Dolphins-Patriots Capsule

Updated: October 24, 2013, 1:23 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI (3-3) at NEW ENGLAND (5-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE -- Patriots by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Miami 3-3, New England 3-4

SERIES RECORD -- Dolphins lead 50-45

LAST MEETING -- Patriots beat Dolphins 28-0, Dec. 30, 2012

LAST WEEK -- Bills beat Dolphins 23-21; Jets beat Patriots 30-27, OT

AP PRO32 RANKING -- Dolphins No. 17, Patriots No. 9

DOLPHINS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (27), RUSH (25), PASS (16)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (21), RUSH (15), PASS (25)

PATRIOTS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (16), RUSH (13), PASS (20)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (18), RUSH (13), PASS (11)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Both AFC East teams have struggled, with Dolphins losing last three games and Patriots dropping two of three, only win coming on TD pass with 5 seconds left against Saints. ... Patriots have won last six meetings. ... Miami's Ryan Tannehill threw career-high three scoring passes last Sunday but lost fumble that led to decisive field goal; also threw two INTs, one returned for TD. ... Dolphins ran only 25 times, averaging 4.8 yards against Bills' weak rushing defense. Patriots have been vulnerable to runs up middle. ... Brandon Gibson caught first two TD passes of season last Sunday. ... Brandon Fields leads NFL in gross and net punting average. ... TE Charles Clay has TD reception in three straight games. ... DE Cameron Wake has 5 1-2 sacks in eight games against New England. LB Olivier Vernon has sack in three consecutive games. ... Patriots play another division opponent after their 12-game AFC East winning streak was stopped by Jets. They've won 13 straight division games at home. ... Tom Brady has completed fewer than half his passes in three of his seven games. ... TE Rob Gronkowski had eight catches against Jets after missing first six games while recovering from offseason forearm and back surgeries. ... Rookie DT Chris Jones had 10 tackles, two sacks vs. Jets, but was penalized for pushing teammate into offensive line on Nick Folk's 56-yard field goal attempt. Folk then connected from 42 yards for overtime victory. ... After going 1 for 12 last week against Jets, New England is 7 for 39 on third-down conversions in last three games. ... Patriots have forced turnover in 34 straight games, NFL's longest active streak. ... DE Andre Carter, who played for Patriots in 2011, re-signed to bolster banged-up defensive line.

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