The New England Patriots host the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA on Sunday at 1 p.m.
|The Dolphins||-||The Patriots|
|Overall Record||3-3||Overall Record||5-2|
|Road Record||2-1||Home Record||3-0|
|AFC East||0-1||AFC East||2-1|
Walt Anderson is the referee for the game.
As of Thursday the line on the game from Sports Betting via Yahoo Sports has the Patriots at MINUS 7. The over/under is 45.
My Prediction is Patriots 27, Dolphins, 14. Give the points (Patriots) and take the under. I am 1-6 against the spread and 2 of 7 on calling the over/under in 2013.
The Patriots are reporting the game as a sell out. It is the 211th consecutive sell out dating back to the 1994 season opener. The record includes preseason, regular season and playoff games.
Tickets to the game, if available, can be purchased through Ticketmaster. You can check the availability here.
After market tickets are available through the Official Patriots Ticket Exchange where season ticket holders can sell their unused seats to fans on the season ticket waiting list.
Getting to the Game
If you’re lucky enough to be going to the game in Foxboro make sure you check out the links.
Here is the up to date weather forecast from the Weather Channel for Foxboro MA.
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.
And with tailgating many people enjoy some adult beverages. With that in mind check out Drink Nation for how to make all sorts of great drinks. You can look things up by name, ingredient(s) or theme.
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 drive sober or get pulled over.
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The DirecTV designation is Channel 708.
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. Bob Socci handles the play-by-play and former Patriots QB Scott Zolak will do 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 91, XM Channel 229 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 Kim Bokamper on the sidelines via their flagship stations WINZ and WBGG-FM.
Their call is available on Sirius Channel 136 and SiriusXM Internet Channel 816.
ESPN Radio will broadcast the game nationally (except in the Boston and New York markets) with Ryan Ruocco and Bill Polian calling the game and Ian Fitzsimmons on the sidelines.
Patriots All Access
Patriots All-Access features behind the scenes looks, interviews and breakdowns with head coach Bill Belichick and in depth features on the team. It’s 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 WNAC Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
- Manchester NH on WMUR Saturday at midnight
- Portland ME on WMTW Saturday 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 teams website in the media section.
The Patriots lost on the road to the Jets in OT, 30-27. The Dolphins lost at home to the Bills, 23-21.
- This is the 96th meeting between the teams including playoffs.
- The Dolphins lead the series 50-45 including playoffs.
- The Patriots have the edge in post season meetings, 2-1.
- New England won both games in 2012. They beat Miami 23-16 on the road and 28-0 at home.
- The Patriots have won 8 of the last 10 games between the teams.
- The Patriots are 30-17 vs. the Dolphins at home including playoffs.
Patriots Team Notes
The Patriots overall franchise record is 431-371-9. They have won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) in seven appearances. Overall they are 24-17 in the post season.
They last appeared in the playoffs in 2012 when they beat Houston in the AFC Divisional Round 41-28 and lost to Baltimore 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game.
The Patriots were 12-4 (1-1 in playoffs) in 2012 and are the defending four-time AFC East Champions. They have won the division 10 times and the conference 5 times since 2000.
New England is 76-15 at home in the regular season since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002.
In that time span the Patriots have only allowed 17.0 points per game at home. Only Pittsburgh (16.9) and Baltimore (16.0) have allowed fewer.
They also lead the NFL in points scored at home averaging 17.5 points per game since 2002.
With a win on Sunday they could tie the Oakland Raiders for the most wins among the former AFL teams with 432. The Raiders host the Steelers this week.
Since 2003 the Patriots are 31-4 after a loss that means in the last decade they have only had four losing streaks.
Since 2003 the Patriots have the NFL’s best record at 131-36. The Indianapolis Colts are second 14 games behind.
Since October 2003 the Patriots are an NFL best 36-9 in October games including a home record of 21-1
They have won 27 of their last 33 October games.
New England is 61-16 vs. the AFC East since 2001 in the regular season.
They are 29-5 at home vs. the AFC East since the 2002 division realignment.
The Patriots are the only AFC East team that has scored more points than they have allowed.
New England is 9-2 at Gillette Stadium vs. Miami.
