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1981 Miami Dolphins

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11-4-1, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.9, Offense: 0.1, Defense: 2.8, SoS: -1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 345 points (21.6/g), 11th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (17.2/g), 5th.
 Differential of 70 points (4.4/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 10.1-5.9.

Coach: Don Shula (11-4-1)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bill Arnsparger

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

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Joe Robbie
General Manager Mike Robbie
Head Coach/Player Personnel Don Shula
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 345 5322 1063 5.0 31 10 26 306 271 498 3149 18 21 6.0 157 535 2173 18 4.1 123
Team Defense 275 5363 1039 5.2 33 15 12 296 297 509 3331 23 18 6.1 160 492 2032 10 4.1 124
Lg Rank Offense 11 16 4 1 16 14 16 19 11 16 11 10 9 14
Lg Rank Defense 5 15 23 22 10 17 19 18 18 13 10 14 2 20

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore W 1-0 @ St. Louis Cardinals 20 7 14 292 141 151 3 14 203 142 61 2
2 Thu September 10 boxscore W 2-0 Pittsburgh Steelers 30 10 25 346 161 185 1 15 300 183 117 2
3 Sun September 20 boxscore W 3-0 @ Houston Oilers 16 10 16 257 133 124 1 9 202 117 85 1
4 Sun September 27 boxscore W 4-0 @ Baltimore Colts 31 28 22 428 309 119 20 514 348 166 1
5 Sun October 4 boxscore T OT 4-0-1 New York Jets 28 28 17 399 301 98 32 546 304 242 3
6 Mon October 12 boxscore L 4-1-1 @ Buffalo Bills 21 31 22 324 225 99 4 22 454 338 116 1
7 Sun October 18 boxscore W 5-1-1 Washington Redskins 13 10 20 445 296 149 2 20 301 139 162 2
8 Sun October 25 boxscore L 5-2-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 27 28 25 529 381 148 5 23 466 327 139 2
9 Sun November 1 boxscore W 6-2-1 Baltimore Colts 27 10 19 310 164 146 19 308 240 68 3
10 Sun November 8 boxscore W OT 7-2-1 @ New England Patriots 30 27 24 419 216 203 4 23 492 351 141 5
11 Sun November 15 boxscore L 7-3-1 Oakland Raiders 17 33 22 306 236 70 2 19 304 161 143
12 Sun November 22 boxscore L 7-4-1 @ New York Jets 15 16 13 187 41 146 2 21 285 165 120 2
13 Mon November 30 boxscore W 8-4-1 Philadelphia Eagles 13 10 14 205 132 73 1 11 216 80 136 2
14 Sun December 6 boxscore W 9-4-1 New England Patriots 24 14 19 340 128 212 2 17 256 122 134 2
15 Sun December 13 boxscore W 10-4-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17 7 16 253 160 93 3 16 276 185 91 2
16 Sat December 19 boxscore W 11-4-1 Buffalo Bills 16 6 18 282 125 157 1 15 240 129 111 3
Playoffs
Division Sat January 2 boxscore L OT 11-5-1 San Diego Chargers 38 41 25 472 394 78 3 34 564 415 149 4

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
16 David Woodley 23 QB 15 15 11-3-1 191 366 52.2% 2470 12 3.3 13 3.6 69 6.7 5.8 12.9 164.7 69.8 24 191 5.84 4.96 6.2 1 2
10 Don Strock 31 qb 16 1 0-1-0 79 130 60.8% 901 6 4.6 8 6.2 52 6.9 5.1 11.4 56.3 71.3 6 45 6.29 4.53 4.4 2 2
31 Eddie Hill 24 rb 11 3 1 1 100.0% 14 0 0.0 0 0.0 14 14.0 14.0 14.0 1.3 118.7 0 0 14.00 14.00 0.0
22 Tony Nathan 25 RB 13 11 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 25.6 16 11-4-1 271 498 54.4% 3385 18 3.6 21 4.2 69 6.8 5.6 12.5 211.6 70.2 30 236 5.96 4.86 5.7 3 4
Opp Total 16 297 509 58.3% 3645 23 4.5 18 3.5 7.2 6.47 12.3 227.8 80.9 38 314 6.1 5.4 6.9

