Time to talk about the Game: Saints vs Dolphins

Sounds like I’ve said this before, but the Monday night matchup for the Saints is another big game for both teams. By the time the Saints and Dolphins game starts Monday night we’ll know who the winner of the New England – Atlanta game is.
Coming into week 4 the Saints have a two game lead on Atlanta, and the Dolphins and Patriots are tied in the AFC East. So the results of the Patriot – Falcons game will effect the two teams on Monday night.
Defense
For the Saints this is the start of a three week stretch that see them playing the Dolphins, Bears and Patriots before the bye week. At this point all three of those teams are like the Saints, undefeated.
Team Stats     
Total Offense Total Defense GiveAway/TakeAway Time of Possession
Saints 6th 4th +2 1st
Dolphins 26th 22nd +2 24th
The stats give the Saints a big edge, the problem is in the biggest stat, wins and losses, both teams are even. Saints fans, after looking at the stats, don’t take the Dolphins lightly. In their 3 games this year two of their wins have come against playoff teams from last year.
 
The other thing that caught my eye this week was that the Saints are #1 in time of possession. I had to check that one twice, with the running game having their issues I didn’t think that would be possible. But two things factor in, 1. the Saints short passing game is basically the same as the running game in that a completed pass keeps the time moving as well as the chains. 2. The Saints defense has been forcing opposing teams into a lot of 3 and outs.
Saints Record vs the Dolphins 4-6:
Date Where Winner Results
10/25/2009
Miami New Orleans 46-34
10/30/2005
New Orleans Miami 21-6
11/29/1998
Miami Miami 30-10
10/15/1995
New Orleans New Orleans 33-30
11/29/1992
New Orleans New Orleans 24-13
12/07/1986
New Orleans Miami 31-27
10/02/1983
New Orleans New Orleans 17-7
09/28/1980
Miami Miami 21-16
11/10/1974
New Orleans Miami 21-0
11/15/1970
Miami Miami 21-10
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