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New England Patriots-Miami Dolphins preview

MIAMI (7-8) At NEW ENGLAND (11-4)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE – Patriots by 10

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Miami 8-7; New England 8-7

SERIES RECORD – Dolphins lead 50-44

LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Dolphins 23-16, Dec. 2

LAST WEEK – Dolphins beat Bills 24-10; Patriots beat Jaguars 23-16

DOLPHINS OFFENSE – OVERALL (26), RUSH (13), PASS (26)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE – OVERALL (18), RUSH (10), PASS (25)

PATRIOTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (1), RUSH (8), PASS (4)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (27), RUSH (12), PASS (29)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – In first meeting four weeks ago, Patriots clinched AFC East title for fourth straight season by beating Dolphins. … Patriots have won five straight against Dolphins since losing 22-21 in second meeting in 2009. … Dolphins missed playoffs for fourth straight season and 10th in 11 despite winning past two games. … Miami looking to avoid fourth consecutive losing season. … RB Reggie Bush needs 40 yards rushing to reach 1,000 for second time. Also did it last season, his first with Miami since spending five with New Orleans. … Rookie QB Ryan Tannehill has thrown for 12 TDs and 12 interceptions but in last five games has five TD passes and no interceptions. … S Reshad Jones recovered two fumbles and intercepted pass last Sunday. … DE Cameron Wake has career-high 15 sacks. … Patriots enter weekend with chance of being seeded in any of top four AFC spots. … QB Tom Brady needs three TD passes to become first player with at least 35 in four seasons, also tied for second with Johnny Unitas with TD pass in 47 straight games. … Patriots won 20 straight December games at home before losing two weeks ago to San Francisco 49ers, 41-34. … In first start since the sixth game of season, safety Patrick Chung had two interceptions last Sunday. … WR Brandon Lloyd needs 98 yards receiving to reach 1,000 for second time in 10-year career. … DE Rob Ninkovich and DT Vince Wilfork tied for second in NFL with four fumble recoveries.

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