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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
37 Andra Franklin 22 FB 16 11 201 711 7 29 3.5 44.4 12.6 3 6 2.0 1 3 0.2 0.4 717 8 5
22 Tony Nathan 25 RB 13 11 147 782 5 46 5.3 60.2 11.3 50 452 9.0 3 31 3.8 34.8 1234 8 2
16 David Woodley 23 QB 15 15 63 272 4 26 4.3 18.1 4.2 272 4 9
31 Eddie Hill 24 rb 11 3 37 146 1 24 3.9 13.3 3.4 12 73 6.1 1 16 1.1 6.6 219 2 2
32 Tommy Vigorito 22 PR 16 1 35 116 1 30 3.3 7.3 2.2 33 237 7.2 2 31 2.1 14.8 353 3 1
34 Woody Bennett 26 rb 3 3 28 104 0 12 3.7 34.7 9.3 4 22 5.5 0 10 1.3 7.3 126 0 1
10 Don Strock 31 qb 16 1 14 -26 0 9 -1.9 -1.6 0.9 -26 0 0
36 Steve Howell 25 fb 10 2 5 21 0 9 4.2 2.1 0.5 2 9 4.5 0 5 0.2 0.9 30 0 0
35 Nick Giaquinto 26 8 0 3 31 0 20 10.3 3.9 0.4 7 38 5.4 1 16 0.9 4.8 69 1 0
89 Nat Moore 30 WR 13 11 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 26 452 17.4 2 52 2.0 34.8 455 2 0
3 Tom Orosz 22 P 16 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 0.8 0.1 13 0 0
82 Duriel Harris 27 WR 15 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 53 911 17.2 2 55 3.5 60.7 911 2 0
81 Jimmy Cefalo 25 wr 16 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 29 631 21.8 3 69 1.8 39.4 631 3 0
80 Joe Rose 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 316 13.7 2 50 1.4 19.8 316 2 0
84 Bruce Hardy 25 te 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 174 11.6 0 21 0.9 10.9 174 0 1
86 Ronnie Lee 25 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 64 4.6 1 11 0.9 4.0 64 1 0
Team Total 25.6 16 535 2173 18 46 4.1 135.8 33.4 271 3385 12.5 18 69 16.9 211.6 5558 36 26
Opp Total 16 492 2032 10 4.1 127.0 30.8 297 3331 11.2 23 18.6 208.2 5363 33 30

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
41 Fulton Walker 23 KR 16 2 5 50 0 17 10.0 38 932 1 90 24.5 982
32 Tommy Vigorito 22 PR 16 1 36 379 1 87 10.5 4 84 0 25 21.0 816
46 Don Bessillieu 25 fs 16 6 1 12 0 12 12.0 7 114 0 30 16.3 126
47 Glenn Blackwood 24 SS 16 16 2 8 0 6 4.0 8
40 Mike Kozlowski 25 14 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 1 40 0 40 40.0 49
35 Nick Giaquinto 26 8 0 1 22 0 22 22.0 91
82 Duriel Harris 27 WR 15 12 1 20 0 20 20.0 931
31 Eddie Hill 24 rb 11 3 1 11 0 11 11.0 230
80 Joe Rose 24 16 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 321
Team Total 25.6 16 45 458 1 87 10.2 54 1228 1 90 22.7 7244
Opp Total 16 45 286 0 6.4 60 1218 0 20.3

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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
3 Tom Orosz 22 P 16 0 83 3386 61 0 40.8
5 Uwe von Schamann 25 K 16 0 9 9 12 11 10 4 31 24 77.4%% 38 37 97.4%%
Team Total 25.6 16 9 9 12 11 10 4 31 24 77.4%% 38 37 97.4%% 83 3386 61 0 40.8
Opp Total 16 21 14 66.7%% 33 33 100.0%% 87 3567 41.0

