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CAROLINA (7-3) at MIAMI (5-5)

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 7-3, Miami 5-5

SERIES RECORD - Miami leads 4-0

LAST MEETING - Dolphins beat Panthers 24-17, Nov. 19, 2009

LAST WEEK - Dolphins beat San Diego 20-16; Panthers beat New England 24-20

AP PRO32 RANKING - Dolphins No. 17, Panthers No. 5

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (10), PASS (28).

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (3), PASS (5).

DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (24), PASS (20).

DOLPHINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (25), PASS (19).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Carolina offensive coordinator Mike Shula is son of former Dolphins coach Don Shula, winningest coach in NFL history. ... Panthers have allowed 135 points, fewest in NFL. ... Panthers lead league with third-down conversion rate of 48 percent. They're fourth on fourth down at 71 percent. ... Carolina has outscored opponents 45-8 in first quarter, and led at halftime in all but one game. ... During Panthers' six-game winning streak, QB Cam Newton has thrown 10 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. ... Panthers lead NFL with 21 drives of five minutes or more. They've had only 16 three-and-out possessions, which is tied for fewest in league, and they rank second in time of possession. ... Miami QB Ryan Tannehill leads NFL with 41 sacks, two shy of franchise record set by Bob Griese in 1968. ... Dolphins rank next to last in NFL in yards at 308 per game. They're averaging 4.5 yards on first down, also second worst. ... Dolphins have been outgained by 57 yards per game, which ranks fourth worst in NFL. ... Seven of Miami's 10 games have been decided by four points or fewer. ... Dolphins are tied for fifth in red zone scoring, and tied for eighth in red zone defense. ... Miami has been penalized 41 times, which ties for second fewest in league.

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