Closer look at Falcons-Dolphins matchup

September 21, 2013 

ATLANTA (1-1) at MIAMI (2-0)

4:05 p.m., FOX, WIOL_FM 95.7

Opening line: Dolphins by 1

Record vs. the spread: Atlanta 1-1, Miami 2-0

Series record: Dolphins lead 7-4

Last meeting: Falcons beat Dolphins 19-7, Sept. 13, 2009

Last week: Falcons beat Rams 31-24; Dolphins beat Colts 24-20

Streaks, stats, notes: Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez has six touchdown catches in six games against Miami. ... Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan was Dolphins defensive coordinator in 2010-11. ... Atlanta coach Mike Smith is 16-4 against AFC. ... Matt Ryan has completed 71.6 percent of passes, second best in NFL to Tony Romo (72.5). ... Atlanta's Matt Bosher leads league with average of 49.9 yards per punt. ... Falcons have run ball 30 times, fewest in NFL, and are without top RB Steven Jackson (thigh). ... With win, Miami would be 3-0 for first time since 2002. ... Dolphins tied for NFL lead with nine sacks and tied for second with four interceptions. Their opponents have passer rating of 62.4, fourth lowest in league. ... Ryan Tannehill has been sacked nine times, tied for second most. ... Miami long snapper John Denney will break franchise record he shares with Jason Taylor when he plays in 131st consecutive game Sunday. ... Dolphins went without penalty last week for first time in 15 seasons. ... Dolphins are averaging 2.4 yards per rush, third worst in NFL. ... Miami's wideouts have two touchdown catches. They totaled only three in 2012. ... Despite being undefeated, Dolphins have been outgained 739 yards to 673.

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