Tale of the tape: Rams vs. Dolphins

Rams look for first win in Miami since 1976
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The Los Angeles Rams hit the road for an East Coast game for the fourth time this season.

So far, the Rams have been good in the 10 a.m. local time window playing on the East Coast, with a 6-1 record in those games during the Sean McVay era.

The Rams face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday -- the last game before L.A.’s bye week -- with rookie Tua Tagovailoa getting his first NFL start.

“We just felt like it was best move for the team now to move forward,” Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said about the switch at quarterback from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Tagovailoa. “He’s a talented young man. He works hard. It’s important to him. And we’ve seen steady improvement over the course of the first six weeks from a practice standpoint, so we felt like it was the best move.”

The Rams are 2-11 all-time against the Dolphins and have not won in Miami since 1976, a 31-28 victory on Oct. 3 at the Orange Bowl.

The Rams are 4-point favorites on the road

Temperatures are expected to be in around 80 degrees and sunny on game day, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms

John Hussey’s crew will officiate the game.


Rams: 5-2
Dolphins: 3-3
Comment: Dolphins have won two straight games, and three of their last four.

Points Per Game
Rams: 27.2 (19)
Dolphins: 25.1 (12)
Comment: Dolphins outscoring opponents 45-17 in the first quarter.

Total offense
Rams: 385.7 yards per game (10)
Dolphins: 354.3 yards per game (22)
Comment: Dolphins 40 percent third down efficiency is No. 22 in the NFL.

Rush offense
Rams: 138.9 yards per game (7)
Dolphins: 105.2 yards per game (22)
Comment: Dolphins averaging just 3.82 yards per carry, fourth-worst in the league.

Pass offense
Rams: 246.9 yards per game (18)
Dolphins 249.2 passing yards a game (17)
Comment: Ryan Fitzpatrick’s seven interceptions is tied for the third-most in the NFL.

Time of possession
Rams: 30:51 (11)
Dolphins: 31.28 (6)
Comment: Rams have won six straight coin tosses and deferred each time, taking the ball in the second half.

Opponents points per game
Rams: 17.7 (2)
Dolphins: 18.8 (3)
Comment: Dolphins No. 1 in third down defense in the league, holding teams to 31.34 percent efficiency on the money down.

Total defense
Rams: 312.9 yards per game (6)
Dolphins: 360.2 yards per game (16)
Comment: Miami defense allowing 5.76 yards per play, No. 19 in NFL>

Rush Defense
Rams: 100.4 yards per game (7)
Dolphins: 124.2 yards per game (19)
Comment: LB Jerome Baker leads Dolphins with 28 combined tackles. Baker also has two sacks and a forced fumble.

Pass Defense
Rams: 212.4 yards per game (5)
Dolphins: 236.0 yards per game (16)
Comment: Dolphins have given up just seven passing touchdowns, tied for second-least in the NFL.

Rams: 24/162 yards (T3)
Dolphins: 17/146 yards (T12)
Comment: Emmanuel Ogbah leads Miami with five sacks.

Rams: 28/233 yards (T3)
Dolphins: 28/220 yards (T3)
Comment: DB Nik Needham tops Miami with five penalties for 25 yards.

6 (T32)
Dolphins: 5 (T16)
Comment: Xavion Howard is tied for the league lead with four interceptions.

Turnover differential
even (17)
Dolphins: plus-2 (T9)
Comment: With four lost fumbles, Rams in a tie for No. 22 in the NFL.