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By the numbers, Marshall towers over Fins

Brandon Marshall's stats are substantial, proving what a dominant receiver he has been.

When you compare Marshall's numbers to those posted by Miami Dolphins receivers in recent years, he looks even more sensational.

ESPN Stats & Information measured Marshall against the Dolphins' team production and came away with some interesting data that illustrates how much they needed to upgrade.

Marshall was one of the most dangerous receivers on throws that traveled at least 15 yards. The Denver Broncos targeted him 34 times, connecting 11 times for 354 yards and three touchdowns. The Dolphins scored only two touchdowns when the pass traveled at least 15 yards.

Marshall was a monster in the middle of the field, an area few receivers dare to tread. He made 27 catches between the hash marks. Dolphin receivers Ted Ginn (10), Davone Bess (five), Greg Camarillo (four) and Brian Hartline (three) combined for 22 catches between the hashes.

Then there's the red zone.

Marshall is 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. He attacks the ball when it's in the air and frequently comes down with it, something Dolfans haven't witnessed much of the past decade.

Marshall caught 17 of the 25 passes thrown his way (68 percent) inside the red zone. He scored seven touchdowns there. The Dolphins completed 12 of their 21 red-zone passes (57 percent) for four touchdowns.