Game at a glance

The Dolphins may sit at 3-5 at the halfway point of the season, but they can find themselves with a share of first place in the AFC East with a victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday. Here's a look at the matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (3-5) vs. New England Patriots (4-4)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Dolphins Stadium, Miami, Fla.


ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, play-by-play; Phil Simms, analysis; Armen Keteyian, sidelines

LINE: New England by 3

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins -- 22nd in total offense, 15th in rushing offense, 24th in passing offense, 16th in total defense, 20th in rushing defense, 14th in passing defense; Patriots -- 9th in total offense, 28th in rushing offense, 2nd in passing offense, 31st in total defense, 27th in rushing defense, 27th in passing defense.

COACHES: Dolphins, Nick Saban (1st season with team); Patriots, Bill Belichick (6th season)

SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 45-31; Miami is 2-1 in playoff meetings

LAST MEETING: 2004 at Miami; Dolphins 29, Patriots 28


PATRIOTS INJURIES: CB Duane Starks (shoulder/thigh) is out/IR; RB Kevin Faulk (foot) and T Matt Light (ankle) are out; T Tom Ashworth (knee), WR Troy Brown (foot), RB Corey Dillon (ankle), WR Tim Dwight (rib), CB Randall Gay (ankle), WR David Givens (knee), TE Daniel Graham (shoulder), DE Jarvis Green (shoulder), DE Marquise Hill (ankle), CB Ellis Hobbs (thigh), FB Patrick Pass (hamstring), S James Sanders (ankle), DE Richard Seymour (knee) and DE Ty Warren (hip) are questionable; QB Tom Brady (shoulder) is probable.

GAME NOTES: Nick Saban and Bill Belichick, as most fans know, were together on the Cleveland Browns coaching staff from 1991 to 1994 when Belichick was the head coach and Saban the defensive coordinator. ... DT Vonnie Holliday will play in his 100th career game on Sunday. ... The Dolphins are 0-5 this season when trailing after the first, second or third quarter. ... Of the past 16 meetings between the teams, 11 were decided by seven points or less. ... DE Jason Taylor has a sack in each of the Dolphins' last four home games against New England. ... Since Belichick took over in New England in 2000, only one rookie has rushed for more than 100 yards against the Patriots, Denver's Clinton Portis in 2002.

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