Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Dolphins

Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Dolphins
October 27, 2013, 10:00 am
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GAME TIME: 1 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Dolphins lead, 50-45

LAST MEETING: Patriots 28, Dolphins 0 on Dec. 30, 2012 at Gillette Stadium

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-- Tom Brady is 10-1 against the Dolphins in home games in his career. His only loss was in the 2005 regular-season finale, when he only played in the first quarter because New England had already clinched the AFC East title.

-- The Patriots are 21-1 in October home games since 2003. Their only loss was to a 41-17 defeat at the hands of the Chargers on Oct. 2, 2005.

-- A victory Sunday would be the Patriots' seventh straight against Miami and give the Pats their longest-ever regular-season winning streak against Miami.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- Tom Brady, with 342 career touchdown passes, needs one more to break a tie for fourth place all-time with Fran Tarkenton.

-- Stephen Gostkowski has eight field goals of 40 or more yards in 2013, including a 53-yarder and a career long 54-yarder. He needs four more to set the Patriots record for most 40-yard field goal in a single season. Adam Vinatieri had 11 in both 1998 and 2004, and Gostkowski had 11 in 2012.

-- Rob Gronkowski has 38 touchdown receptions from Tom Brady and needs one more to tie Randy Moss at 39 for the most touchdown receptions from Brady.

-- Gronkowski has 38 touchdown receptions in 44 career games and has an opportunity to become the fastest to 40 touchdown receptions in NFL history. Antonio Gates has the current record, reaching 40 touchdown receptions in 71 games.

-- The Patriots have forced a turnover in 34 straight games dating back to 2011, and including all 16 regular-season games of 2012. The NFL record for most consecutive games with a turnover since the merger in 1970 is 71 by Philadelphia from 1985-90.