Countdown To Kickoff: Dolphins - Patriots

Breaking down the Dolphins-Patriots matchup.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-6) vs. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-2)

*GAME FACTS *

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DATE: Sunday, Nov. 26
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
TV: CBS
TV ANNOUNCERS:(Ian Eagle, play-by-play; Dan Fouts, color analyst; Evan Washburn, sideline reporter)
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: KISS (99.9 FM); WQAM (560 AM); WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker Jr., Eduardo Martell

*THE SERIES *

SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 53-50 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 36-15
AT NEW ENGLAND: Patriots lead 34-17
AT TAMPA: Patriots lead 1-0
LAST MEETING: 2016 at Miami; Patriots 35, Dolphins 14
HISTORY LESSON: The Dolphins have recorded a couple of division-clinching victories at Foxborough through the years, one in 1992 and another in 2000. The 1992 game came down to an overtime field goal by Pete Stoyanovich and the 2000 game was won on a last-minute field goal by Olindo Mare. SERIES TREND: New England swept the series last season, but the Dolphins have won three of the past seven meetings. The Dolphins are looking to break a nine-game losing streak at Gillette Stadium.

* SCOUTING REPORT *

NEW ENGLAND’S RECORD: 8-2
LAST GAME: Won 33-8 vs. Oakland

OVERVIEW: The beat goes on for the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, who go into the game tied for best record in the AFC with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Tom Brady is having another spectacular season despite having turned 40 in August. Brady has 22 touchdown passes against only two interceptions this season, giving him 50 TD passes against four picks since the start of 2016. New England’s defense is ranked 32nd in the NFL in terms of yardage allowed, but the Patriots haven’t allowed more than 17 points during their current six-game winning streak. New England also has one of the best kickers in the NFL in Stephen Gostkowski, who made a 62-yard field goal last Sunday in Mexico City.

KEY NEW FACES: RB Rex Burkhead (Cincinnati), RB Mike Gillislee (Buffalo), CB Stephon Gilmore (Buffalo), LB David Harris (N.Y. Jets), QB Brian Hoyer (San Francisco), TE Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis), TE Martellus Bennett (Green Bay), WR Brandin Cooks (New Orleans), WR Phillip Dorsett (Indianapolis)
KEY VETERANS GONE: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, QB Jacoby Brissett, RB LeGarrette Blount, CB Logan Ryan, DE Chris Long, LB Rob Ninkovich, LB Jabaal Sheard, WR Julian Edelman (IR), LB Dont’a Hightower (IR), WR Malcolm Mitchell (IR), LB Shea McClellin (IR)

*FINAL INJURY REPORT *

* DOLPHINS*

Out – G Jermon Bushrod (foot), QB Jay Cutler (concussion), DE William Hayes (back)
Questionable – LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps), S Maurice Smith (illness), T Laremy Tunsil (illness)

PATRIOTS

Out – C David Andrews (illness), T Marcus Cannon (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) Doubtful – TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
Questionable – WR Danny Amendola (knee), DT Malcom Brown (ankle), S Patrick Chung (ankle), CB Eric Rowe (groin), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

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