Week 12 NFL Capsule – Dolphins vs Broncos



STREAKS 8 of past 10
COACHES VS. OPP. Philbin: 0-0 Fox: 1-2
LAST WEEK W 22-9 vs. Bills L 22-7 at Rams
LAST GAME 10/23/11: Broncos 18 at Dolphins 15 (OT). Denver QB Tim Tebow passes for 2 TDs & RB Willis McGahee rushes for 76 yards. Broncos K Matt Prater converts game-winning 52-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/08: Dolphins 26, Broncos 17. Miami defense records 3 INTs, including 32-yard INT-TD by CB Will Allen. Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown adds 59 rushing yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (2:25 PM MT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (Mia.), 113 (Den.). XM: 227 (Den.).


PASSING Tannehill: 231-353-2354-17-7-92.2 Manning: 273-407-3301 (2L)-30 (1L)-9-107.1 (1C)
RUSHING Miller: 125-614-4.9-5 (T3C) Anderson: 39-201-5.2-0
  1. Wallace: 44-557-12.7-6
  2. Thomas: 72 (2L)-1105 (2L)-15.3-6
OFFENSE 348.4 412.9 (3L)
DEFENSE 302.5 (1C) 316.4 (2C)
SACKS Wake: 8.5
  1. Miller: 10 (T3C)
INTs Grimes: 5 (2L) Moore: 3
PUNTING Fields: 44.8 Colquitt: 44.3
KICKING Sturgis: 89 (T3L) (26/26 PAT; 21/25 FG) McManus (R): 61 (37/37 PAT; 8/11 FG)


DOLPHINS: Have won 4 of past 5…In past 7, QB RYAN TANNEHILL has completed 161 of 229 (70.3 pct.) for 1,730 yards & 13 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 102.0 rating. Club is 16-1 (.941) when Tannehill has 90+ rating, incl. last week vs. Buf. (240 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 114.8 rating). Has 70+ comp. pct. in 4 of past 5…Last week, RB LAMAR MILLER led team with 98 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 12 rec.). Has 3 rush TDs in past 4 on road…WR MIKE WALLACE aims for 3rd in row with TD vs. Broncos in reg. sea. Rookie WR-KR JARVIS LANDRY (Round 2, No. 63 overall) has TD catch in 2 of past 3, incl. 1 last week. Leads NFL rookies in KR avg. (31.2). TE CHARLES CLAY aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches…Defense has 30 sacks, tied for 2nd in AFC…In past 6, DE CAMERON WAKE has 6.5 sacks, FF & FR. DE OLIVIER VERNON has sack in 2 of past 3. Since joining Dolphins in 2013, CB BRENT GRIMES has 9 INTs, tied for 2nd most in NFL. LB JELANI JENKINS leads team with 66 tackles…BRONCOS: QB PEYTON MANNING aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TDs & 0 INTs vs. Dolphins. Has TD pass in 49 consecutive games, 3rd-longest streak in NFL history…In past 2, RB C.J. ANDERSON is averaging 139 scrimmage yards per game (278 total; 119 rush, 159 rec.). Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 100+ rec. yards in 7 consecutive games, tied for 2nd-longest streak all-time. In past 7, has 964 yards (16.3 avg.) & 5 TDs. Had TD catch in only career meeting. Since 2012, leads AFC with 30 TD rec. WR WES WELKER (49) needs TD catch to become 3rd undrafted player since 1967 to reach 50 career. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has 7 TDs in past 5 & 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. TE JULIUS THOMAS leads NFL with 12 TD catches. 1st TE in history with back-to-back 12-TD seasons…Broncos are 1 of 2 NFL teams with 2 players with 9+ sacks each (LBs VON MILLER & DE MARCUS WARE). Since entering NFL in 2011, Miller is 2nd in AFC with 45 sacks. Had sack in only career meeting. LB BRANDON MARSHALL leads team with 88 tackles, incl. game-high 15 last week.

Lions Late Rally Tops Dolphins In Tough 20-16 Setback

Miami Dolphins v Detroit Lions

The Dolphins had a shot to make a statement win on Sunday, but instead it will go down as a hard to swallow four-point loss, as the Fins fell to Matthew Stafford and Detroit 20-16 at Ford Field.

The Fins took a 16-13 lead with 4:19 remaining on a 20-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis. It was the second time the Dolphins settled for three points near the Detroit goal line.

The Lions had to punt, but they forced Miami to do the same, and Stafford still had 3:13 left when Detroit took over on its 26.

Finally, on third down from the 11, Stafford scrambled a bit to his left and threw to Theo Riddick, the 5-foot-9 running back who slipped behind Reshad Jones in the end zone.

The loss for Miami drops them to 5-4 on the season.

Miami used their special teams to get back in the game, as the Lions took a 10-0 lead, but another huge play on special teams allowed the Dolphins to get back in the game.