A win Sunday will give New England their longest win streak vs. Miami (7).
The Patriots have swept the Dolphins 9 times including the last three seasons.
The Patriots had a 12-game division win streak snapped last week when they lost to the Jets.
A divisional opponent has not swept them since 2000 when Miami and New York each won both games that season.
The Patriots have forced a turnover in 34 consecutive games.
Since 1994 the Patriots are PLUS 152 in turnover differential best in the NFL by a wide margin. Kansas City is 2nd at PLUS 81 and Green Bay is 3rd at PLUS 77.
New England is PLUS 5 in turnover differential tied for 6th in the NFL. They have 8 INT’s and have recovered 5 fumbles while they have thrown 5 INT’s and lost 3 fumbles.
The Patriots are 20th in points scored averaging 21.7 points per game and are 5th in fewest points allowed with 18.1 points per game.
Patriots led the NFL in 2012 in:
- Points, 557
- First downs, 444
- Touchdowns, 67
- Total yards, 6,846
- Turnover differential, +25
- Total offense, 427.9 yards per game
- Points per game, 34.8
New England set the following team records in 2012:
- First downs, 444 (NFL record).
- Fewest fumbles, 7
This is the 20th season of Patriots ownership by the Kraft family. Since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994 they:
- Have the most Super Bowl wins, 3.
- Have the most regular season wins, 210.
- Have the most wins including playoffs, 230.
- Have the most conference titles, 6.
- Have the most division titles, 12.
- Have the most playoff wins, 20
- Have played the most playoff games, 31.
- Are tied for the most playoff seasons, 14.
- The fewest head coaches within the division, 3.
- Have drafted the most Pro Bowl players, 20.
From 1960 to 1993 the New England/Boston Patriots won a total of 225 games. In the 20 years the Kraft family has owned the team they have now won 230 games including the three biggest in franchise history.
Patriots Staff Notes
This is the link to head coach Bill Belichick’s Wednesday press conference on the Jets.
Bill Belichick is 17-11 vs. the Dolphins in his career. He is 17-9 against them as the head coach in New England.
Overall in his NFL career Belichick is 192-103 in his 19th NFL season as a head coach. He is 156-59 with New England and 36-44 with Cleveland. He is 18-8 in the playoffs, 17-7 as head coach of the Patriots in the post season. When you combine his regular season and post season records he is 210-111.
Belichick’s 210 wins are good for 5th all-time.
He has won 5 conference titles; he needs one more to tie Don Shula’s record of 6.
He is the first head coach to have had 4 teams that scored at least 500 points in a season.
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).
He is the only coach in NFL history to win three championship titles in four seasons.
No coach either as the head coach or an assistant has appeared in more Super Bowls than Belichick who has been to 8 (five as a head coach).
He is the only coach in NFL history to have led his team to 10+ wins in 10 consecutive seasons.
He has been NFL Coach of the Year three times; he and Chuck Knox are the only three time winners, while Don Shula won four times.
Special Teams Coach Scott O’Brien spent two seasons (2005-06) with the Dolphins as coordinator of football operations/assistant to the head coach.
Patriots offensive coaching assistant Brian Daboll was the Dolphins offensive coordinator in 2011.
Patriots Possible Starters
- LT: Solder
- LG: Mankins
- C: Wendell
- RG: Connolly
- RT: Vollmer
- TE: Gronkowski
- WR: Edelman
- WR: Thompkins
- WR: Dobson
- QB: Brady
- RB: Ridley
- DE: Carter
- DT: Vellano
- DT: Chr. Jones
- DE: Cha. Jones
- LB: Collins
- LB: Spikes
- LB: Hightower
- LCB: Ryan
- RCB: Dennard
- S: Arrington
- S: McCourty
Patriots Players Notes
Tom Brady Notes:
- This is his 14th NFL season he is 16-6 vs. the Dolphins in his career. He is 78-13 at home in the regular season.
- Overall he is 141-41 as a starting QB and is 17-7 in the playoffs for an overall record of 158-48. He is an 8 time Pro Bowl QB; 3 time All-Pro selection; 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 is the only QB in any era to have 100 more wins than losses at anytime in their career.
