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Dolphins defense needs to score some points

The Dolphins haven't forced a turnover in four consecutive games, and they need to snap that streak against the Patriots.

Marc Serota

Prior to scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks, the Dolphins looked en route to a fourth consecutive loss. Although the team was able to right the ship and earn the crucial victory, the Dolphins finished a fourth straight game without a turnover.

According to Chris Perkins of the Orlando Sentinel, the Dolphins can't allow that streak to reach five games, because the team will need a defensive touchdown if it hopes to beat the Patriots in Week 13:

This week, against New England, it's the defense's turn to score.

It's tough to see any other way the Dolphins put up enough points to beat the Patriots. We're not talking about anything crazy here. One touchdown. Yes, that's asking a lot. But the offense will need the help. Besides, this defense needs to get back to making plays.

During a six-game span earlier in the season that included four wins and two overtime losses, the Dolphins forced a turnover in each and 11 total through the six games. In the other five games of the season, the Dolphins didn't forced a single turnover and came out on the losing end of four of those games.

Only three teams have forced fewer turnovers than the Dolphins in 2012. However, despite these struggles, the Dolphins defense ranks in the top 10 at keeping points off the board.

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