Lions-Dolphins Preview Capsule
DETROIT (2-3) at MIAMI (4-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Lions by 1
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Detroit 4-1, Miami 4-2
SERIES RECORD - Dolphins lead 7-4
LAST MEETING - Lions beat Dolphins 20-16, Nov. 9, 2014
LAST WEEK — Lions had bye, beat Packers 31-23 on Oct. 7; Dolphins beat Bears 31-28, OT
AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions No. 22, Dolphins No. 13
LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (23), PASS (14).
LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (30), PASS (7).
DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (16), PASS (25).
DOLPHINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (21), PASS (24).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams meet for only 12th time, with first game in 1973. ... Lions 0-2 on road, and Dolphins have won first three home games for first time since 2002. ... Detroit's next seven opponents are .500 or better, and four games are against first-place teams, including Miami. ... Lions' coverages rank last in NFL on punts and sixth worst on kickoffs. Dolphins rank second in kickoff return average and third in punt return average. ... Lions' run defense ranks third worst in yards allowed per carry and per game. ... Lions' Matt Stafford is trying for fifth game in row with at least two touchdown passes and 100 passer rating. Stafford threw four interceptions in opener but has only one since. ... Kerryon Johnson ranks second among NFC rookies with 286 yards rushing. ... Lions rank 21st in rushing after finishing 28th, 32nd, 30th and 32nd past four years. ... Dolphins have more wins than their next six opponents. ... Dolphins are tied for AFC East lead even though they've been outgained by 398 yards. Opponents have five-minute per-game advantage in time of possession. ... In three seasons under coach Adam Gase, Dolphins are 17-5 in one-score games. ... Miami netted 541 yards last week, team's highest total in 30 years. ... Miami's Frank Gore had 46th career 100-yard rushing game last week. Gore's average of 4.9 yards per carry is his best since 2009. ... Last week Brock Osweiler became first quarterback to win his first start with Miami since Chad Henne in 2009. Osweiler is Dolphins' 19th starting QB since Dan Marino retired following 1999 season. ... Miami WR Albert Wilson was RB growing up and says favorite player was Detroit's Barry Sanders. Wilson's 150 yards receiving in fourth quarter last week represented third-highest fourth-quarter total in NFL since 1991. ... Miami CB Xavien Howard is tied for NFL lead with three interceptions. ... LB Kiko Alonso ranks second with 61 tackles and is tied for third with three forced fumbles. ... Fantasy tip: Gore could have big day against Lions' shaky run defense, especially if they tire in 90-degree subtropical sunshine.
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