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New Orleans Saints @ Miami Dolphins: Game Preview

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-0) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (2-3)

SERIES

 

SAINTS

DOLPHINS

SERIES LEADER

6-3

STREAKS

Past 2

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 0-0

Sparano: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 48-27 vs. Giants

Bye (Wk. 5: W 31-27 vs. Jets)

LAST GAME

10/30/05: Dolphins 21 at Saints 6 in Baton Rouge.  Miami defense registers 6 sacks & records safety.  Game was 1st played in Louisiana by New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/29/98: Dolphins 30, Saints 10.  Miami QB Dan Marino passes for 255 yards & 3 TDs - all to WR O.J. McDuffie (22, 7, 9) - as Dolphins improve to 9-4.

BROADCAST

FOX (4:15 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, Jaime Maggio (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Howard David, Dan Reeves.  SIRIUS: 130 (NO), 127 (Mia.).  XM: 104 (Mia.).

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 110-159-1,400 (3C)-13 (1C)-2-118.4 (1L)

Henne: 44-67-448-3-1-93.4

RUSHING

P. Thomas: 48-284-5.9-3

R. Brown: 93-443-4.8-6 (T2C)

RECEIVING

Colston: 25-394-15.8-4 (T3L)

Bess: 23-175-7.6-0

OFFENSE

430.0 (1L)

340.0

TAKE/GIVE

+9 (1L)

-3

DEFENSE

301.2

301.4

SACKS

Grant: 4

Taylor: 3.5

INTs

Sharper: 5 (1L)

W. Allen: 2

PUNTING

Morstead (R): 43.9

Fields: 44.5

KICKING

Carney: 42 (24/25 PAT; 6/7 FG)

Carpenter: 34 (13/13 PAT; 7/8 FG)

 

 

NOTES

SAINTS:  Average 38.4 points per game, most in NFL...7 different Saints scored rush or rec. TD last week.  QB DREW BREES has won 5 in row vs. AFC.  Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 15,310 pass yards.  Reached 15,000 yards with NO in 53 games, fastest in NFL history with 1 team.  Had 369 yards, 4 TDs & 156.8 rating last week...RB-PR REGGIE BUSH has 26 career TDs (14 rush, 8 rec, 4 PR) & is only Saint to score via rush, rec. & PR.  RB PIERRE THOMAS has 12 TDs (9 rush) in past 10.  Has 402 scrimmage yards (134 per game) & 4 TDs in past 3 vs. AFC...WR MARQUES COLSTON had 8 catches for 166 yards & TD last week.  Has 8 TDs in past 8.  TE JEREMY SHOCKEY has 443 receptions since 2002, 3rd most in NFL among TEs...S DARREN SHARPER has 10 INT-TDs, 2nd most all-time.  Has 97- & 99-yard INT-TD this year, only player in history with 2 95+ yard INT-TDs in season.  S ROMAN HARPER had sack & FF last week.  LB JONATHAN VILMA's teams are 6-1 vs. Mia.  DE WILL SMITH had sack in last meeting... 

DOLPHINS Club has 12-8 (.600) record after bye...Team aims for 3rd consecutive win at home...Miami averages NFL-high 177 rush yards per game...In 2 career starts, QB CHAD HENNE has completed 34 of 48 passes (70.8 pct.) for 356 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 112.8 rating...RB RONNIE BROWN averages 108.3 rush yards per game at home in '09 (325 total) & aims for 3rd consecutive game with 2 rush TDs.  RB RICKY WILLIAMS is averaging 5.2 rush yards per carry in '09 (61 att., 316 yards).  Totaled 138 yards last game (68 rush, 70 rec.).  Williams spent 3 seasons with NO (1999-2001)...WR TED GINN, JR. posted 1st TD of '09 on 53-yard rec. last game...TE ANTHONY FASONO posted 1st TD of season in last game...DE RANDY STARKS aims for 3rd consecutive game with sack...DE JASON TAYLOR leads active players with 124 sacks.  Has 16.5 sacks against Jets (most vs. any opponent) & has 7 sacks in past 6 vs. NYJ...S YEREMIAH BELL (6) needs 1 sack to surpass LIFFORT HOBLEY for most by DB in franchise history.