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
16 David Woodley 23 QB 15 15 0 9 2 -21 0
41 Fulton Walker 23 KR 16 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0
37 Andra Franklin 22 FB 16 11 0 5 1 0 0
47 Glenn Blackwood 24 SS 16 16 4 124 0 39 0 0 0 1 5 0
46 Don Bessillieu 25 fs 16 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
40 Mike Kozlowski 25 14 0 3 37 0 29 0 0 0 1 25 1
22 Tony Nathan 25 RB 13 11 0 2 2 0 0
55 Earnest Rhone 28 RILB 16 16 3 35 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Bob Baumhower* 26 NT 16 16 0 0 3 10 0
42 Lyle Blackwood 30 FS 12 10 3 12 0 11 0
34 Woody Bennett 26 rb 3 3 0 1 1 0 0
59 Bob Brudzinski 26 LOLB 16 16 2 35 0 19 0
77 A.J. Duhe 26 LILB 16 16 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Eddie Hill 24 rb 11 3 0 2 0 0 0
52 Steve Shull 23 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
48 Gerald Small 25 RCB 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
79 Jon Giesler 25 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
50 Larry Gordon 27 ROLB 16 16 0 0 1 0 0 1
84 Bruce Hardy 25 te 16 4 0 1 0 0 0
36 Steve Howell 25 fb 10 2 0 0 1 0 0
68 Eric Laakso 25 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
28 Don McNeal 23 LCB 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
3 Tom Orosz 22 P 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 Joe Rose 24 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 Tommy Vigorito 22 PR 16 1 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 18 254 0 39 0 0 26 28 19 1 1
Opp Total 16 30 30 15 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
5 Uwe von Schamann 25 K 16 0 37 24 109
37 Andra Franklin 22 FB 16 11 7 1 8 48
22 Tony Nathan 25 RB 13 11 5 3 8 48
32 Tommy Vigorito 22 PR 16 1 1 2 1 4 24
16 David Woodley 23 QB 15 15 4 4 24
81 Jimmy Cefalo 25 wr 16 6 3 3 18
82 Duriel Harris 27 WR 15 12 2 2 12
31 Eddie Hill 24 rb 11 3 1 1 2 12
89 Nat Moore 30 WR 13 11 2 2 12
80 Joe Rose 24 16 0 2 2 12
35 Nick Giaquinto 26 8 0 1 1 6
40 Mike Kozlowski 25 14 0 1 1 6
86 Ronnie Lee 25 TE 16 16 1 1 6
41 Fulton Walker 23 KR 16 2 1 1 6
50 Larry Gordon 27 ROLB 16 16 1 2
Team Total 25.6 16 18 18 1 1 1 39 37 24 1 345
Opp Total 16 10 23 33 14 1 275

