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  • 10 Aug
    Only one NFL team has been outgained by nearly
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    yards and is still in the playoff picture — the underwhelming, overachieving
    Miami Dolphins.They’re 6-6 and part of the crowded AFC wild-card race despite
    statistics that would sink most teams. The Dolphins rank 29th in the NFL in
    offense and 29th in defense, 29th in third-down conversions and 28th in red zone
    scoring.So how have they managed a lofty .500 record?“Turnover margin,” coach
    Adam Gase said Monday. “The amount of turnovers our defense is getting is what
    we need, and then we don’t turn it over a whole bunch.”He’s right. The Dolphins
    are tied for seventh in turnover differential at plus-eight, and third in
    takeaways with 25. The impact on the scoreboard has been “insane,” Gase
    said.More Miami Dolphins newsDolphins sign hometown WR Allen Hurns to 1-year
    contractNew Dolphins coach Brian Flores has his own daily workout at training
    campDolphins assistant coach Jim Caldwell takes leave of absence to address
    health issuesTwo-time Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones rejoins Dolphins after
    skipping voluntary practicesDolphins QBs Josh Rosen, Ryan Fitzpatrick embrace
    battle for No. 1 jobTurnover differential was the difference
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    , when Miami was outgained by Buffalo 415 yards to 175 but
    won the turnovers battle, 3-1, and the game, 21-17.It also helped that the
    Bills’ Charles Clay dropped a fourth-down pass at the goal line in the final
    minute.“It’s better to be lucky than good,” Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso
    said.Luck might play a small role in explaining the Dolphins’ knack for
    outperforming the stats. It dates back to Gase’s first season in 2016, when they
    were outgained by 798 yards but went 10-6. That’s their only playoff team in the
    past decade.Someone reminded Gase his team has been outgained this year by 1,168
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    , meaning the opposite of great. His team is on pace to
    surpass the franchise record disparity of 1,321 in 1967, the Dolphins’ second
    season.This year only Cincinnati (5-7) and Arizona (3-9) have larger yardage
    deficits. To which the Dolphins say: So what.“It’s all about us putting the ball
    in the end zone and having the most points at the end of the game,” running back
    Kenyan Drake said.Oddsmakers aren’t impressed by that approach: Miami is a
    touchdown underdog at home Sunday against AFC East leader New England (9-3)
    .Gase believes the Dolphins actually should be 8-4. They blew double-digit
    fourth-quarter leads in losses at Cincinnati and Indianapolis.As it is, Miami is
    tied with three other teams in the AFC, one game behind the Baltimore Ravens for
    the sixth seed and final wild-card spot in the AFC.“Obviously, in order to stay
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    receiver Kenny Stills said. “And we know that.”For a change, the Dolphins begin
    the week with no significant new injuries. Ryan Tannehill, playing in his second
    game since returning from a shoulder injury, shook off several jarring hits to
    throw three touchdown passes against Buffalo.“He’s as tough as they come,” Gase
    said.The Dolphins have endured so many injuries that Gase said it’s a different
    team from the one that lost to New England 38-7 in Week 4.The obvious goal this
    week will be to keep the score closer, and if the Dolphins do that, don’t
    discount their chances. In one-score games Gase is 6-1 this year, and 19-6 in
    his three seasons with the Dolphins.In other games he’s 3-17. Sometimes relying
    on turnovers isn’t enough.
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    , Wash. (AP)The Seattle Seahawks addressed one of their
    offseason needs by signing tight end Ed Dickson to a three-year contract.While
    Dickson isn’t intended to be a replacement for Jimmy Graham, he is the kind of
    tight end Seattle needs if it’s going to return to an offense that controls the
    game with the run. Dickson is an excellent blocker who also was a serviceable
    pass-catching option during his time in Baltimore and Carolina.Dickson had 30
    receptions and one touchdown last season with the Panthers. He spent four
    seasons with the Panthers after four seasons in Baltimore.It’s also a return
    home for Dickson, who played collegiately at Oregon. Dickson’s contract, which
    was announced Friday, is worth up to $14 million and includes a $2.6 million
    signing bonus.Seattle also formally announced the signing of linebacker
    Barkevious Mingo.—