2. Zero turnovers for Brian Flores’ team
It’s somewhat ironic that the team’s current winning streak began with one of its worst performances of the season. Back in Week 9 at home, the Miami Dolphins turned over the ball a season-high five times and still managed to defeat the Houston Texans, 17-9.
It’s been a rough year for Brian Flores’ club in terms of holding onto the pigskin and quite a difference from a season ago. In 2020, the team finished 10-6, led the NFL with 29 takeaways and gave up the football 20 times. In other words, a plus-9 turnover differential by the Dolphins.
This season, the takeaways were harder to come in the early stages of 2021. Things have begun to change in terms of the team’s own mistakes as well as forcing turnovers (more on the latter later). But it’s worth noting that the Dolphins are currently minus-3 in turnover differential – due mainly to a disappointing 19 turnovers in 11 contests.
The Carolina Panthers have just 13 takeaways in 11 games – three fewer than the Dolphins. The club has forced seven turnovers in five victories and totaled six takeaways in as many losses. Look for Flores’ surging team to take care of the football.