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Feeble Miami ground game reminiscent of Marino era

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By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Even in the Dan Marino era, when running backs were mostly decoys, the Miami Dolphins relied on their ground game more than this year's team.

The Dolphins have run the ball less than 22 times per game, their lowest average since 1988. They had only 12 rushing attempts in Sunday's 19-0 loss at Buffalo, renewing debate about the team's run-pass balance - or imbalance.

Rediscovering an effective ratio this week will be essential if the Dolphins (8-7) are to make the playoffs. To clinch the final AFC wild-card spot, they need a victory Sunday over the New York Jets, along with a loss by Baltimore or a win by San Diego.

The Dolphins are in the postseason hunt despite a running attack that has been almost nonexistent at times.

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