Matt Prater’s
42-yard attempt was blocked by Earl Mitchell in the third quarter, and Dion Jordan’s 58-yard return put the ball at the Detroit 3, and set up Ryan Tannehill’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace to make it 10-7.

Tannehill threw for 215 yards, but it was Stafford who made the final big play, snapping a sidearm pass to a sliding Riddick in the back left corner of the end zone.

The loss means the Dolphins are tied with the Bills at 5-4 for second on the AFC East, both teams trail the Patriots who are 7-2 on the season.

Dolphins at Lions Friday Injury Report

Status Report
OUT TE Dion Sims (toe)
DOUBTFUL G Daryn Colledge (back)
QUESTIONABLE RB Lamar Miller (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (ankle), DT Earl Mitchell (abdomen), LB Kelvin Sheppard (hip, groin), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)
PROBABLE TE Charles Clay (knee), DT Anthony Johnson (back), LB Chris McCain (foot), C Mike Pouncey (hip), LB Jordan Tripp (ankle)
Practice Report
Wednesday TE Dion Sims (toe)
Thursday TE Dion Sims (toe)
Friday G Daryn Colledge (back), LB Kelvin Sheppard (hip, groin), TE Dion Sims (toe)
Wednesday TE Charles Clay (knee), RB Lamar Miller (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (ankle), C Mike Pouncey (hip), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)
Thursday TE Charles Clay (knee), G Daryn Colledge (back), RB Lamar Miller (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (ankle), DT Earl Mitchell (abdomen), C Mike Pouncey (hip), LB Kelvin Sheppard (hip, groin), LB Jordan Tripp (ankle), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)
Friday TE Charles Clay (knee), DT Anthony Johnson (back), RB Lamar Miller (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (ankle), DT Earl Mitchell (abdomen), C Mike Pouncey (hip), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)
Wednesday G Daryn Colledge (back), LB Chris McCain (foot)
Thursday DT Anthony Johnson (back), LB Chris McCain (foot)
Friday LB Chris McCain (foot), LB Jordan Tripp (ankle)
Status Report
OUT DT Nick Fairley (knee)
DOUBTFUL TE Eric Ebron (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot)
PROBABLE DE Ezekiel Ansah (toe), RB Reggie Bush (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DE George Johnson (hamstring), T LaAdrian Waddle (concussion)
Practice Report
Wednesday TE Eric Ebron (hamstring), DT Nick Fairley (knee), TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot)
Thursday DT Nick Fairley (knee)
Friday DT Nick Fairley (knee), DE George Johnson (hamstring)
Wednesday TE Joseph Fauria (ankle)
Thursday DE Ezekiel Ansah (toe), TE Eric Ebron (hamstring), TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot)
Friday DE Ezekiel Ansah (toe), TE Eric Ebron (hamstring), TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot)
Wednesday RB Reggie Bush (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), T LaAdrian Waddle (concussion)
Thursday RB Reggie Bush (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), T LaAdrian Waddle (concussion)
Friday RB Reggie Bush (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), T LaAdrian Waddle (concussion)

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Poll: NFL Week 7 Matchup – Who Wins the Dolphins or Bears?


NFL Week 7 Capsule – Dolphins at Bears



STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Philbin: 0-0 Trestman: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 27-24 vs. Packers W 27-13 at Falcons
LAST GAME 11/18/10: Bears 16 at Dolphins 0. Chicago RB Matt Forté rushes for 97 yards. Bears DE Julius Peppers records 3 sacks as defense holds Miami to 187 net yards in shutout.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/5/06: Dolphins 31, Bears 13. Miami QB Joey Harrington throws 3 TD passes. Dolphins defense forces 3 fumbles & records 3 INTs, including 20-yard INT-TD by DE Jason Taylor.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (Mia.), 92 (Chi.). XM: 226 (Chi.).


PASSING Tannehill: 113-186-1146-8-5-81.5 Cutler: 156-229-1676 (2C)-13 (2C)-6-97.4
RUSHING Miller: 63-330-5.2-3 Forté: 99-399-4.0-2
  1. Wallace: 25-313-12.5-4
Forté (RB): 46 (1L)-376-8.2-1
OFFENSE 353.2 370.2
DEFENSE 331.6 349.8
SACKS Vernon, Wake: 3.5 Young: 7 (1L)
INTs 3 tied: 1 Fuller (R): 3 (T1L)
PUNTING Fields: 43.9 O’Donnell: 44.2
KICKING Sturgis: 40 (13/13 PAT; 9/10 FG) Gould: 39 (15/16 PAT; 8/9 FG)


