PREVIEW: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS
September 3, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
PATRIOTS: Have 10+ wins in 11 consecutive seasons, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history (1983-98 49ers, 16)…Head coach BILL BELICHICK (199) needs 1 win to become 6th coach in NFL history with 200 regular-season wins…QB TOM BRADY has 11 division titles, most by starting QB in NFL history. Brady’s 148 regular-season wins are tied for 3rd-most all-time by starting QB. For career, Brady is 17-7 vs. Dolphins & has 42 TDs vs. 20 INTs & 89.8 rating. Brady (49,149) needs 177 pass yards to surpass HOFer WARREN MOON (49,325) for 6th all-time…Since 2012, RB STEVAN RIDLEY ranks 1st in AFC with 19 rush TDs. Averages 4.5 yards/att. (2,477 yards, 555 att.), highest avg. in club history (min. 500 att.). Has 4 rush TDs in past 4 vs. Mia…In 2013, JULIAN EDELMAN led NE in rec. (105) & rec. yards (1,056), both career-highs. Joined WES WELKER & TROY BROWN as only players in club history with 100 catches in season. In last meeting, had career-high 139 yards & 13 catches with TD. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has TD catch in 4 of past 5…S DEVIN MC COURTY has 2 career INTs vs. Mia. In past 4 vs. Dolphins, CB DARRELLE REVIS has 3 INTs, including 100-yard TD, FF & FR…
DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL had career-highs in pass yards (3,913) & TDs (24) in 2013. Has passed for 7,207 career yards, 5th-most in 1st 2 seasons in NFL history. Only Dolphins QB to pass for 3,000+ yards in each of 1st 2 career seasons. In last meeting, passed for 312 yards with 3 TDs & 0 INTs for 120.6 rating…In past 2 vs. NE, RB LAMAR MILLER has 173 scrim. yards (150 rush, 23 rec.)…In 4 career games vs. NE, WR MIKE WALLACE has 352 rec. yards (88/game) & 3 TDs. Had 105 yards & 39-yard TD catch in last meeting. WR BRIAN HARTLINE has posted 1,000+ rec. yards in back-to-back seasons & can become 1st Dolphin to do so in 3 consecutive years. Hartline (3,769) needs 231 rec. yards to become 7th player in club history to reach 4,000 career. Aims for 7th in row with 4+ catches vs. NE…DE CAMERON WAKE ranks 4th in club history with 51.5 sacks & needs 5.5 to surpass TRACE ARMSTRONG (56.5) for 3rd in team annals. Has 4.5 sacks in past 6 vs. NE. LB OLIVIER VERNON led team with 11.5 sacks in 2013. Has 5 sacks in past 6 vs. AFC East…S MICHAEL THOMAS had 1st career INT in last meeting.