- Brady has led New England to 10 Division titles, most by any QB in NFL history.
- With his Week 6 comeback win over New Orleans he now has 38 wins in his career (31 in the regular season and 7 in the playoffs) in which the team was trailing or tied in the fourth quarter. It was the second time this season he also turned the trick at Buffalo in Week 1. In 28 of the 38 comeback wins the team was losing in the fourth quarter.
- 342 TD passes in his career make him now tied for 4th all-time with Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton.
- Is just the 5th NFL QB with 340 or more TD passes in his career.
- Has 7 games with two 50+ yard TD passes in his career.
- 141 career wins are 5th all-time. Dan Marino is 4th with 147.
- Is only 5th NFL QB to have achieved 140 regular season wins joining Peyton Manning, John Elway, Dan Marino and Brett Favre.
- He had 30+ TD passes for the 3rd consecutive season and is just the fifth player to have four or more 30+ TD pass seasons.
- He has thrown for 2 or more TD’s in 110 games; the team’s record is 94-16.
Rob Gronkowski notes:
- Was active last week against the Jets for the first time this season.
- In his first action of the season he had 8 catches for 114-yards.
- Set franchise record with his 10th 100-yard game.
- Has 38 touchdown receptions from Tom Brady and needs one touchdown reception from Brady to tie Randy Moss at 39 for the most touchdown receptions from Brady.
- Has 38 touchdown receptions in 44 career games. He has an opportunity to become the fastest to 40 touchdown receptions. Antonio Gates from San Diego has the current record, reaching 40 touchdown receptions in 71 games.
Danny Amendola notes:
- Had his first 100-yard game as a Patriot at Buffalo. It was the third of his career.
- Returned to action at Cincinnati in Week 5 after missing previous 3 games with a groin injury.
- Suffered a concussion Week 6 vs. New Orleans and is doubtful vs. Miami.
Julian Edelman notes:
- Based on a minimum of 75 returns he has the highest punt return average in NFL history averaging 12.8 yards per return.
- With 1 more punt return for a TD he will set a new team record. He is tied at 3 with Irving Fryar and Troy Brown.
- He had his second career 100-yard game at Atlanta when he had a career high 118-yards on 7 catches.
- Leads the team with 46 catches for 455 yards. He had just 21 catches in 2012.
Kenbrell Thompkins notes:
- Has 4 TD catches in his rookie season. He leads the team in that category.
- With two more TD catches he will tie Terry Glenn for most TD catches by a Patriots rookie wide receiver.
- Had his first game winning TD catch Week 6 vs. New Orleans.
- Had 127-yards receiving at Atlanta and is just the second Patriots rookie to have a 100-yard game.
- The 127-yard receiving is the highest single game total by a Patriots rookie WR.
- Is a native of Miami FL and attended Miami Northwestern High School 10 miles from Sun Life Stadium.
Stevan Ridley notes:
- Had his third 2-TD game of his career against New Orleans in Week 6.
- Leads the team with 320 rushing yards in 6 games.
- Missed Week 5 game at Cincinnati with an injury.
Stephen Gostkowski notes:
- He is the most accurate kicker by percentage in team history at 85.0% (188 of 221).
- He has made 13 consecutive field goals, the team record is 23 set by Adam Viniateri.
- He is 3rd in team history in points with 933 trailing only Gino Cappelletti (1,130) and Adam Vinatieri (1,158).
- Set team record with his 9th career field goal of 50+ yards against the Saints in Week 6.
- His field goal against Buffalo was only the second game winner in his career.
- The 54-yard field goal against New Orleans set a new career long.
Andre Carter notes:
- Returns to the Patriots for the remainder of the season. Had played for them in 2011 but signed with Oakland after he could come to terms with the Patriots.
- He will wear #96, wore #93 his first time in New England.
- Was released by Raiders prior to the Week 1 this year.
- As a Patriot had a career game and tied a franchise record for 4 sacks in a game vs. Jets.
- In a game at Denver tore his left quad tendon and missed remainder of season including Super Bowl XLVI.
- Was named to the Pro-Bowl in his lone season in New England.
- His father is Rubin Carter a former defensive tackle with the Denver Broncos.
