TV: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
SERIES: 81st regular-season meeting. Dolphins lead, 47-33. Miami has been a house of horrors for the Patriots over the years. New England is 10-32 all-time in the Sunshine State. Tom Brady is 2-4 in Miami, making it one of the few places where he has a losing record. Last year's embarrassing loss was one of the worst defeats for New England in the Bill Belichick era. The Dolphins defense sacked Brady four times and held him to just 78 yards passing in Miami's dominating 21-0 victory. Despite their poor performance, the Patriots wouldn't loss again until the AFC Championship Game.
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Dolphins have had a top 10 defense eight of the past nine seasons, but this year's 23rd-ranked unit has little hope of holding up against the loaded Patriots. New England hopes RB Laurence Maroney is healthy enough to attack a defense allowing 168.5 yards per game on the ground. Even without injured TE Ben Watson, Brady would have more than enough weapons to exploit the Dolphins secondary, which got even younger following the release of SS Donovin Darius and has been in flux all season. ... Retooling, rebuilding ... whatever the Dolphins are doing, they've dumped a lot of pressure on RB Ronnie Brown, who will face even more eight-man fronts following the trade of WR Chris Chambers. Brown leads the NFL in first downs, yards from scrimmage (882) and receptions by a running back (34). But he better hope speedy rookie WR Ted Ginn, Jr. can step into the lineup and force defenses to respect his ability to stretch the field.
Patriots: RB Sammy Morris (chest) is out, while Maroney (groin) should play; Watson (ankle) is uncertain.
FAST FACTS: Brady is on pace to throw 56 touchdowns passes, which would shatter Peyton Manning's single-season record of 49 set in 2004. ... Dolphins DE Jason Taylor has 8.5 career sacks of Brady, his most against any quarterback.