Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dolphins' D struggling to force turnovers

The Miami Dolphins’ defense has given up the third-most yards in the NFL this season, largely due to its inability to stall its opponents’ drives with turnovers.

Miami is the only team besides the Arizona Cardinals with no forced fumbles, and the Dolphins are tied for 20th in the league with two interceptions.

Getting opponents to lose the ball on the ground is something the Dolphins struggled with last year, as well, as Miami recovered only eight fumbles on defense in 2008, tied for 24th in the league. To give some perspective, the New York Giants recovered a league-leading 23 fumbles on defense in 2010.

The Dolphins were also tied for 28th in interceptions last season, so Miami is working to avoid a repeat performance this year.

Miami will have a chance to turn things around this week, as the San Diego Chargers have a turnover-differential of minus-six with six interceptions and two lost fumbles.

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