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1973 Miami Dolphins

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12-2-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 13.3, Offense: 5.0, Defense: 8.3, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 343 points (24.5/g), 5th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 150 points (10.7/g), 1st.
 Differential of 193 points (13.8/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 12.3-1.7.

Coach: Don Shula (12-2-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bill McPeak
 Defensive Coordinator: Bill Arnsparger

Stadium: Orange Bowl
 Training Camp: St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, Florida)


Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Joe Robbie
Head Coach/de facto General Manager Don Shula
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 343 4103 776 5.3 28 16 13 215 133 256 1582 17 12 5.9 91 507 2521 16 5.0 111
Team Defense 150 3281 878 3.7 29 8 8 195 151 322 1290 5 21 3.5 78 511 1991 10 3.9 109
Lg Rank Offense 5 9 5 14 19 24 21 8 3 6 12 3 6 2
Lg Rank Defense 1 3 22 26 3 6 1 1 5 1 16 12 8 7

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 16 boxscore W 1-0 San Francisco 49ers 21 13 15 279 108 171 4 16 252 154 98
2 Sun September 23 boxscore L 1-1 @ Oakland Raiders 7 12 10 195 90 105 2 12 250 63 187 1
3 Sun September 30 boxscore W 2-1 New England Patriots 44 23 16 354 53 301 1 21 356 213 143 3
4 Sun October 7 boxscore W 3-1 New York Jets 31 3 18 370 219 151 2 12 198 42 156 5
5 Mon October 15 boxscore W 4-1 @ Cleveland Browns 17 9 11 250 38 212 2 12 211 57 154 1
6 Sun October 21 boxscore W 5-1 Buffalo Bills 27 6 18 310 127 183 5 8 76 1 75 2
7 Sun October 28 boxscore W 6-1 @ New England Patriots 30 14 19 311 73 238 1 12 236 142 94
8 Sun November 4 boxscore W 7-1 @ New York Jets 24 14 21 346 193 153 2 16 281 168 113 2
9 Sun November 11 boxscore W 8-1 Baltimore Colts 44 0 17 412 97 315 3 4 132 20 112 3
10 Sun November 18 boxscore W 9-1 @ Buffalo Bills 17 0 17 277 123 154 15 309 71 238 2
11 Thu November 22 boxscore W 10-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 14 7 16 260 103 157 1 16 267 136 131 1
12 Mon December 3 boxscore W 11-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 30 26 8 189 66 123 2 19 268 90 178 6
13 Sun December 9 boxscore L 11-2 @ Baltimore Colts 3 16 11 228 135 93 3 15 201 35 166
14 Sat December 15 boxscore W 12-2 Detroit Lions 34 7 18 322 157 165 17 244 98 146 3
Playoffs
Division Sun December 23 boxscore W 13-2 Cincinnati Bengals 34 16 27 400 159 241 3 11 194 97 97 1
ConfChamp Sun December 30 boxscore W 14-2 Oakland Raiders 27 10 21 292 26 266 1 15 236 129 107 1
SuperBowl Sun January 13 boxscore W 15-2 N Minnesota Vikings 24 7 21 259 63 196 14 238 166 72 2

Passing

No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Bob Griese* 28 QB 13 13 12-1-0 116 218 53.2 1422 17 7.8 8 3.7 46 6.5 6.4 12.3 109.4 84.3 11 75 5.88 5.79 4.8 1 1
15 Earl Morrall 39 qb 14 1 0-1-0 17 38 44.7 253 0 0.0 4 10.5 53 6.7 1.9 14.9 18.1 27.5 2 18 5.88 1.38 5.0
Team Total 26.9 14 12-2-0 133 256 52.0 1675 17 6.6 12 4.7 53 6.5 5.8 12.6 119.6 75.2 13 93 5.88 5.14 4.8 1 1
Opp Total 14 151 322 46.9 1604 5 1.6 21 6.5 5.0 2.36 10.6 114.6 39.9 45 314 3.5 1.2 12.3

