The New England Patriots visit their AFC East rival Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens FL on Sunday at 1 p.m.
|The Patriots||—-||The Dolphins|
|Road record||4-2||Home record||3-2|
|AFC East||4-0||AFC East||1-2|
Ron Winter is the referee assigned to the game.
As of Thursday the line on the game from 5dimes.eu via Yahoo Sports has the Patriots at MINUS 9. The over/under is 51.5.
My prediction is Patriots 34, Dolphins, 20. Give the points (Patriots) and take the over. I was 3-8 against the spread and 8 for 11 on calling the over/under in 2012.
The Dolphins are reporting the game as a sell out.
Tickets to the game can be purchased through Ticketmaster. You can check the availability here.
Getting To The Game
If you’re lucky enough to be going to the game in Miami make sure you check out the links.
Here is the up to date weather forecast for the game from weather.com.
Click for all the game day information including stadium directions, parking and stadium information, parking map and a Sun Life Stadium seating chart.
Here’s a bunch of different tailgating recipes from Tailgating.com. There’s something there for everyone and every type of meal or snack. I’ve tried some of the recipes and they’re very good.
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Whether it’s at the game, a bar or a friend’s house moderation is always the key to a great time. Please don’t drink and drive and designate a sober driver. Remember You Drink, You Drive, You Lose.
CBS in televising the game regionally and Greg Gumbel will do play by play while Dan Dierdorf will provide the game analysis. You can look here for your local affiliate.
See if you’re getting the game courtesy of J.P. Kirby at the506.com.
The DirecTV designation is Channel 711.
Here are all the rules on NFL TV broadcasts including explaining the blackout rules, flex scheduling and commercial breaks.
The Patriots Radio Network broadcasts the game from flagship station WBZ-FM, 98.5 the Sports Hub in Boston. Gil Santos handles the play-by-play and former Patriots QB Scott Zolak will do the game analysis. It all starts with Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh with the pregame show at 10 a.m. along the network. The post game starts after the final gun and continues for three hours along the network.
The Patriots Radio Network call is available on Sirius Channel 92 and SiriusXM Internet Channel 818.
The Dolphins Radio Network has former Dolphins WR Jimmy Cefalo calling play-by-play and former Dolphins TE Joe Rose and Hall of Famer Bob Griese providing the color with Keith Sims on the sidelines via their flagship stations WINZ and WBGG-FM.
Their call is available on Sirius Channel 113, XM Channel 232 and SiriusXM Internet Channel 816.
Compass Media Network is broadcasting the game nationally with Chris Carrino and Brian Baldinger calling the game.
Patriots All-Access features behind the scenes looks, interviews and breakdowns with head coach Bill Belichick and in depth features on the team. The program is hosted by Steve Burton of WBZ-TV (Boston) and airs weekly in most New England television markets.
- Boston MA on TV 38 Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
- Providence RI on WAN Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
- Manchester NH on WMUR Saturday at midnight
- Portland ME on WMTW Sunday at 5 a.m.
- Hartford CT on WCTX Saturday at 5 p.m.
- Springfield MA on WFXQ Saturday at 7 p.m.
- Bangor ME on WVII Sunday at 11 a.m.
You can also watch it anytime on the team website in the media section.
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The Patriots made Fireman Ed quit and go home as they destroyed the Jets, 49-19 on the road. The Dolphins survived the sprinklers and the Seahawks winning on the final play at home 24-21.
- This is the 94th meeting between the Patriots and the Dolphins since they started to face each other as AFL foes in 1966 when Miami became a franchise.
- The Dolphins lead the all-time series 50-43. This includes 3 meetings in the playoffs (1982, 1985, 1997) with the Patriots holding a 2-1 post season edge.
- The Patriots swept the season series in 2011 they won in Week 1 in Miami, 38-24 when Tom Brady threw for 517 yards a team record and 5th highest total in NFL history and again Week 16 with a 27-24 win at Gillette.