Rob Ninkovich notes:
- Forced five fumbles last season along with LB Brandon Spikes to tie a team record.
- Has 10 fumble recoveries since 2010 the most in the NFL in that span.
- Spent two seasons in Miami as a reserve defense end in 2007 and 2008.
- Has a groin injury that is limiting him and could be a 50/50 proposition come Sunday.
Devin McCourty notes:
- He has 2 career 2 INT games.
- Led team with 12 tackles (10 solo) at Atlanta.
- His twin brother, Jason plays for Tennessee.
Joe Vellano notes:
- Rookie made his first NFL start Week 5 at Cincinnati.
- Was undrafted free agent out of Maryland.
- Has 20 tackles (11 solo) so far this season.
- Registered his first NFL sack Week 4 at Atlanta.
Chris Jones notes:
- Rookie had his first NFL sack Week 5 at Cincinnati.
- Made first NFL start Week 6 vs. New Orleans and had 3 tackles.
Brandon Spikes notes:
- Shares the team lead in tackles made with Jerod Mayo they both have 66.
- Had a team high 22 tackles against Cincinnati. It was a career high for Spikes.
- He had a career high 128 tackles in 2012 including 6 games with 10 or more tackles.
Chandler Jones notes:
- His brother Arthur plays for the Ravens and his brother Jon is a UFC Champion.
- Had his first 2+ sack games at Seattle in 2012 and his second in Week 2 against the Jets.
- Leads the team in sacks with 6.5 and QB hits with 13.
- He forced 3 fumbles on sacks in 2012.
Aqib Talib notes:
- Leads the team with 4 INT’s and 9 passes defensed.
- Status unsure for Week 8 vs. Dolphins due to a hip injury suffered against the Saints in Week 6.
Marcus Forston notes:
- Born in Miami FL and attended Miami Northwestern High School 10 miles from Sun Life Stadium.
- Played college football at the University of Miami.
Logan Ryan notes:
- Had his first NFL INT at New York in Week 7 and returned it 79-yards for a touchdown.
There are only two players on the team who played on at least one of the Super Bowl championship teams, Brady (3) and Wilfork (on IR) (1).
Roster moves this week:
- Signed DL Andre Carter to the 53-man roster.
- Released DT Andre Neblett.
Patriots team captains for 2103:
- QB Tom Brady
- G Logan Mankins
- S Devin McCourty
- DE Rob Ninkovich
- WR Matthew Slater (special teams)
- DT Vince Wilfork (IR)
- LB Jerod Mayo (IR)
Players with New England roots:
Players from New England based colleges and universities:
- RB James Develin – Brown
- TE Matthew Mulligan - Maine
The Patriots have 6 retired numbers:
- 20 – Gino Cappelletti
- 40 – Mike Haynes
- 73 – John Hannah
- 78 – Bruce Armstrong
- 79 – Jim Lee Hunt
- 89 – Bob Dee
Dolphins Team Notes
The Dolphins all-time record is 410-312-4 and they are 20-20 in the playoffs with their last playoff appearance coming in 2008. That season the Dolphins lost at home to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card Game.
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.
Miami is 31-44 vs. the AFC East in the regular season since 2001.
Dolphins are 3-3 and are 1.5 games behind the Patriots in the AFC East.
Miami has lost 10 of the last 13 meetings with New England.
The Dolphins have swept the Patriots 13 times in the series the last time was in 2000.
Miami’s longest win streak against New England is 9 games from 1989 to 1993.
The Dolphins are 2-9 vs. the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Overall as the road team in the series they are 17-30 and that includes 0-1 in the playoffs.
Against New England they were 19-13 at Foxboro Stadium and 2-2 at Fenway Park.
Dolphins are one of three AFC East teams to have allowed more points than they have scored.
Miami is 13 for 18 (72.2%) on red zone touchdowns in 2013.
Dolphins are 3 for 3 in coach’s challenges this season.
They have not won via a shutout since they beat Seattle 23-0 in September 2000.
Miami is MINUS 1 in turnover differential tied for 17th in the NFL. They have 7 INT’s and have recovered 3 fumbles while they have thrown 7 INT’s and lost 4 fumbles.
