The Associated Press
Dec. 11, 2014
MIAMI (7-6) at NEW ENGLAND (10-3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Patriots by 7 1-2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Miami 7-5-1, New England 8-5
SERIES RECORD — Dolphins lead 52-46
LAST MEETING — Dolphins 33, Patriots 20, Sept. 7, 2014
LAST WEEK — Dolphins lost to Ravens 28-13; Patriots beat Chargers 23-14
AP PRO32 RANKING — Dolphins No. 16 (tie), Patriots No. 2
DOLPHINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (12), PASS (23).
DOLPHINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (22), PASS (3).
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (19T), PASS (7).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (12), PASS (17).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Dolphins ended Patriots' streak of 10 season-opening wins. Patriots led 20-10 at halftime in September but were outscored 23-0 after that as Tom Brady was sacked four times in second half. ... Brady has won last seven home games against Miami. ... Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill won last two meetings with Patriots, both at home. He's completed eighth-most passes in NFL and at least 70 percent in five of last six games, mostly short throws, and is just 31st in average gain per attempt. ... WR Jarvis Landry leads NFL rookies with 63 catches and in average kickoff return of 29.8 yards. ... DE Cameron Wake tops Dolphins with 9 1-2 sacks, had two in opener against Patriots. ... Miami has 18 giveaways but has allowed just 23 points after them, fewest in NFL. Its 22 takeaways have led to 81 points, fifth most. ... Dolphins rushed for fewer than 100 yards in four of last five games. They ran for season-high 191 in opener. ... Dolphins led Ravens 10-0 after one quarter last Sunday, then were outgained 425-161 in last three. ... Patriots would clinch sixth straight AFC East title with win or tie. ... Last time Patriots were swept in season series was 2000 when they lost twice to both Miami and New York Jets. ... Patriots seeking 35th consecutive regular-season home win against AFC opponent. ... WR Julian Edelman had career-best 141 yards receiving, including 69-yard TD, last Sunday. Brady became fourth player in NFL history with at least four seasons with 30 TD passes. ... With LBs Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower sidelined, second-year pro Jamie Collins called signals and had two sacks against Chargers. ... P Ryan Allen's only block was on first punt of season against Dolphins. Allen voted AFC special teams player of week after San Diego game.
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