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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-2) vs. MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-6)
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (65,878)

The New England Patriots return to the confines of Gillette Stadium after a two-game road trip. After the Patriots win at Denver, the team trained at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs prior to their trip to Mexico City to face the Oakland Raiders.

The 33-8 victory over the Raiders last Sunday guaranteed a finish of .500 or better for the 17th straight season, tying the Cleveland Browns (1957-73) for the second longest streak to the Dallas Cowboys with 21 straight seasons (1965-85).

With a win this week against Miami, the Patriots will improve to 9-2 and guarantee a winning record for the 17th straight season to break a tie with San Francisco (1983-98) and Dallas (1970-85) for the most consecutive winning seasons since the 1970 merger.

SERIES HISTORY

The New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins will square off for the 104th time, including three playoff games and for the first of two meetings in 2017. It is the 52nd year as division foes.

Last season the Patriots swept the season series for the 10th time with a 31-24 win at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 18 followed by a 35-14 victory at Miami on Jan. 1 in the regular-season finale. The win at Miami last seaosn snapped a three-game losing streak against the Dolphins in Miami.

The Patriots have had the upper hand at home against Miami, holding a 33-17 record in games played in New England in the regular-season, including a 13-2 record at Gillette Stadium. But the Patriots are only 16-36 all-time in Miami, including two postseason games. Miami beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium for the first time in the final game of the 2005 season, 28-26, when Patriots starting QB Tom Brady was pulled out of action after the first quarter. Miami also beat the Patriots, 38-13, at Gillette Stadium, on Sept. 21, 2008.

The Dolphins and Patriots met for the first time in 1966 and began playing twice a year during the regular season in 1967, except in 1982 during the strike year. The Patriots swept the series nine times.

The two have played three times in the postseason with New England holding a 2-1 advantage.

SERIES BREAKDOWN

MIAMI 53, NEW ENGLAND 50
(Including New England 2, Miami 1 in Playoffs)

*-A Miami home game was played in Tampa in 1969

Record in New England, 34-17 (Incl. 1-0 in playoffs)

  • Record in Foxborough, 32-15 (1-0)
  • Record in Boston, 2-2

Record in Miami, 16-36 (Incl. 1-1 in playoffs)

  • Record at Dolphins / Pro Player / Joe Robbie/ Sun Life, 12-18
  • Record at Orange Bowl, 3-18 (1-1)

Record in Tampa*, 1-0

Seasonal Sweeps: Patriots 10, Dolphins 13

Seasonal Splits: 26 (Most recent 2015)

Bill Belichick vs. Miami: 22-15 (22-12 with New England)

tale of the Tape

**2017 Regular Season****New England****Miami**
Record8-24-6
Divisional Standings1st3rdT
Total Yards Gained4,1052,923
Total Offense (Rank)410.5 (2)292.3 (30)
Rush Offense106.0 (16)80.4 (29)
Pass Offense304.5 (1)211.9 (20)
Points Per Game29.0 (4)15.7 (31)
Touchdowns Scored3018
Third Down Conversion Pct.45.535.2
Team Passer Rating111.179.6
Total Yards Allowed4,0193,392
Total Defense (Rank) 401.9 (32)339.2 (17)
Rush Defense 119.9 (24T)109.9 (14)
Pass Defense282.0 (32)229.3 (17)
Points Allowed/Game 20.3 (12)25.4 (25T)
Touchdowns Allowed2430
Third Down Defense (Pct.)42.439.5
Third Down Defense (Pct.)26/2911/12
Possession Avg.30:4828:56
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost23/13818/129
Sacks Made/Yards17/11217/103
Passing TD/Int. (Off.)22/216/13
Passing TD/Int. (Def.)18/818/3
Penalties Against/Yards62/55884/635
Punts/Avg.34/43.452/45.3
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio+8 (3T)-9 (29T)

QUICK HITS

  • Since Bill Belichick became Patriots head coach in 2000, New England is 22-12 (.647) against the Miami Dolphins.
  • Since 2000, the Patriots are 79-28 (.738) against AFC East opponents. The Patriots are 22-12 against the Dolphins over that span and are 25-10 against the New York Jets and 29-5 against the Buffalo Bills in that time. The Patriots were 3-1 against Indianapolis from 2000 through 2001 when they were in the AFC East.
  • The Patriots have not been swept in their season series with a divisional opponent since 2000, when they lost both games to Miami and also to the New York Jets.

BRADY VS. MIAMI

Tom Brady is scheduled to start at quarterback against Miami for the 30th time and has compiled a 20-9 record in his previous 29 starts against the Dolphins. Brady is 72-18 in his career as a starter in the regular-season against AFC East opponents, with nine of the 18 losses coming to the Dolphins. One of those losses was in the final game of the 2005 season when Brady was pulled after the first quarter.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION:This week's game will be broadcast by CBS and can be seen on WBZ-TV Channel 4. Ian Eagle will handle play-by-play duties with Dan Fouts as the color analyst. Evan Washburn will work from the sidelines. The game will be produced by Mark Wolff and directed by Bob Fishman.

NATIONAL RADIO: This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience by Sports USA. Larry Kahn and Hank Bauerwill call the game.

RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network's 40 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socciwill call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis. The games are produced by Marc Cappello.

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