New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins [PREVIEW]
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins — 1:00 P.M.
Sun Life Stadium, Miami (grass, outdoors)
Forecast: High 70s
Spread: New England by 8.5
Past results: Two most recent meetings — Dec. 24, 2011: Patriots 27, Dolphins 24;
Sept. 12, 2011: Patriots 38, Dolphins 24. Series record: Dolphins lead 50-43.
2012 records — New England (8-3, AFC East: 4-0); Dolphins (5-6, AFC East: 1-2)
New England has won five games in a row, averaging 43.8 points per game during the winning streak. They can win the AFC East title with a victory on Sunday. The Dolphins defense allows just 20.5 points per game, ranking 10th in the NFL. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill must take care of the football for Miami. The Patriots have forced 32 turnovers in 11 games this season.
Miami is not Tom Brady’s favorite place to play. He has lost five games on the road against the Fins and twice was held under 100 passing yards.
TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) and Chandler Jones (ankle) are both expected to miss the game. G Logan Mankins (calf/ankle) hasn’t practiced this week and will likely not play. WR Julian Edelman (concussion) is expected to suit up.