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Miami Dolphins allow safety for third consecutive game

PHILADELPHIA -- Safeties are supposed to be a rare occurrence in football. However, the Miami Dolphins are making it look routine -- and certainly not in a good way.

The Dolphins allowed a safety for the third straight game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill took a blindside hit and fumbled the ball, which went out of the back of the end zone. The past two weeks against the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills were the results of bad snaps. All three safeties occurred in the first quarter.

According to ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau, the Dolphins tied the 1980 Seattle Seahawks as the only teams to allow safeties in three straight games since the NFL-AFL merger.

There have been seven safeties in the NFL this season, and the Dolphins have three of them. This is one reason the team is 3-5 and fighting to stave off its third straight loss.