|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||2-1||3-0||48.3||27.7||422.7||(6.5)||0.3||24.7||12.3||444.7||(6.4)||4.0|
|Offense (All Games)||37.0||19.5||28.1||30:42||34-144||(4.3)||25-39||64.9%||292||(7.6)||72-436||(6)||(11.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.2||12.3||20.9||31:01||29-127||(4.4)||21-34||60.7%||225||(6.6)||63-352||(5.6)||(14.5)|
|Offense Road Games||38.8||21.3||28.5||30:53||34-146||(4.3)||25-39||65.1%||319||(8.2)||72-465||(6.4)||(12)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.2||9.8||22.6||29:59||26-101||(3.9)||25-38||65.1%||290||(7.6)||64-391||(6.1)||(17.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.5||10.6||19.3||30:48||27-114||(4.2)||21-34||60.0%||223||(6.5)||61-337||(5.5)||(15.7)|
|Defense Road Games||20.3||8.5||20.3||29:07||24-92||(3.7)||24-36||66.7%||296||(8.2)||60-387||(6.4)||(19)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.3||0.5||0.7||2.2||14-8||53.2%||0-0||33.3%||3-59||(21.5)||2-31||(13.8)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.7||13-6||40.9%||1-0||55.4%||2-59||(23.8)||25-2||(10.6)||6-53|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.3||0.5||0.8||2.2||14-7||51.8%||0-0||50.0%||2-32||(17.4)||3-28||(10.5)||6-45|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.3||1.6||2.9|| ||12-6||44.9%||1-1||42.9%||4-80||(20.5)||1-7||(7.4)||7-57|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.8||1.8|| ||13-5||38.1%||1-1||56.2%||3-69||(25.3)||24-2||(11.1)||7-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.5||1.5||3.0|| ||11-4||39.1%||2-1||36.4%||4-86||(21.5)||1-8||(8.2)||7-59|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-2.5||1-2||1-2||13.7||5.7||291.3||(5.5)||2.7||25.7||16.7||295.3||(5.2)||0.0|
|Offense (All Games)||19.2||9.5||17.8||28:52||28-108||(3.9)||19-32||58.9%||214||(6.7)||60-321||(5.4)||(16.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.7||11.9||20.2||30:20||28-124||(4.4)||21-34||61.2%||226||(6.7)||62-350||(5.7)||(14.2)|
|Offense Home Games||19.8||7.4||19.0||29:56||29-142||(4.8)||19-32||60.0%||201||(6.3)||61-343||(5.6)||(17.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.5||10.2||19.7||32:32||26-96||(3.7)||23-39||58.1%||262||(6.7)||65-358||(5.5)||(17.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.4||11.1||19.3||31:34||28-114||(4.1)||21-35||59.9%||225||(6.5)||62-339||(5.5)||(15.9)|
|Defense Home Games||21.6||10.0||18.8||31:51||28-109||(4)||20-36||55.8%||261||(7.2)||64-370||(5.8)||(17.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.8||1.9||-0.9||13-5||36.4%||1-0||37.5%||2-71||(29)||2-26||(12)||5-47|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.6||1.5||1.8||13-5||40.3%||1-0||51.2%||3-68||(24.7)||25-2||(10.8)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.0||0.4||1.4||-0.6||14-6||41.4%||0-0||100.0%||2-47||(26.2)||2-24||(10.9)||6-42|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.3||1.0|| ||15-5||34.5%||1-1||90.0%||3-64||(25.1)||3-36||(11.6)||7-66|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||14-5||37.0%||1-1||56.5%||3-67||(24.2)||23-2||(10.3)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.6||0.2||0.8|| ||15-5||34.2%||1-1||100.0%||2-58||(26.4)||4-42||(10.5)||8-68|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ENGLAND 17.8, MIAMI 17.1|
|11/22/2012||@ NY JETS||49-19||W||-7||W||48.5||O||39-152||18-28-323||1||29-119||26-36-286||5|
|12/2/2012||@ MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/10/2012||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/28/2012||@ NY JETS||30-9||W||1||W||39||P||33-97||13-24-139||1||21-105||28-54-258||2|
|12/2/2012||NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NEW ENGLAND: Josh McDaniels returns to the role of offensive coordinator'he called plays for New England in 2007, a record-setting year for Tom Brady and the offense. But while he was gone the Patriots got more comfortable running the ball. Last year they ended up being middle of the pack in terms of run/pass split (41/59 vs. NFL average of 43/57). There will be plenty of work for the backs. The Patriots run a wide range of blocking schemes, but McDaniels strongly prefers a power scheme. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are expected to split duties as the primary ball carriers, and Danny Woodhead and Joseph Addai will likely get spot duty on third downs. The Patriots use spread principles. Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez are utilized frequently out of the slot underneath, while Rob Gronkowski is used as a field stretcher working up the seam. The return of McDaniels and addition of Brandon Lloyd means more deep shots. Lloyd is familiar with the playbook from his days under McDaniels in Denver and was very impressive during off-season workouts. Deion Branch and Jabar Gaffney will primarily stay outside for spacing. The backs have been marginalized in the passing game with the emergence of Hernandez, but Woodhead is typically targeted a couple of times every week. While Gronkowski is frequently Brady's first option from about 10 yards out, they tend to use play-action and utilize Hernandez once they're closer to the goal line. The Patriots allow gobs of yardage, especially through the air, but they will also force a lot of turnovers and don't allow as many points as you'd expect of a defense that surrenders so many yards. DT Vince Wilfork is a monster in the middle, and the team is expected to have a better pass rush in 2012 with the expected contributions from rookies Chandler Jones and Donta' Hightower. Jerod Mayo was limited by a knee injury through most of 2011. As a three-down player who excels at stopping the run, there's no reason he can't top 100 solo tackles, even playing the weak side when New England uses a 4-3 look. Brandon Spikes was also slowed by a knee injury during most of 2011, but bounced back for an impressive 26 total tackles in three post-season games. Patrick Chung was en route to a career year statistically before a foot injury derailed him. He's at his best in the box, but is instinctive enough in pass coverage to make up for some of New England's deficiencies on the corners. If Mayo, Spikes and Chung can all remain healthy in 2012, the Patriots defense has a chance to be vastly improved. |
|MIAMI: The Dolphins will have a different look under new head coach Joe Philbin, as his West Coast offense figures to emphasize short catch-and-run plays rather than the between-the-tackles running to set up the pass that Miami has used in recent years. The running game itself will undergo a big change as they transition to a zone-blocking scheme. Reggie Bush has some experience in it, as the Saints sprinkled in zone plays during his time there. Daniel Thomas gets a fresh slate and has the tools (especially pass protection and receiving) to thrive in the new system. Neither Bush nor Thomas is a true short-yardage back, though Bush figures to get the first crack at the role. With the West Coast roots of Philbin and new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, expect this year's attack to be much more catch-and-run, which suits rookie QB Ryan Tannehill even if veteran Matt Moore holds him off early. Brandon Marshall is gone and slot man Davone Bess figures to be a major beneficiary stat-wise. The backs and TE Anthony Fasano will play a bigger role in the receiving game as well, with Fasano serving as a target near the goal line on play-action. Brian Hartline and Chad Ochocinco figure to be targeted rarely. Fullback/H-back Charles Clay is a part-time player but should be in for an increase in reps and targets. He could end up surpassing Fasano in receiving numbers. Miami excelled in stopping the run in 2011, and wound up placing third in the NFL with 95.6 rushing YPG allowed. Although the defense did not markedly improve in its offense-focused draft, the Dolphins signed CB Richard Marshall and should remain capable of stopping opposing offenses that don't possess the passing game of a team like New England. Miami is switching to a 4-3 and Karlos Dansby will be the key to maintaining the team's performance against the run as its middle linebacker. Dansby's best years, however, came playing in a 3-4, making the move a bit of a risk. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (NEW ENGLAND-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Patriots-Dolphins Preview* ===========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
The New England Patriots routinely dominate the AFC East, and this season is proving to be no different.