The Dolphins are 17th in points scored averaging 22.5 points per game and are 20th in fewest points allowed with 23.3 points per game.
Dolphins Staff Notes
Read what Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin had to say to the New England media about the match up.
He is the 10th head coach in Dolphins team history.
Miami head coach Joe Philbin is in his 2nd season as an NFL head coach and he has a 10-12 record since taking over.
He is 0-2 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.
Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman is a native of Norwood MA and attended Central Connecticut State in New Britain CT. Sherman also spent four years as the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester from 1985-88.
Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle graduated from the University of Massachusetts and spent nine years at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator.
Wide Receivers Coach Ken O’Keefe is from Milford CT and previously coached at the University of New Haven.
Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Phil McGeoghan is from Springfield MA and played his college ball and coached at the University of Maine.
Offensive Line Coach Jim Turner is from Boston MA and previously coached at Harvard University.
Dolphins Possible Starters
- LT: J. Martin
- LG: Incognito
- C: Mi. Pouncey
- RG: Jerry
- RT: Clabo
- TE: Sims
- WR: Wallace
- WR: Hartline
- WR: Egnew
- QB: Tannehill
- RB: Dan. Thomas
- DE: Wake
- DT: Starks
- DT: Solai
- DE: Vernon
- LB: Wheeler
- LB: Trusnick
- LB: Misi
- LCB: Grimes
- RCB: Carroll
- S: Clemons
- S: R. Jones
Dolphins Players Notes
Ryan Tannehill notes:
- Dolphins starting QB was their first round pick out of Texas A&M in the 2012 NFL Draft.
- Tannehill has a 10-12 record and is in his 2nd NFL season.
- Has thrown 9 TD’s and 7 INT’s and has been sacked 26 times this season.
- His wife, Lauren, is H-O-T, hot.
- Was first Dolphins rookie QB to start all 16 games in the regular season in 2012.
- His 307 passing yards vs. Baltimore in Week 5 was the 3rd highest total in his career.
Will Yeatman notes:
- Signed as an UFA by Patriots in 2011 and was cut after the preseason.
Mike Wallace notes:
- Signed with Miami after four seasons in Pittsburgh.
- Has 5th highest yards per catch average in NFL over the last 5 seasons.
- Has 12 career games with at least 7 catches.
Brian Hartline notes:
- Leads the Dolphins with 31 catches for 401 yards. Has also added 2 TD’s.
- Has made four starts in 2013.
- Had a season high 9 catches for 114 yards against Cleveland Week 1.
- Led the team in catches and reception yards in 2012.
Cameron Wake notes:
- Has 45.5 career sacks most by an undrafted player in Dolphins history and 12th most in NFL history.
- Has 10 multi-sack games in his career and 1 this season.
- Has the 7th most sacks in Miami history.
- 30.5 of his career sacks have occurred on the road
Caleb Sturgis notes:
- Leads team in scoring and is perfect on extra points and 11 for 12 on field goal attempts.
- Made his first 10 NFL field goals before his only miss
- Was a fifth round pick in 2013 draft out of University of Florida
- Week 1 Pepsi Next Rookie of the Week
Lamar Miller notes:
- Leads team in rushing with 254 yards on 59 carries and has 2 TD’s
- His season long run is for 49-yards
Oliver Vernon notes:
- Leads team in sacks with 3.5
Dimitri Patterson notes:
- Leads team in INT’s with 2
- Both INT’s came in Week 1 vs. Cleveland
Phillip Wheeler notes:
- Leads team in tackles with 43 (34 solo)
- Had 10 solo tackles Week 5 vs. Baltimore
Miami has no players from New England or that attended New England based colleges or universities.
Dolphins do not name team captains. They are appointed on a weekly basis prior to the game but they do have a Leadership Council that is made up of Ryan Tannehill, Cameron Wake, Richie Incognito, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Soliai, and Mike Pouncey.
Miami has 3 retired numbers:
- 12 – Bob Greise
- 13 – Dan Marino
- 39 – Larry Csonka
Up next: Pittsburgh Steelers
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA
Date/Time: Sunday November 3 4:25 p.m.
TV Network: CBS
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