Setting the scene: Patriots host Dolphins at Gillette
|10.27.13 at 10:54 am ET|
FOXBORO — It will be seasonably cool and brisk when the Patriots take on the Dolphins in a key AFC East matchup at Gillette Stadium. Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 50s are expected, with a westerly breeze out of the west at 15 MPH.
Like the Jets last week, the Patriots enter the game with Miami with a significant winning streak, having beaten the Dolphins six straight times dating to Miami’s last win, 22-21, on Dec. 6, 2009. A win would give the Patriots their longest-ever winning streak over Miami. They also won six straight between 1986 and 1988.
The Patriots have swept the Dolphins in each of the last three seasons.
The Patriots also have another significant winning streak, having won their last 13 home games against AFC East foes. The last home loss to an AFC East rival came in Jan. 2011 when the Jets beat the Patriots, 28-21, in the AFC divisional playoffs. The Dolphins haven’t won in Foxboro since the infamous “Wildcat” game of 2008 when Miami ran roughshod over the Patriots, 38-13.
The Patriots are an NFL-best 36-9 in October since 2003 and are nearly unbeatable at home in the month, going 21-1 in that span. The only loss was a 41-17 San Diego win on Oct. 2, 2005.
One week after getting Rob Gronkowski back, the Patriots could get another passing weapon back today as Danny Amendola said he was “healthy and ready to play” on Friday. Amendola got drilled in the second half of Saints game and suffered a concussion. He missed last Sunday’s loss at MetLife Stadium. Amendola came out for warmups in game pants two hours before the game, chatted up a member of the Dolphins in the south end zone and appeared ready to play.
Aqib Talib is expected to miss his second straight game after injuring his hip against the Saints.
Much has been made of the inconsistencies of Tom Brady this season but he has a chance to get back on track against a team he’s had a good amount of success against in his career, especially in Foxboro. Brady has never lost to Miami at home in a game in which he played all four quarters. He is 10-1 overall against Miami in Foxboro, with the only loss coming on Jan. 1, 2006 when he played just the first quarter and Miami prevailed, 28-26. Brady did not play the Dolphins at home in 2008 due to his ACL injury.
The Dolphins still lead the all-time series 50-45 but New England has won six straight, 9-of-10 and are 16-6 against Miami under Brady.
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