Patriots Team Notes
The Patriots overall franchise record is 422-368-9. They have won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) in seven appearances. Overall they are are 23-16 in the post season.
They last appeared in the playoffs in 2011 when they beat Denver home in the AFC Divisional Playoff, 45-10 and defeated Baltimore 23-20 in Foxboro in the AFC Championship Game. They lost Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants 21-17.
The Patriots were 13-3 (2-1 in playoffs) in 2011 and are the defending two-time AFC East Champions as well as the defending AFC Conference Champions. They have won the division 8 times and the conference 5 times since 2000.
With a win at Miami on Sunday the Patriots will secure their 12th consecutive winning season and their 10th AFC East Championship since 2000 and 3rd in a row.
It would be the franchise’s 15th AFC East title breaking the tie for most division crowns with Miami.
Since 1999 the Patriots have the best record in the NFL at 155-64.
New England now has a 5-game winning streak after starting the season 3-3.
Since 2001 the Patriots are 70-16 in games played on Thanksgiving or later.
Since 2001 New England is 41-5 in December games.
New England is 57-15 vs. the AFC East since 2001 in the regular season.
The Patriots are now a combined 19-0 in the second half of the season since 2010. Their last loss in the second half was in 2009 in the season finale at Houston.
An AFC East rival has not swept the Patriots in a season series since 2000 when Miami and New York swept them.
The Patriots all-time in Miami are 14-33.
The Patriots have swept the Dolphins 8 times in the series history including 5 times in the Belichick era (2003-04, 07, 10-11).
The Patriots have seven non-offensive touchdowns in 2012. The 2010 Patriots and 1961 Patriots teams own the team record with nine non-offensive touchdowns. The NFL record for most non-offensive touchdowns is 13 by Seattle in 1998.
Date Game Touchdown
9/9/12 at Tennessee Dont’a Hightower 6-yd. Fumble Return
10/21/12 vs. N.Y. Jets Devin McCourty 104-yd. Kickoff Return
11/18/12 vs. Indianapolis Julian Edelman 68-yd. Punt Return
11/18/12 vs. Indianapolis Aqib Talib 59-yd. Int. Return
11/18/12 vs. Indianapolis Alfonzo Dennard 87-yd. Int. return
11/22/12 at N.Y. Jets Steve Gregory 32-yd. Fumble Return
11/22/12 at N.Y. Jets Julian Edelman 22-yd. Fumble Return
The Patriots are 1st in the NFL in points per game with 37.0. While they allow 22.2 points per game good for 13th in the NFL.
The New England defense has sacked the opponents quarterback 23 times this season while their quarterbacks have been sacked 15 times.
New England is PLUS 24 in turnover differential. The offense has given up 3 INT and 5 fumbles, while the defense has 14 INTs and 18 fumble recoveries.
The Patriots are 83 for 156 (53.2%) in 3rd down efficiency and 1 for 3 (33.3%) on fourth down attempts. Opponents are 61 for 136 (44.9%) in 3rd down efficiency and 6 for 14 (42.9%) on 4th down attempts.
New England is 35 of 52 (67.3%) in the red zone while opponents are 19 for 31 (61.3%) in the red zone in 2012.
In goal to go situations New England is 27 for 32 (84.4%) and opponents are 14 for 18 (77.8%).
Since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994 they:
- Have the most Super Bowl wins, 3.
- Have the most regular season wins, 201.
- Have the most wins including playoffs, 220.
- Have the most conference titles, 6.
- Have the most division titles, 11.
- Have the most playoff wins, 19
- Have played the most playoff games, 29.
- Are tied for the most playoff seasons, 13.
- Have the best playoff win percentage, .671.
- Have drafted the most Pro Bowl players, 20.
New England set the following team records in 2011:
- Total yards, 6,848.
- First downs, 399.
- Net passing yards, 5,084.
- 100+ yard receiving games, 18.
- Games with 30+ points, 12 (tied for most in NFL history).
