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MIAMI (3 - 3) at NEW ENGLAND (5 - 2)
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Week 8 Sunday, 10/27/2013 1:00 PM
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220NEW ENGLAND-4.5-5.5
MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-3-1.53-34-122.511.7312.7(5.5)1.823.313.5372.2(5.6)1.7
Road Games2-1+1.22-12-121.311.0334.7(5.7)2.022.715.0401.3(6.1)1.7
Last 3 Games0-3-4.70-32-020.312.3306.0(5.5)2.329.014.7372.3(5.7)1.3
Division Games0-1-2.20-10-021.014.0293.0(4.7)
MIAMI - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)22.511.717.227:2820-78(3.9)22-3660.7%235(6.4)56-313(5.5)(13.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.810.819.430:0627-110(4.1)21-3659.7%239(6.6)63-350(5.6)(16)
Offense Road Games21.311.019.329:2823-79(3.4)23-3664.5%256(7.2)59-335(5.7)(15.7)
Defense (All Games)23.313.520.832:3227-103(3.8)24-3960.8%269(6.8)67-372(5.6)(15.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.712.519.730:0626-97(3.8)23-3861.5%251(6.6)64-349(5.5)(14.7)
Defense Road Games22.715.022.030:3221-83(3.9)27-4560.0%319(7.1)66-401(6.1)(17.7)
MIAMI - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.61.914-639.0%1-044.4%2-47(23.6)22-2(8.8)7-58
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-638.6%1-040.0%2-57(26.5)3-26(9.9)6-48
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.51.3 14-638.8%1-038.4%2-44(24.5)24-2(10.3)6-53
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-533.3%2-140.0%2-56(23.9)2-30(13)6-38

NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-2+2.53-43-421.714.0341.1(5)
Home Games3-0+32-11-222.015.7322.0(4.6)0.713.34.3334.0(5.2)2.3
Last 3 Games1-2-1.81-22-121.013.7306.3(4.6)1.323.36.7361.7(5.1)1.7
Turf Games4-2+1.22-42-420.314.7323.3(4.6)1.317.36.7335.3(5)2.0
Division Games2-1+0.50-31-221.017.0319.3(4.4)1.320.39.0329.0(4.6)2.3
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)21.714.019.929:4828-116(4.1)23-4155.4%225(5.5)69-341(5)(15.7)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.511.918.930:3825-98(3.9)22-3760.0%240(6.4)63-338(5.4)(15)
Offense Home Games22.015.718.730:1731-117(3.8)23-3958.5%205(5.2)70-322(4.6)(14.6)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.311.519.631:0728-106(3.8)22-3661.6%245(6.8)64-351(5.5)(16.5)
Defense Home Games13.34.317.729:4327-119(4.5)17-3745.5%215(5.8)64-334(5.2)(25)
NEW ENGLAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 16-639.4%1-014.3%1-21(21)2-15(8.2)7-58
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.8 14-639.2%1-033.0%2-36(21.7)19-2(8.4)7-62
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-534.8%1-00.0%1-18(17.7)2-13(6.5)6-57
Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 22.5,  NEW ENGLAND 19
MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ CLEVELAND23-10W2.5W40.5U23-2024-38-255113-4726-53-2443
9/15/2013@ INDIANAPOLIS24-20W1.5W43.5O27-10123-34-297126-13325-43-3151
9/30/2013@ NEW ORLEANS17-38L6.5L48.5O19-11522-35-216424-6830-39-3971
10/27/2013@ NEW ENGLAND            
11/11/2013@ TAMPA BAY            
11/17/2013SAN DIEGO            

