New England (8-3) At Miami (5-6)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE — Patriots by 7.
RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 7-4; Miami 6-6.
SERIES RECORD — Dolphins lead 50-43.
AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots No. 4; Dolphins No. 19.
LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Dolphins 27-24, Dec. 24, 2011.
LAST WEEK — Patriots beat Jets, 49-19; Dolphins beat Seahawks, 24-21.
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (6), PASS (4).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (27), RUSH (10), PASS (29).
DOLPHINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (26), RUSH (16), PASS (22).
DOLPHINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (7), PASS (26).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Since 2001, Patriots have lost 15 games to AFC East teams. Seven of those defeats came against Miami. … Miami’s Brandon Fields ranks second in NFL in punting. New England’s Zoltan Mesko 28th. … With victory, Patriots would clinch AFC East title for fourth consecutive season and would clinch their 12th winning season in row. … New England has won 11 consecutive December games. … Patriots lead NFL in points and yards per game. They’re converting 53 percent of their third downs, best in league. In past four weeks Patriots have scored 190 points, more than four teams have totaled all year. … In 420 pass attempts, Tom Brady has thrown three interceptions. … In Miami last year, Brady threw for team-record 517 yards, most ever allowed by Dolphins. … Dan Carpenter’s 43-yard field goal on the final play to beat Seattle last week was his fifth game-winning kick. … Dolphins rank third-best in red zone defense, allowing touchdowns on 40 percent of such possessions. … Over past four seasons, Dolphins are last in NFL with 70 takeaways. They have none in past four games. … Dolphins opponents have 16 fumbles, but Miami has recovered only three. … Miami’s Ryan Tannehill has passer rating of 59.1 on third down, worst among all NFL starters.
— The Associated Press