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-06 @ STL W, 20-7 2 22 pass Jimmy Cefalo 22 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)
2 1981-09-06 @ STL W, 20-7 3 47 pass Jimmy Cefalo 47 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)
3 1981-09-10 PIT W, 30-10 2 1 rush David Woodley 1 yard rush
4 1981-09-10 PIT W, 30-10 2 1 rush Andra Franklin 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
5 1981-09-10 PIT W, 30-10 3 13 pass Tony Nathan 13 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)
6 1981-09-10 PIT W, 30-10 3 87 punt Tommy Vigorito 87 yard punt return (Uwe von Schamann kick)
7 1981-09-20 @ HOU W, 16-10 4 3 pass Andra Franklin 3 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
8 1981-09-27 @ BAL W, 31-28 1 31 pass Tommy Vigorito 31 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)
9 1981-09-27 @ BAL W, 31-28 2 10 rush Andra Franklin 10 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
10 1981-09-27 @ BAL W, 31-28 3 14 pass Nick Giaquinto 14 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)
11 1981-09-27 @ BAL W, 31-28 4 1 rush Andra Franklin 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
12 1981-10-04 NYJ T, 28-28 1 2 rush Andra Franklin 2 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
13 1981-10-04 NYJ T, 28-28 2 6 pass Nat Moore 6 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
14 1981-10-04 NYJ T, 28-28 3 1 rush Andra Franklin 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
15 1981-10-04 NYJ T, 28-28 4 23 pass Nat Moore 23 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
16 1981-10-12 @ BUF L, 21-31 2 90 kickoff Fulton Walker 90 yard kickoff return (Uwe von Schamann kick)
17 1981-10-12 @ BUF L, 21-31 3 12 rush Tony Nathan 12 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
18 1981-10-12 @ BUF L, 21-31 4 4 pass Joe Rose 4 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
19 1981-10-18 WAS W, 13-10 3 1 rush Andra Franklin 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
20 1981-10-25 @ DAL L, 27-28 2 5 pass Tony Nathan 5 yard pass from David Woodley
21 1981-10-25 @ DAL L, 27-28 3 69 pass Jimmy Cefalo 69 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)
22 1981-10-25 @ DAL L, 27-28 4 10 rush Tony Nathan 10 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
23 1981-10-25 @ DAL L, 27-28 4 4 pass Joe Rose 4 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)
24 1981-11-01 BAL W, 27-10 1 3 rush David Woodley 3 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
25 1981-11-01 BAL W, 27-10 2 22 pass Duriel Harris 22 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)
26 1981-11-01 BAL W, 27-10 3 7 pass Ronnie Lee 7 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)
27 1981-11-08 @ NWE W, 30-27 3 30 rush Tommy Vigorito 30 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
28 1981-11-08 @ NWE W, 30-27 3 1 rush Tony Nathan 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
29 1981-11-08 @ NWE W, 30-27 4 2 rush David Woodley 2 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
30 1981-11-15 OAK L, 17-33 3 5 rush Eddie Hill 5 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
31 1981-11-15 OAK L, 17-33 4 14 pass Tony Nathan 14 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
32 1981-11-22 @ NYJ L, 15-16 2 4 rush Tony Nathan 4 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
33 1981-11-30 PHI W, 13-10 4 17 pass Duriel Harris 17 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
34 1981-12-06 NWE W, 24-14 2 1 rush David Woodley 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
35 1981-12-06 NWE W, 24-14 2 25 fumble Mike Kozlowski 25 yard fumble return (Uwe von Schamann kick)
36 1981-12-06 NWE W, 24-14 3 4 pass Eddie Hill 4 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)
37 1981-12-13 @ KAN W, 17-7 1 5 rush Tony Nathan 5 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
38 1981-12-13 @ KAN W, 17-7 4 1 rush Andra Franklin 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
39 1981-12-19 BUF W, 16-6 1 7 pass Tommy Vigorito 7 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-06 @ STL L, 7-20 4 1 rush Ottis Anderson 1 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
2 1981-09-10 PIT L, 10-30 2 32 pass Jim Smith 32 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (David Trout kick)
3 1981-09-20 @ HOU L, 10-16 1 71 pass Ken Burrough 71 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
4 1981-09-27 @ BAL L, 28-31 2 32 pass Curtis Dickey 32 yard pass from Bert Jones (Mike Wood kick)
5 1981-09-27 @ BAL L, 28-31 3 19 pass Ray Butler 19 yard pass from Bert Jones (Mike Wood kick)
6 1981-09-27 @ BAL L, 28-31 3 67 pass Ray Butler 67 yard pass from Bert Jones (Mike Wood kick)
7 1981-09-27 @ BAL L, 28-31 4 1 rush Curtis Dickey 1 yard rush (Mike Wood kick)
8 1981-10-04 NYJ T, 28-28 1 15 pass Jerome Barkum 15 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
9 1981-10-04 NYJ T, 28-28 1 9 pass Wesley Walker 9 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
10 1981-10-04 NYJ T, 28-28 4 14 pass Wesley Walker 14 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
11 1981-10-04 NYJ T, 28-28 4 36 pass Bobby Jones 36 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
12 1981-10-12 @ BUF W, 31-21 1 28 pass Jerry Butler 28 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
13 1981-10-12 @ BUF W, 31-21 2 1 rush Roosevelt Leaks 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
14 1981-10-12 @ BUF W, 31-21 2 65 pass Joe Cribbs 65 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
15 1981-10-12 @ BUF W, 31-21 2 25 pass Jerry Butler 25 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
16 1981-10-18 WAS L, 10-13 4 2 rush John Riggins 2 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
17 1981-10-25 @ DAL W, 28-27 1 5 rush Ron Springs 5 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
18 1981-10-25 @ DAL W, 28-27 2 21 pass Butch Johnson 21 yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)
19 1981-10-25 @ DAL W, 28-27 4 5 pass Doug Cosbie 5 yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)
20 1981-10-25 @ DAL W, 28-27 4 32 pass Ron Springs 32 yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)
21 1981-11-01 BAL L, 10-27 2 5 pass Don McCauley 5 yard pass from Bert Jones (Mike Wood kick)
22 1981-11-08 @ NWE L, 27-30 1 76 pass Stanley Morgan 76 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
23 1981-11-08 @ NWE L, 27-30 2 4 rush Steve Grogan 4 yard rush (John Smith kick)
24 1981-11-08 @ NWE L, 27-30 4 1 rush Tony Collins 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
25 1981-11-15 OAK W, 33-17 1 13 pass Todd Christensen 13 yard pass from Marc Wilson (Chris Bahr kick)
26 1981-11-15 OAK W, 33-17 2 37 pass Bob Chandler 37 yard pass from Marc Wilson (Chris Bahr kick)
27 1981-11-15 OAK W, 33-17 2 1 pass Derrick Ramsey 1 yard pass from Marc Wilson (Chris Bahr kick)
28 1981-11-15 OAK W, 33-17 4 15 rush Chester Willis 15 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
29 1981-11-22 @ NYJ W, 16-15 4 11 pass Jerome Barkum 11 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
30 1981-11-30 PHI L, 10-13 1 1 rush Wilbert Montgomery 1 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
31 1981-12-06 NWE L, 14-24 1 6 pass Don Hasselbeck 6 yard pass from Matt Cavanaugh (John Smith kick)
32 1981-12-06 NWE L, 14-24 3 1 rush Matt Cavanaugh 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
33 1981-12-13 @ KAN L, 7-17 2 2 pass Al Dixon 2 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Nick Lowery kick)