NEW ENGLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ BUFFALO23-21W-10L51U35-15829-52-273334-13618-27-1502
9/12/2013NY JETS13-10W-10.5L43.5U24-5419-39-178032-12915-35-1894
9/22/2013TAMPA BAY23-3W-7W44.5U33-15625-36-202122-9719-41-2261
9/29/2013@ ATLANTA30-23W3W49.5O31-13220-31-316015-5834-54-3991
10/6/2013@ CINCINNATI6-13L-2L45.5U18-8218-38-166239-16220-27-1792
10/13/2013NEW ORLEANS30-27W-2.5W51O35-14125-43-235126-13117-36-2302
10/20/2013@ NY JETS27-30L-3L43O20-9022-46-205152-17717-33-2061
11/18/2013@ CAROLINA            
MIAMI: More than last season, this year's Miami offense figures to more closely resemble the one head coach Joe Philbin was a part of in Green Bay. Expect a lot more running out of spread looks, as the Dolphins have the personnel to line up three- and four-wide and let speedy slasher Lamar Miller stick his foot in the ground and get upfield. Miller is set to get a true No. 1 workload behind a zone-blocking line. Daniel Thomas is the No. 2 but spends a lot of time in the doghouse. The Dolphins are largely a West Coast offense, but they'll be able to stretch the field more this season. Both Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are capable of big plays downfield, and Wallace will be used often as a catch-and-run threat as well. TE Dustin Keller will play a lot of reps and should be their primary target in the middle of the field. Brandon Gibson figures to return to strictly slot duties, as his skill set is similar to that of the departed Davone Bess. The Dolphins use their backs as receivers often, and both Miller and Thomas are capable receivers. The Dolphins figure to remain relatively run-heavy in the red zone, especially after losing top red zone target Anthony Fasano. The Dolphins finished seventh in scoring defense despite not forcing a turnover in seven of their final nine games. They moved up to draft DE Dion Jordan to line up opposite star DE Cameron Wake (15 sacks), and are banking on both CBs Brent Grimes (Achilles) and Richard Marshall (back) to be injury-free. Miami released ILBs Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett, and spent big on MLB Dannell Ellerbe (92 tackles, 69 solos with Ravens), giving him to a 5-year, $35M deal, and then grabbed SLB Philip Wheeler (109 tackles, 78 solos with Raiders) and inked him to $26M over five years.
NEW ENGLAND: New England is consistently middle-of-the-pack in run/pass ratio, and that should hold this year. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' running game is a power scheme heavy on man blocking, and No. 1 back Stevan Ridley is a nice fit. However, Ridley's fumble-itis is an issue. Shane Vereen will get a lot of reps and is a better weapon in the passing game. The additions of Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins and re-signing of Julian Edelman, three solid blocking receivers, suggest they might test the perimeter more often. They also find work for a third back, either LeGarrette Blount or Brandon Bolden. The Patriots' passing game has become more and more spread. The tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, remain the focal points of the passing game when they're on the field, but both were doubtful for Week 1 when we went to press. Hernandez (legal trouble) is a moveable chess piece while Gronkowski (forearm injury) plays in-line and is often called upon to protect. Danny Amendola steps into the Wes Welker role and figures to lead the team in targets as long as he remains healthy. He'll likely slide outside when they play three wide. Rookie Aaron Dobson has a chance to see a lot of snaps on the outside. The Pats had more goal-to-go snaps than any NFL team last year, and skewed run-heavy with them. The Patriots finished T-9th in scoring defense in 2012, and led the NFL with 32 forced and 21 recovered fumbles, thanks to a stellar corps of linebackers anchored by LBs Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower. A healthy DE Chandler Jones has Pro Bowl potential, and DT Vince Wilfork is still a monster. The secondary hasn't been good for a long time, but the addition of S Adrian Wilson and the healthy return of CB Aqib Talib will certainly help.
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*Dolphins-Patriots Preview* ===========================


The New England Patriots last lost two straight AFC East games in 2006 - to the New York Jets followed by the Miami Dolphins four weeks later.

They'll try to stay atop the division and avoid a second straight loss within it Sunday at home against the Dolphins - a week after their 30-27 loss to the Jets.

Despite the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski, the offense continued to struggle moving the ball. The injury-hampered defense allowed a season-high 30 points to a Jets offense that had scored 30 once in its last 16 games.

The Patriots (5-2) were held under 300 yards for the second time in three games and the third time this year. They were 1 for 12 on third down.

Quarterback Tom Brady went 22 of 46 for 228 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He has one touchdown pass in his last three games and has already set a career high with three games in one season with a completion percentage under 50 percent. He had zero such games the last three seasons.

Gronkowski, who caught eight passes for 114 yards in his season debut, is already fifth on the team in receiving yards and first among tight ends. He was targeted 17 times, which was second in the league for the week behind Vincent Jackson's 22.

"You always get the jitters the first game back and everything. It's just football now, Gronkowski said. "This is my fourth year. I've got to just go out there and do what I've got to do, listen to the coaches, listen to the players and just practice to the best of my ability so I can be ready for Sunday, and keep a rhythm going every single week."

Brady said having other options is still a priority.

"You've got to be able to spread it around, there's no question about that," Brady said. "It just happens to be if a guy is a particular read on a play and he is open, you let it rip, whoever it is.

"Gronk, when he is on the field, he is obviously a part of the reads. Whether he is the first read, the second read or the third read."

The defense allowed 30 points for the first time this year while the Jets nearly doubled up the Patriots in time of possession - 46:13 to 23:40 - in the overtime game. Despite allowing 57 points in their last two games, the Patriots still rank fifth in scoring defense, allowing 18.1 points per game.

New York's Chris Ivory ran for 104 yards on 34 carries to become the first player to run for 100 yards against the Patriots in 22 games.

With Vince Wilfork on season-ending IR with a torn right Achilles tendon and fellow defensive tackle Tommy Kelly having missed the last two games with a knee injury, the Patriots re-signed Andre Carter, who made the Pro Bowl with the team in 2011. He was released by Oakland on Aug. 31.

"He's a hard-working guy that's given us great leadership in the past and is a good teammate," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

New England is also without linebacker Jerod Mayo - the team's leading tackler - for the rest of the season while top cornerback Aqib Talib sat out Sunday with a hip injury.

After a 3-0 start, the Dolphins (3-3) have lost three straight, including Sunday's 23-21 defeat to Buffalo.

"We're in a tough spot right now," said quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is listed as probable despite being hampered by a sore right shoulder. "We have to face the adversity and grow from it. There are two ways we can go. We can tank it, or we can turn it around."

Tannehill was sacked a season-low two times Sunday against Buffalo, but he's been dropped a league-high 26 times this year. He's fourth in the league with 11 turnovers after throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble against the Bills.

"The decision-making has to improve," coach Joe Philbin said. "And our protection at times has to improve."

The Dolphins made a deal with Baltimore Monday for veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie to help with pass protection, though it's uncertain when McKinnie will be available. He lost his starting job in Baltimore two weeks ago.

The Dolphins have lost six in a row against the Patriots and four straight at New England. They last won at New England on Sept. 21, 2008, when the Patriots were without an injured Brady. They've never won in New England with Brady as the Patriots' primary quarterback.

The teams last met in a 28-0 Patriots' home win on Dec. 30, 2012.

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