the bench.

So I think we can all agree, third down is the money down.

Now, let's agree on this. The Dolphins are doing excellent work on third down so far this season.

I wrote earlier this week how the Dolphins are very good at converting third-and-2 or fewer yards. Very good is translated as they are converting 85 percent of the time in those situations and no one in the NFL is doing any better.

Well, today we expand on that a little bit.

Simply said, the Miami offense -- for all its flaws and shortcomings -- leads the NFL in third down conversion. The Dolphins have converted 42 of 75 third down plays into first downs this year. That's a 56 percent conversion rate and, it bears repeating, that is the NFL's best rate.

[Quick aside here: The Dolphins are tied for the NFL lead in fourth down conversion. They've converted 5 of 5 situations this season for a perfect 100 percent rate. Atlanta and the New York Jets also have a 100 percent success rate on fourth down.]

So despite a QB change, despite a receiver corps that begs upgrading, Miami's offense is doing work on third down. The defense?

Good. But not great.

Miami's defense is rated No. 12 in the NFL in stopping third down conversions. Miami's defenders have allowed 21 of 58 third down plays to convert into first downs or touchdowns. That's 36.2 percent.

And that's better than Pittsburgh (42.4) or Minnesota (41.4) or Indianapolis (45.6). But it pales compared to Denver (28.4) or, sure enough, New Orleans (26.8).

By the way, Miami's offense matching up against the Saints defense on third down should be interesting. Both are outstanding on the money down as you see above.

The Saints offense is rated No. 8 in third down efficiency so they seem to have a slight advantage satistically against Miami's defense. But the difference is not as vast as the teams' records suggest.

Anyway, the chart below breaks down Miami in every third down situation it has faced this year on offense and defense. You will note the Dolphins offense is not very good in third-and-nine or more (3 of 16). That speaks to Miami's need to improve its passing game.

The defense is giving up too much success on third-and-10 or more (7 of 16). That is not acceptable because the defense has a built-in advantage in long passing situations and Miami's defense isn't cashing in on that advantage so far this season.


  .........1.......2......3.....4.....5......6.....7.....8.....9....10+  TOT.    %

Miami 11-12..6-8..7-7..2-6..7-11..3-6..2-6..1-3..0-6..3-10..42-75  56.0%

Opps. 3-5.....2-4...3-6..0-4..1-4...1-4...2-4..2-7..0-4..7-16..21-58  36.2%


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must be your mama Kdolphins

Dying Breed,

I can laugh comfortable at your attempt at insult me, knowing confidently my Caribbean queen ten times finer than any woman ever let you touch her. I am thankful and lucky to be marry to such great lady. Even better to that, she go to dolphins game with me and start to like football.

I think this might top the jets game, nobody gave us a chance for that one. To be honest the only way to beat the saints is to do exactly what we are good at better than they do what they're good at

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carlito it is funny how nj posts right after the other two posts. me thinks he trick you bad. time to have a meatball sub, no cheez this time

How are the two the same?

carlito from golfito
monito de golfito
carlito is brown
monito is brown
carlito is little(like most Nicaraguans)
monito is little
carlito likes banana
monito likes banana
carlito does not write well
monito does not write well( assuming you teach monkey to write)

I say carlito and monito are the same.

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Anybody knows if I will be able to catch the game online? Where?

Yo yo yo... I have a pet monkey and taught him to say three words 4 months ago. He now says "Henne the Hero" cool huh?

carlito looky here how nj all sudden posts twice as plomero and himself tricky dude. sick part he has been watching the last hour, poor sick boy

notice how plomero and nj both say hahahahahahhahahaha

dont worry carlito, someone we know will distribute the wealth so NJ employees get more money and Nj get less.

"If the offense is converting on third down, it is staying on the field and depressing the heck out of the defense."
well dorfus..If the offense is converting on 1st down, it is staying on the field and If the offense is converting on 2nd down, it is staying on the field. every down is the money down. get a clue!

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