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
39 Larry Csonka*+ 27 FB 14 14 219 1003 5 25 4.6 71.6 15.6 7 22 3.1 0 9 0.5 1.6 1025 5 3
22 Mercury Morris* 26 KR/RB 13 10 149 954 10 70 6.4 73.4 11.5 4 51 12.8 0 36 0.3 3.9 1005 10 3
21 Jim Kiick 27 14 4 76 257 0 32 3.4 18.4 5.4 27 208 7.7 0 22 1.9 14.9 465 0 3
36 Don Nottingham 24 11 0 24 134 0 30 5.6 12.2 2.2 1 16 16.0 0 16 0.1 1.5 150 0 1
23 Charlie Leigh 28 14 0 22 134 1 34 6.1 9.6 1.6 4 9 2.3 0 7 0.3 0.6 143 1 3
12 Bob Griese* 28 QB 13 13 13 20 0 21 1.5 1.5 1.0 20 0 5
86 Marlin Briscoe 28 WR 14 14 2 -5 0 2 -2.5 -0.4 0.1 30 447 14.9 2 53 2.1 31.9 442 2 0
42 Paul Warfield*+ 31 WR 14 14 1 15 0 15 15.0 1.1 0.1 29 514 17.7 11 45 2.1 36.7 529 11 1
15 Earl Morrall 39 qb 14 1 1 9 0 9 9.0 0.6 0.1 9 0 0
88 Jim Mandich 25 14 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 302 12.6 4 28 1.7 21.6 302 4 0
80 Marv Fleming 31 TE 11 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 22 7.3 0 15 0.3 2.0 22 0 0
34 Ron Sellers 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 54 27.0 0 42 0.7 18.0 54 0 1
81 Howard Twilley 30 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 30 15.0 0 19 0.3 5.0 30 0 0
Team Total 26.9 14 507 2521 16 70 5.0 180.1 36.2 133 1675 12.6 17 53 9.5 119.6 4196 33 22
Opp Total 14 511 1991 10 3.9 142.2 36.5 151 1290 8.5 5 10.8 92.1 3281 15 29

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
13 Jake Scott*+ 28 PR/SS 14 14 22 266 0 33 12.1 2 20 0 20 10.0 286
23 Charlie Leigh 28 14 0 9 64 0 26 7.1 9 251 0 51 27.9 458
22 Mercury Morris* 26 KR/RB 13 10 11 242 0 29 22.0 1247
40 Dick Anderson*+ 27 FS 14 14 6 52 0 27 8.7 52
58 Bruce Bannon 22 14 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
20 Larry Seiple 28 P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.9 14 37 382 0 33 10.3 24 523 0 51 21.8 5101
Opp Total 14 28 182 0 6.5 56 1202 0 21.5

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
1 Garo Yepremian*+ 29 K 14 0 5 5 10 8 9 6 9 5 4 1 37 25 67.6% 38 38 100.0%
20 Larry Seiple 28 P 14 0 48 2031 57 0 42.3
Team Total 26.9 14 5 5 10 8 9 6 9 5 4 1 37 25 67.6% 38 38 100.0% 48 2031 57 0 42.3
Opp Total 14 27 15 55.6% 15 13 86.7% 76 2926 38.5

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
40 Dick Anderson*+ 27 FS 14 14 8 163 2 38 0
12 Bob Griese* 28 QB 13 13 0 5 3 -16 0
13 Jake Scott*+ 28 PR/SS 14 14 4 71 0 29 0 0 1 0 0 0
85 Nick Buoniconti* 33 MLB 13 13 0 0 3 13 1
39 Larry Csonka*+ 27 FB 14 14 0 3 0 0 0
45 Curtis Johnson 25 RCB 14 14 2 19 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
21 Jim Kiick 27 14 4 0 3 0 0 0
23 Charlie Leigh 28 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
22 Mercury Morris* 26 KR/RB 13 10 0 3 0 0 0
25 Tim Foley 25 LCB 11 11 2 22 0 15 0
57 Mike Kolen 25 RLB 14 13 2 54 0 29 0
49 Charlie Babb 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Larry Ball 24 14 0 1 2 0 2 0
58 Bruce Bannon 22 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
86 Marlin Briscoe 28 WR 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
77 Doug Crusan 27 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
83 Vern Den Herder 25 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
80 Marv Fleming 31 TE 11 11 0 0 1 0 0
36 Don Nottingham 24 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
34 Ron Sellers 26 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
84 Bill Stanfill* 26 RDE 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
48 Henry Stuckey 23 6 0 1 4 0 4 0
59 Doug Swift 25 LLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0
42 Paul Warfield*+ 31 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.9 14 21 335 2 38 0 0 22 13 -3 1 1
Opp Total 14 13 29 21 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Garo Yepremian*+ 29 K 14 0 38 25 113
42 Paul Warfield*+ 31 WR 14 14 11 11 66
22 Mercury Morris* 26 KR/RB 13 10 10 10 60
39 Larry Csonka*+ 27 FB 14 14 5 5 30
88 Jim Mandich 25 14 3 4 4 24
40 Dick Anderson*+ 27 FS 14 14 2 2 12
86 Marlin Briscoe 28 WR 14 14 2 2 12
25 Tim Foley 25 LCB 11 11 2 2 12
85 Nick Buoniconti* 33 MLB 13 13 1 1 6
23 Charlie Leigh 28 14 0 1 1 6
45 Curtis Johnson 25 RCB 14 14 1 2
Team Total 26.9 14 16 17 1 2 2 38 38 25 1 343
Opp Total 14 10 5 13 15 1 150