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Chiefs vs. Dolphins: 10 Stats to Know

Here are some numbers to keep in mind, presented by DraftKings


The Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) host the Miami Dolphins (6-8) Sunday afternoon in a game that could give the Chiefs the division title for a second-straight year.

It'd be the first time in franchise history that the Chiefs would have successfully defended their AFC West championship. They've won a total of eight.

In addition to the division race, the game on Sunday will also obviously have playoff implications. The Chiefs are looking to get into the postseason for the fourth time in five years under Andy Reid—a win would ensure that.

Here are 10 stats to know for Sunday, presented by DraftKings:

1. The Arrowhead Advantage

We'll just leave this right here.

This entire year, the Chiefs haven't allowed a team to score more than 20 points at Arrowhead Stadium, despite facing two of the league's top 10 scoring offenses there in the Philadelphia Eagles (No. 2, 31.3 ppg), and the Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 9, 24.6 ppg).

The Eagles scored 20 and the Steelers scored 19.

Overall, the Chiefs are 28-11 in the regular season at Arrowhead Stadium under head coach Andy Reid.

2. Alex Smith is on fire, and he has chance to hit 4,000 yards passing

Smith is having the best statistical season of his 12-year NFL career, and he's not done yet.

He needs just 262 yards passing on Sunday to hit the 4,000-yard mark for the first time in his career, and the Dolphins come into this game allowing an average of 223 yards passing per game to opposing teams.

Smith has already established career-highs in terms of yards (3,738) and touchdowns (25), among several other categories, but the 4,000-yard milestone would be something different entirely.

He currently ranks sixth in the league in passing and has the best passer rating in the league on throws of at least 21 yards in the air (125.0).

3. The Dolphins have struggled offensively this year

Overall, the Dolphins rank 28th in the league by averaging just 301.6 yards of total offense per game, and they're also averaging just 18.0 points per game, which ranks 26th.

Much of those struggles can be attributed to the fact that they've turned the ball over 26 times on the year, including 14 interceptions thrown from starting quarterback Jay Cutler, who came out of retirement after Ryan Tannehill was lost for the year with a knee injury suffered in the preseason.

Cutler has played in 12 games and completed 63.2 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Overall, the Dolphins' passer rating against the blitz ranks last in the NFL at 64.29.

4. Did someone say interceptions?


Marcus Peters—the Chiefs' third-year All-Pro cornerback had a pair of interceptions and a forced fumble in their 30-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers last Saturday night.

And facing a notorious gunslinger like Jay Cutler? It's fair to think Peters will have some more opportunities on Sunday.

And then again, maybe not. Since 2015, Peters leads the league with 19 interceptions.

Maybe Cutler and the Dolphins won't even test him.

5. The Chiefs' "average margin of defeat" is the lowest in the league

The Chiefs have an "average margin of defeat" this year of 5.67, which is the lowest in the league.

Of the Chiefs' six losses this year, there's only one that was by more than one possession, and that was against the Dallas Cowboys (28-17).

6. Kareem Hunt has a chance to win the rushing title

As it currently stands, Hunt ranks second in the league with 1,201 yards rushing.

He trails the Steelers' Le'Veon Bell by just 21 yards, and leads the Rams' Todd Gurley by only 14 yards.

Those three will be fighting it out over the last two weeks of the regular season for the rushing title, which should end up being a big part of the conversation for Hunt's "Offensive Rookie of the Year" campaign.

Last week against the Chargers, Hunt set the Chiefs' rookie franchise record for yards rushing in a season, which was previously held by the late-great Joe Delaney, who had 1,121 in 1981.

The Dolphins' defense ranks 13th in the league by allowing an average of just 109.9 yards rushing per game. They have allowed 50 rushes of at least 10 yards to opposing runners this season, which is tied for 29th in the league.

7.  The Dolphins are led at receiver by Jarvis Landry

Landry, the former LSU star and college teammate of Chiefs' defensive lineman Bennie Logan, ranks third in the league with 143 targets this year, catching 98 passes for 844 yards and eight touchdowns.

For Landry, 104 of those targets have come within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. He has just three catches for more than 20 yards this year.

8. Tyreek Hill is still really fast

According to the folks at Next Gen Stats, Hill has four of the five fastest recorded speeds on touchdown receptions this season, including the top three.

Hill's top speed was 21.64 miles-per-hour, which he hit on his 64-yard touchdown in Week 7 against the Oakland Raiders.

9. The Chiefs haven't turned it over much this year

The Chiefs rank No. 1 in the league by giving it away just nine times all year, and their turnover differential ( 12) ranks third in the league.

Reid is 110-24 in his career when his teams win the turnover battle.

10. Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake

The Dolphins boast a couple of fantastic front-seven defensive players in Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake, who have combined for 61 quarterback pressures this season, according to Pro Football Focus.




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