Patriots Staff Notes
This is the link to head coach Bill Belichick’s Wednesday press conference on the Dolphins.
Bill Belichick coached teams are 15-11 vs. Miami. Belichick is 15-9 as Patriots head coach and he was 0-2 as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Overall in his NFL career Belichick is 183-100 in his 18th NFL season. He is 147-56 with New England and 36-44 with Cleveland. He is 17-7 in the playoffs, 16-6 as head coach of the Patriots in the post season. When you combine his regular season and post season records he is 200-107.
Belichick’s 200 wins are good for 8th all-time. Former Broncos, Giants and Falcons head coach Dan Reeves is 7th with 201 wins.
Belichick is one of five head coaches in NFL history whose father (Steve Belichick) played in the league. The others are former Kansas City head coach Todd Haley (Dick Haley), former San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan (Dick Nolan), former Cincinnati head coach David Shula (Don Shula) and former NY Jets head coach Joe Walton (Frank Walton).
Belichick is one of just four coaches to win three Super Bowls, joining Chuck Noll (4), Joe Gibbs (3) and Bill Walsh (3). Those men are all in the Hall of Fame.
He is the only coach in NFL history to win three championship titles in four seasons.
He is the only coach in NFL history to have led his team to 10+ wins in 9 consecutive seasons.
Special Teams coach Scott O’Brien was a member of Nick Saban’s staff in Miami in 2005-06.
Patriots Possible Starters
LG: Do. Thomas
Patriots Players Notes
This is Tom Brady’s 13th NFL season he is 14-6 vs. the Dolphins. Of the 6 losses 5 have occurred in Miami.
Overall Brady is 132-38 as a starting QB and is 16-6 in the playoffs for an overall record of 148-44. Brady is a 7 time Pro Bowl QB; two time NFL MVP and has won 3 Super Bowls while twice being named the games MVP. He is also listed as the 21st Greatest Player in the History of the NFL according to the NFL Network.
He was ranked in the preseason by ESPN’s Ron Jaworski as the 3rd best quarterback in the NFL.
Brady has 132 career wins he is 5th all-time.
Brady finished the 2011 season with 5,235 passing yards and joined Drew Brees (5,476 in 2011 and 5,069 in 2008), Dan Marino (5,084 in 1984) and Matthew Stafford (5,038 in 2011) as the only players in NFL history to reach 5,000 passing yards in a single season.
Brady has 324 TD passes in his career he is now 5th all-time. Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton is 4th with 342.
Brady has thrown at least 1 TD pass in 43 consecutive games.
The Patriots are 88-16 when Brady throws at least 2 TD passes in a game.
Brady has 52 games in his career with 300 or more passing yards he is tied for 5th all-time with Kurt Warner.
On the season Brady is 274 of 421 (65.1%) for 3299 yards with 24 TDs and 3 INTs his QB rating is 105.0.
With 16 completions Brady will move into 9th place on the all-time list.
WR Wes Welker now has catches in 111 consecutive games including playoffs, 94 as a Patriot. The last time Welker did not have a catch in a game was 12/24/05 as a Dolphin.
Welker leads the team with 80 catches for 961 yards.
Welker has the second most receptions (730) all-time among undrafted receivers. Rod Smith is the NFl’s all-time leader with 849.
TE Rob Gronkowski has 37 receiving touchdowns and 38 touchdowns overall (1 rushing) since 2010. The NFL record for most receiving touchdowns in a player’s first three NFL seasons is 43 by Randy Moss and the NFL record for most touchdowns overall by a player in his first three NFL seasons is 47 by Barry Sanders (4 receiving and 43 rushing).
He leads the team with 10 TDs, RB Stevan Ridley is 2nd with 8 TDs.
Ridley leads the team in rushing with 939 yards on 206 carries. If he gets 61 more rushing yards he will be the 12th Patriot to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and first since BenJarvis Green-Ellis in 2010.
