AFC EAST SHOWDOWN

The Dolphins are off to a 2-0 start in division games and they face another big one Sunday at Pro Player Stadium. A victory over New England would give them command of the AFC East.

The most encouraging stat of all if you're a Dolphins fan is New England's 0-13 record in Miami in the months of September and October.

The Patriots also haven't won at PPS since 1997, and have been manhandled in recent years.

What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Patriots matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (4-1) vs. New England Patriots (4-2)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.

TV: CBS (Dick Enberg, play-by-play; Dan Dierdorf, analysis; Bonnie Bernstein, sidelines)

LINE: Dolphins by 5 1/2

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 20th in the NFL in total offense, 8th in rushing offense, 28th in passing offense, 16th in total defense, 2th in rushing defense, 30th in passing defense

Patriots — 21st in the NFL in total offense, 14th in rushing offense, 26th in passing offense, 22nd in total defense, 7th in rushing defense, 25th in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Patriots, Bill Belichick (4th year with team)

SERIES RECORD: The Dolphins lead 45-30

LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2002 at New England, Patriots 27, Dolphins 24 (OT); 2002 at Miami, Dolphins 26, Patriots 13; 2001 at New England, Patriots 20, Dolphins 13; 2001 at Miami, Dolphins 30, Patriots 10; 2000 at New England, Dolphins 27, Patriots 24

INJURIES: Dolphins — T Mark Dixon (ankle) and FB Rob Konrad (knee) are doubtful; DT Tim Bowens (hand) and LB Junior Seau (hamstring) are questionable; QB Jay Fiedler (calf), S Trent Gamble (quad), S Brock Marion (ankle), DE Adewale Ogunleye (hip), DE Jason Taylor (quad), LB Zach Thomas (foot) and S Shawn Wooden (ankle) are probable.

Patriots — LB Ted Johnson (foot) and DT Ted Washington (leg) are out; RB Larry Centers (knee), T Adrian Klemm (ankle) and LB Mike Vrabel (arm) are doubtful; WR Deion Branch (ankle), S Je'Rod Cherry (knee), TE Daniel Graham (shoulder), CB Ty Law (ankle), LB Willie McGinest (neck), WR David Patten (knee) and RB Antowain Smith (shoulder) are questionable; QB Tom Brady (arm) is probable).


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