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Patriots vs. Dolphins: The Cold, Hard Football Facts

A look at tonight’s Patriots-Dolphins showdown, through the eyes of the football stat experts at

Miami’s sorry QB situation

1983 Last time Miami drafted a first-round QB (Dan Marino)

33 Career interceptions by current starting QB Chad Henne

27 Career touchdown passes by Henne

15 Starting QBs the Dolphins have used since Marino

4 Consecutive drafts Miami has used a second-round pick on a QB (2006-2009)

0 Total impact of those players

New England on third down

The Patriots desperately need to improve thirddown defense in 2011. Here are the five worst third-down defenses since 2000 (team, opponents’ conversion percentage, team record):
2004 Raiders 47.42%, 5-11
2008 Chiefs 47.39%, 2-14
2008 Colts 47.39%, 12-4
2000 Cardinals 47.30%, 4-12
2010 Patriots 47.14%, 14-2’s player to watch
In tonight’s other game, Darren McFadden owners are drooling over his matchup against the
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