T Marcus Cannon made his first NFL start on Thursday against the Jets.
K Stephen Gostkowski has two field goals of 50 or more yards in 2012. With one more he will be the first Patriots kicker with three field goals of 50 or more yards in one season.
Gostkowski (7 for 10) needs one more field goal of 50 or more yards to tie Adam Vinatieri (8 for 17) for most in team history.
Rookie DE Chandler Jones and DE Rob Ninkovich lead the team with 6 sacks.
With one more sack Ninkovich will have a new career high for sacks.
Patriots rookie record for sacks is held by Garin Veris who had 10.5 in 1985.
Jones also leads the team with 11 QB hits.
Ninkovich and LB Brandon Spikes lead the team in forced fumbles with 5 each which ties Mike Vrabel’s franchise record.
Ninkovich leads the team with 4 recovered fumbles.
Mayo leads the team in tackles through 11 weeks with 143 (89 solo).
Rookie S Tavon Wilson leads the team in INTs with 4. He now has more INTs in his rookie NFL season than he did in his college career at Illinois.
McCourty also has team high 11 passes defensed in 2012. CB Kyle Arrington is 2nd with 8 passes defensed.
WR Matthew Slater has a team high 14 special teams tackles. Rookie S Nate Ebner is 2nd with 13 special teams tackles.
Former Dolphins now with the Patriots are WR Wes Welker, T Donald Thomas, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Mike Rivera and CB Will Allen (IR).
DT Vince Wilfork is a native of Boynton Beach FL.
DE Justin Francis is a native of Opa-Locka FL.
There are only two players on the team who played on at least one of the Super Bowl championship teams, Brady (3) and Wilfork (1).
Roster moves this week:
- Signed WR Jeremy Ebert to the practice squad. Ebert was a 7th round pick of the team that was released after the preseason.
- Promoted RB James Develin to 53-man roster from practice squad.
- NFL suspended DE Jermaine Cunningham on Monday for 4 games for violation of the performance enhanching drug policy.
On Wednesday the team submitted following players for the injury list. G Dan Connolly (back); TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip); G Logan Mankins (ankle/calf); T Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee); T Markus Zusevics (illness) and DE Chander Jones (ankle) did not practice. DT Ron Brace (back); S Patrick Chung (shoulder); WR Julian Edelman (concussion); TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle); LB Dont’a Hightower (hamstring); WR Brandon Lloyd (knee); DT Kyle Love (knee) G Nick McDonald (shoulder); WR Matthew Slater (concussion); LB Brandon Spikes (knee); LB Tracy White (foot) and WR Wes Welker (ankle) had limited participation. LB Jerod Mayo (elbow) had full participation in practice.
On Thursday the following players were on the injury list. TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip); G Logan Mankins (ankle/calf); T Markus Zusevics (illness) and DE Chander Jones (ankle) did not practice. DT Ron Brace (back); S Patrick Chung (shoulder); G Dan Connolly (back); WR Julian Edelman (concussion); TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle); LB Dont’a Hightower (hamstring); WR Brandon Lloyd (knee); DT Kyle Love (knee) G Nick McDonald (shoulder); WR Matthew Slater (concussion); LB Brandon Spikes (knee); T Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee); LB Tracy White (foot) and WR Wes Welker (ankle) had limited participation. LB Jerod Mayo (elbow) had full participation in practice
The Patriots captains for 2012 are QB Tom Brady, DT Vince Wilfork, G Logan Mankins, LB Jerod Mayo, CB Devin McCourty and WR Matthew Slater (special teams).