DOLPHINS: In past 2, QB RYAN TANNEHILL has completed 43 of 62 (69.4 pct.) for 522 yards & 4 TDs for 96.3 rating. Club is 13-1 (.929) when Tannehill has 90+ rating. Rushed for season-high 49 yards vs. GB…RB LAMAR MILLER has 292 scrimmage yards (225 rush, 67 rec.) & 3 rush TDs in past 3. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…In past 2 vs. NFC, WR MIKE WALLACE has 10 catches for 194 yards & 2 TDs, including 67 yards & TD last week vs. GB. Has TD catch in 5 of past 6. WR BRIAN HARTLINE (3,930) needs 70 rec. yards to become 7th player in club history to reach 4,000. Had 5 catches for 70 yards in last meeting. Rookie WR JARVIS LANDRY (Rd. 2, No. 63 overall) had career-highs in catches (6) & yards (75) & scored 1st career TD last week…DE CAMERON WAKE has 10 sacks in past 8 vs. NFC, including 1.5 vs. GB. Ranks 4th in club history with 55 sacks & needs 2 to surpass TRACE ARMSTRONG (56.5) for 3rd in team annals. LB OLIVIER VERNON has 10.5 sacks & FF in past 12…BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 9 of past 11 starts vs. AFC. Is 2nd in NFC with 13 TD passes…In last meeting, RB MATT FORTÉ rushed for 97 yards & TD. In past 5 at home, has 797 scrimmage yards (159.4 per game), 499 rush yards (99.8 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 rush). Last week, had 157 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 77 rec.) & 2 TDs. Leads NFL with 46 catches…WRs ALSHON JEFFERY (136 yards) & BRANDON MARSHALL (113) each had 100 rec. yards last week. Marshall played 2 years in Mia. & had 167 catches for 2,228 yards (2 1,000-yard seasons) with 9 TDs. Has 10 rec. TDs in past 10 at home. Aims for 4th in row at home with TD. Since 2012, has 28 rec. TDs, tied for 2nd most in NFL. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has 3 TDs in past 2 vs. AFC…Rookie CB KYLE FULLER is only player in NFL with 3+ INTs & 3+ FFs. DE WILLIE YOUNG leads NFL with 7 sacks. Since 2012, CB TIM JENNINGS is 2nd in NFL with 13 INTs & ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. Has 11 INTs in past 17 at home. DE JARED ALLEN aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with sack. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 129.5 sacks.

Rick Ross Looking to Spread His Business Empire to the NFL

Rick Ross

William Leonard Roberts II, popularly known by his stage name Rick Ross, is seemingly stopping at nothing to live up to his magnanimous hustler reputation and bossy lifestyle. In a recent interview with TV mogul Angie Martinez, the Maybach Music Group (MMG) founder revealed that he is interested in spreading his business tentacles to the ownership of an NFL franchise.

After being reportedly interested in buying “a small percentage of the Dolphins for a long time”, the Miami Dolphins management finally invited him for a discussion of prospectively doing business with them. They probably know that the only way to improve their NFL odds in the coming seasons is by getting a healthy dose of cash, but while the nitty gritties of the deal are yet to be revealed publicly, the 2012 MTV’s hottest MC in the Game told Martinez that the discussions in the Dolphins’ office “was a real positive conversation.”

If the deal goes through, as it is highly hoped for, Rick Ross will join the elite group of rich celebrities that fully or partly own sports franchises, most notably Will Smith and Jada Pinkitt Smith (own a stake of the Philadelphia 76ers), Jay Z (owns the New Jersey Nets), Nelly and Michael Jordan (part owners of the Charlotte Bobcats), Russell Crowe (purchased the National Rugby League team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs) and Usher (bought a stake of the Cleveland Cavaliers).

Even more interestingly, Ross imminent shareholding at the Miami Dolphins will make him join a celebrity-studded list of part owners of the NFL team. Some of these Dolphins’ part owners include Venus and Serena Williams, Jennifer Lopez and ex-husband Marc Anthony, Wayne Huizenga, Fergie, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and Stephen Ross.

According to the 38 year old rapper and songwriter, who will be dropping his next album Hood Billionaire on Nov. 24, 2014, the Dolphins will decide when the move is finalized. To the Hiphop community, most of whom are diehard football fans, the move is enchantingly welcomed, especially because it is a true sign of sportsmanship from Rick Ross who was born and bred in Miami. For the Dolphins, this will of course be a great business step and an opportunity to better the team, going by their recent financial shake-ups that have hindered them from competing at the very highest levels with other financially stable teams.

Packers vs Dolphins Wednesday Injury Report


Practice Report



WR Jarrett Boykin (groin), DE Datone Jones (ankle)



LB Sam Barrington (hamstring), DT Josh Boyd (knee)


Practice Report



CB Cortland Finnegan (neck), WR Brandon Gibson (hamstring)



LB Jelani Jenkins (abdomen), LB Koa Misi (ankle), RB Knowshon Moreno (elbow), C Samson Satele (fibula)



T Branden Albert (shoulder), TE Charles Clay (knee)