Patriots-Dolphins Capsule

NEW ENGLAND (10-2) at MIAMI (5-7)

Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

OPENING LINE – Patriots by 11

RECORD VS SPREAD – New England 8-4, Miami 4-6-2

SERIES RECORD – Dolphins lead 53-51

LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Dolphins 35-17, Nov. 26

LAST WEEK – Patriots beat Bills 23-3; Dolphins beat Broncos 35-9

AP PRO32 RANKING – Patriots No. 1, Dolphins No. 24

PATRIOTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (1), RUSH (9), PASS (1)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (28), RUSH (26), PASS (29)

DOLPHINS OFFENSE – OVERALL (29), RUSH (29), PASS (20)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE – OVERALL (18), RUSH (21), PASS (15)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Miami cornerback Bobby McCain was ejected from game two weeks ago for throwing punch at New England receiver Danny Amendola. … Patriots are plus-9 in turnover differential, fourth best in NFL. Dolphins are minus-10, third worst. … Patriots have won eight games in row, and will clinch ninth consecutive AFC East title Sunday if Buffalo loses to Indianapolis or with win at Miami. … TE Rob Gronkowski will sit out serving one-game suspension for late, gratuitous hit to head of Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White. Gronkowski caught two TD passes against Miami two weeks ago. … Patriots have won 14 consecutive road games, NFL’s second-best streak ever behind San Francisco’s 18-0 run spanning 1988-90 seasons. … Tom Brady last week became fourth player to top 65,000 career yards. With 65,214 yards, he joins Peyton Manning (71,940), Brett Favre (71,838) and Drew Brees (69,409). … Brady leads NFL in completions, passing yards and yards per attempt, and has lowest interception percentage. Brady threw four TD passes against Miami last month. … Brady has won 55 games in December, most by quarterback in any calendar month. … Dolphins have played more games on Monday night, 83, than any other team. But this will be their first since 2015. … Dolphins ranked last in scoring after 10 weeks at 15.2 points per game, but have averaged 24.0 in past three weeks. … Kenyan Drake has only 65 carries but has three rushing plays for 40-plus yards, tied for most in NFL. … Dolphins kickoff coverage unit has averaged starting field position of 22.2-yard line, best in league. … Jay Cutler has thrown 12 touchdown passes in his past six starts. He missed Patriots game two weeks ago because of concussion. … Fantasy Tip: Drake had breakout game last week with 120 yards rushing, and Patriots are allowing 5.1 yards per rush, worst in NFL.

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