The Patriots have 5 New England natives on the roster they are: TE Aaron Hernandez (Bristol CT); OL Donald Thomas (New Haven CT); DE Ron Brace (Worcester MA); LB Niko Koutouvides (Plainville CT) and OL Jamey Richard (Weston CT – IR). They have 11 players who played for a New England school or a Big East Conference member. They are CB Will Allen (Syracuse – IR); DE Ron Brace (Boston College); RB James Develin (Brown); RB Tony Fiametta (Syracuse – Exempt List); DE Justin Francis (Rutgers); S Stephen Gregory (Syracuse); DE Chandler Jones (Syracuse); CB Devin McCourty (Rutgers); OL Donald Thomas (UConn); OL Jeremiah Warren (South Florida – Practice Squad) and NT Vince Wilfork (Miami).
The Patriots have 6 retired numbers: 20 – Gino Cappelletti, 40 – Mike Haynes, 73 – John Hannah, 78 – Bruce Armstrong, 79 – Jim Lee Hunt and 89 – Bob Dee.
Dolphins Team Notes
Miami's all-time record is 405-306-4 they are 20-20 in the post season with their last post season appearance coming in 2008 when they lost to Baltimore in the AFC Wild Card game, 27-9.
They last played for a conference championship in 1992 when they lost to San Diego in the AFC Title game, 29-10.
They have won two Super Bowl titles (VII, VIII) in five appearances. They last appeared in a Super Bowl in 1984 losing to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XIX, 38-16. The Dolphins franchise started in 1966 in the AFL.
This is the 40th anniversary year of the 1972 Dolphins undefeated season in which they finished 17-0 and won Super Bowl VII beating Washington 14-7.
The Dolphins hold a 33-14 series advantage over the Patriots at home and they have a 15-10 series lead at Sun Life Stadium (formerly known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park/Stadium, Dolphins/Dolphin Stadium and Land Shark Stadium) since it opened in 1987.
Miami has swept the season series from the Patriots 13 times. The last time was in 2000.
Dolphins largest margin of victory in the series is 52 points. Their largest margin of loss is 34 points.
Miami has lost the last 4 meetings between the teams.
Dolphins longest series win streak is 9 games from 1989-93.
Miami has two shut outs in the series, while they have been shut out three times.
The Dolphins are 26th in the NFL in points per game with 19.2. While they allow 20.5 points per game good for a tie for 9th in the NFL.
The Miami defense has sacked the opponents quarterback 22 times this season while their quarterbacks have been sacked 29 times.
Miami is MINUS 10 in turnover differential. The offense has given up 12 INT and 9 fumbles, while the defense has 8 INTs and 3 fumble recoveries.
The Dolphins are 52 for 143 (35.4%) in 3rd down efficiency and 3 for 8 (37.5%) on fourth down attempts. Opponents are 58 for 168 (34.5%) in 3rd down efficiency and 9 for 10 (90%) on 4th down attempts.
Dolphins Staff Notes
Hear what Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin had to say to the New England media about the match up.
Miami head coach Joe Philbin in his 1st season as an NFL head coach; he is 5-6 since taking over.
He has never coached against New England in his career.
Philbin, a Springfield MA native, is a former high school player and coach at Longmeadow (MA) High School. He also coached at Northeastern and Harvard as the offensive coordinator.
Prior to coming to Miami he was the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers since 2007.
He is the 10th head coach in Miami franchise history.
Philbin lost his 21-year old son Michael this past January in a tragic water accident in Wisconsin. He and his wife also have five other children.
Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle played DB at UMass from 1975-77. He coached at College of the Holy Cross from 1982-1990.
Assistant special teams coach Dave Fipp coached at the College of the Holy Cross from 1998-99.
Offensive assistant Ben Johnson was a coach at Boston College in 2010 and 2011.
Assistant wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan was born in Springfield MA and was a WR at the University of Maine from 1998-2000.
Assistant offensive line coach Chris Mosley coached at Boston College in 2007 and St. Anselm College in 2011.
Wide Receivers coach Ken O’Keefe was born in Milford CT. He coached at the University of New Haven in 1976-77.
Assistant strength and conditioning coach Dave Puloka was born in Arlington MA and was a linebacker at the College of the Holy Cross from 1997-2000.