After their latest division victory turned into a laugher, the Patriots look to clinch their ninth East title in 10 seasons by beating the Miami Dolphins for a fifth consecutive time Sunday.
New England (8-3) is 28-6 in divisional play over the past six seasons, winning eight in a row since a loss at Buffalo in Week 3 of 2011.
The most lopsided victory in that recent stretch came on Thanksgiving with a 49-19 road rout of the New York Jets. The Patriots broke the game open by tying a franchise record with 35 points in the second quarter, including three touchdowns in a span of 52 seconds en route to their fifth win in a row.
Making it six straight would mean a fourth straight division title.
"That's huge," special teams captain Matthew Slater said. "We're really thankful as a team to be where we are right now, to have a chance to be in position to play for something else. But we realize that eight wins doesn't get us anything. That'll get us a ticket home at the end of the season."
That's not likely since with the Patriots have the NFL's best offense, averaging 435.8 yards and 37.0 points. They also play three of their remaining five games against teams with losing records - two against the Dolphins and another against Jacksonville.
New England has been practically unstoppable during its winning streak, averaging 43.8 points with six of its staggering 28 touchdowns coming via the defense and special teams.
Tom Brady has been superb in that stretch, completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 1,454 yards with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions while compiling a 116.3 passer rating. He tossed three of those TDs last week, adding another on a 1-yard plunge.
"I think we've done some things well in the last couple of games," coach Bill Belichick said. "I don't think that really has any bearing on this game; different team, different matchups, different schemes. It's all different."
One area that's mattered all season is turnovers. The Patriots' offense has turned the ball over a league-low eight times, while the 32 created by the defense ranks only behind Chicago's 33. New England has forced 16 turnovers while giving it away twice during its winning streak.
"It's important to an offensive football team not turning the ball over," Brady said. "Whether that's myself throwing it or whether the back's carrying it or the receiver's carrying it. I think it all goes together. It's the whole offensive system. Every time we talk about what we want to do each week, it starts with 'no turnovers.'"
That's been the case during the Patriots' four-game winning streak against the Dolphins (5-6), as they're plus-7 in the turnover department. Brady has keyed that run by connecting on 65.7 percent of his passes for 1,173 yards with eight TDs and one INT.
The Dolphins are trying to return to .500 by building on last weekend's 24-21 win over Seattle. Rookie Ryan Tannehill brought Miami back in the fourth quarter by throwing a touchdown to Charles Clay with 5:13 left before Dan Carpenter hit a 43-yard field goal as time expired.
Despite the dramatics, Tannehill has two touchdowns compared to six interceptions over the past three games. He's aware those mistakes will need to stop if Miami is to compete with New England.
"They're an opportunistic defense," Tannehill said. "The focus this week - as it is every week - is to not have turnovers. In order for us to win that battle, we can't turn it over."
Tannehill should be helped by a rejuvenated running game that totaled 189 yards last week as Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas reached the end zone. Miami hadn't managed a 100-yard game since gaining 185 in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Jets in Week 3.
The Dolphins are also trying to continue improving their run defense, which held the Seahawks to 96 yards after surrendering an average of 132.2 yards over the previous five games.
"It's important for us to be a good running football team, and a good defend-the-run team," coach Joe Philbin said.
Miami may find some success running the ball this week since the Patriots' Jermaine Cunningham will serve the first of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
While New England has the division title in its sights, the Dolphins are only a game behind Pittsburgh and Cincinnati for the AFC's final playoff berth.
"Every game is a playoff game from now on out," Miami linebacker Kevin Burnett said. "Now is the time."
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 2:32:07 AM EST|