2003 Miami Dolphins season
|2003 Miami Dolphins season|
|Head coach||Dave Wannstedt|
|Home field||Pro Player Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 2003 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 38th overall, and 34th as a member of the National Football League. The Dolphins improved upon their previous season's output of 9–7, instead winning 10 games. This marked the seventh consecutive winning season for the team and fifteenth straight with a record of .500 or better, but for the second straight year they failed to clinch a playoff berth.
|2003 Miami Dolphins staff|
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|1||September 7, 2003||Houston Texans||L 21–20||CBS 1:00pm||
|2||September 14, 2003||at New York Jets||W 21–10||CBS 1:00pm||
|3||September 21, 2003||Buffalo Bills||W 17–7||ESPN 8:30pm||
|5||October 5, 2003||at New York Giants||W 23–10||CBS 1:00pm||
|6||October 12, 2003||at Jacksonville Jaguars||W 24–10||CBS 1:00pm||
|7||October 19, 2003||New England Patriots||L 19–13||CBS 1:00pm||
|8||October 27, 2003||at San Diego Chargers||W 26–10||ABC 9:00pm||
|9||November 2, 2003||Indianapolis Colts||L 23–17||CBS 1:00pm||
|10||November 9, 2003||at Tennessee Titans||L 31–7||CBS 1:00pm||
|11||November 16, 2003||Baltimore Ravens||W 9–6||CBS 1:00pm||
|12||November 23, 2003||Washington Redskins||W 24–23||ESPN 8:30pm||
|13||November 27, 2003||at Dallas Cowboys||W 40–21||CBS 4:00pm||
|14||December 7, 2003||at New England Patriots||L 12–0||CBS 4:15pm||
|15||December 15, 2003||Philadelphia Eagles||L 34–27||ABC 9:00pm||
|16||December 21, 2003||at Buffalo Bills||W 20–3||CBS 1:00pm||
|17||December 28, 2003||New York Jets||W 23–21||CBS 1:00pm||
Week 1 vs. Houston Texans
The Dolphins season got off to a rough start in their first ever meeting with the second-year Houston Texans. The Dolphins behind three Jay Fiedler touchdowns led 20-15 in the fourth, but two field goals (the first off a Fiedler interception) put the Texans up 21-20 with thirty seconds to go. Fielder was then intercepted again, ending the game in a 21-20 Miami loss.
Week 2 at New York Jets
 Ricky Williams erupted to 125 rushing yards and a touchdown as Fiedler and Travis Minor added 62 more yards on the ground in Miami's first win of the season. The Dolphins held Curtis Martin to 32 yards total.
Week 3 vs. Buffalo Bills
After being swept the year before the Dolphins embarrassed the Bills, limiting them to 139 yards of offense and intercepting Drew Bledsoe three times. Ricky Williams exploded to 154 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 17-7 Miami win.
Week 5 at New York Giants
The Dolphins continued surging 23-10 despite being outgained 350 yards to 275. Miami intercepted Kerry Collins three times and rushed for 134 yards - 68 of them on James McKnight's 68-yard rushing touchdown.
Week 6 at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Dolphins put up just 234 total yards, were penalized for 149 total yards, yet picked off Byron Leftwich three times and snatched two Jaguars fumbles en route to winning 24-10. Randy McMichael scored when he scooped up a fumble by teammate Obafemi Ayanbadejo from the Jaguars 2-yard line.
Week 7 vs. New England Patriots
The Dolphins and Patriots were battling for first in the AFC East and the Dolphins forced two fumbles - one by Tom Brady on a quarterback sneak - and led 13-6 before Brady whipped a 24-yard touchdown to a leaping David Givens. The Dolphins drove to the New England 17 before the two-minute warning; when Ricky Williams appeared to be downed short of a first down the Patriots challenged the spot but the call stood. Olindo Mare's 35-yard kick following the two-minute warning was blocked, but the Dolphins smothered the Patriots final drive (the key play came when former Patriot Terrell Buckley blew up a Kevin Faulk run for a four-yard loss). The game went to overtime and controversy ensued on the coin toss as the Patriots called tails but referee Gerald Austin, using a silver dollar that came up Lady Columbia (heads on a silver dollar) called it heads. On the Dolphins ensuing drive Fiedler completed a 31-yard bomb to the left sideline to Derrius Thompson; four Ricky Williams runs for 26 yards put the ball back on the 17, the dirt portion of the field with Pro Player Stadium hosting the 2003 World Series involving the Florida Marlins. Mare's kick missed, but the Patriots had to punt; on the next Miami drive Fiedler escaped a sack and heaved a bomb that was intercepted by Tyrone Poole at the New England 18. From there Brady finished off the game on an 82-yard touchdown to Troy Brown.
|New England Patriots||14||2||0||.875||5–1||11–1||348||238||W12|
|New York Jets||6||10||0||.375||1–5||6–6||283||299||L2|