Special Teams Coordinator Darren Rizzi was a tight end at the URI from 1988-91 and was a coach for the Rams in 1992. He returned as head coach of URI in 2008. He has also coached at the University of New Haven (1993-97 and was head coach 1999-2001) and Northeastern in 1998.
Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman was born in Norwood MA and was a college lineman at Central Connecticut State College in 1974-77. He coached at College of the Holy Cross from 1985-88.
Offensive line coach Jim Turner was born in Boston MA and coached at Northeastern 1994-98 and Harvard 2000-02.
Director of College Scouting Chris Grier is a UMass graduate and former Patriots intern.
Dolphins Possible Starters
S: R. Jones
Dolphins Players Notes
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is in his first season in the NFL and he is 5-6. He was Miami’s first round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M.
He has never faced New England in his career.
He set the Miami rookie record for passing yards (2,373) last Sunday when he passed Dan Marino (2,210).
Tannehill was the first rookie QB to start a season opener in Dolphins history.
Tannehill is 197 of 334 (59%) for 2373 yards, 7 TDs and 12 INTs for a QB rating of 72.9.
WR/PR Davone Bess (1,196) needs just 36 yards to tie former Dolphin WR Wes Welker (1,232) for 2nd all-time on the Dolphins career punt return yards list. Former S Jake Scott is the all-time franchise leader with 1,330 yards.
K Dan Carpenter has the 5th most points in franchise history with 508. He trails Uwe von Schamann (540), Pete Stoyanovich (774), Garo Yepremian (830) and Olindo Mare (1,048).
His field goal percentage of 81% is the highest in team history.
LB Karlos Dansby leads Miami with 83 tackles (62 solo).
WR Brian Hartline has 24 catches in his career for 25 yards or more, 6th most in Dolphins history.
Hartline leads the team with 807 receiving yards on 55 catches. Bess also has 55 catches for 715 yards.
CB Sean Smith, S Chris Clemons and S Reshad Jones lead the team in INTs with 2 each.
Smith is the team leader with 11 passes defensed.
Jones and Smith lead the Dolphins with 2 forced fumbles each.
LB Jason Trusnik leads Miami with 10 special teams tackles (8 solo).
RB Reggie Bush leads the team with 150 carries for 662 yards.
DE Cameron Wake is 10th in team history in sacks with 37.5. He leads the Dolphins this year with 9.5 sacks.
TE Jason Mastrud was a member of the Patriots practice squad in 2010. T Will Yeatman was in camp with the Patriots as a TE in 2011 but was waived.
G Ryan Durand is the only Dolphin player from New England he is from Walpole NH.
The following players were listed on the injury report on Wednesday. RB Jorvorskie Lane (knee) did not practice. TE Anthony Fasano (hip) and LB Austin Spitler (ankle) were limited in practice. WR Davone Bess (wrist); CB Nolan Carroll (neck); LB Karlos Dansby (biceps); QB Pat Devlin (hip); S Reshad Jones (thumb) and RB Daniel Thomas (knee/ankle) had full participation.
The following players were listed on the injury report on Thursday. RB Jorvorskie Lane (knee); TE Anthony Fasano (hip) and LB Austin Spitler (ankle) were limited in practice. WR Davone Bess (wrist); CB Nolan Carroll (neck); LB Karlos Dansby (biceps); QB Pat Devlin (hip); S Reshad Jones (thumb) and RB Daniel Thomas (knee/ankle) had full participation.
Miami’s captains for 2012 are appointed weekly.
There are 4 players on the Dolphins roster from Big East universities and New England based colleges. They are LB Jonathan Freeney (Rutgers); G Josh Samuda (UMass); G Ryan Durand (Syracuse) and DT Chas Alecxih (Pittsburgh).
The Dolphins have three retired numbers: 12 – Bob Griese, 13 – Dan Marino and 39 – Larry Csonka.
The Patriots host the Houston Texans next Monday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA. Kick off is at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
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