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Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts Weather: 53°, Partly Cloudy Attendance: 68,756
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
- At home against Buffalo in Week 7, the Dolphins suffered their third straight defeat, 23-21. Miami rallied from a 14-0, first-quarter deficit to take a 21-17 lead on Ryan Tannehill's third touchdown pass of the day, midway through the third quarter, but a pair of fourth-quarter field goals by Dan Carpenter gave the Bills the win. Tannehill was guilty of three giveaways (two interceptions, one fumble), leading to 10 Buffalo points, including an interception return TD by Nickell Robey to open the scoring. Brandon Gibson had a pair of TD receptions in a losing cause for Miami.
- On the road against the Jets a week ago, the Patriots squandered a 21-10 halftime lead, failing to score a touchdown in the game's final 45 minutes in a 30-27 overtime loss. After Stephen Gostkowski tied the game at 27 with a 44-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining in regulation, the Pats punted on the opening possession of the extra period. The Jets then drove 56 yards to set up Nick Folk's 42-yard, game-ending field goal. Folk had missed a 56-yard attempt earlier in the drive, but NE's Chris Jones was penalized 15 yards for attempting to push a teammate into the offensive formation, giving Folk a second chance.
- The Patriots have won the last six meetings with the Dolphins, and are 10-2 at home against the Fish since 2001. In the last six overall meetings, NE has outscored Miami, 195-85, scoring at least 38 points three times. The Pats have 12 takeaways and only three giveaways in those six contests.
- Ryan Tannehill established a career high with his three touchdown passes last week. Tannehill has 10 TD passes this season; he did not throw his 10th touchdown pass a season ago until the Dolphins' 14th game. Dating back to 2012, Tannehill has been sacked 35 times in his last eight starts, fumbling nine times (five lost) in that stretch.
- Tom Brady's next touchdown pass will be the 343rd of his career, breaking a tie for fourth in NFL history. However, Brady is in something of a touchdown slump, with only one TD pass in his last three games. Brady's passer rating in the month of October is 60.3; a season ago, it was 99.0 in October.
- The Patriots have not lost consecutive AFC East games since 2006; the team that knocked them off in the second of those games was the Dolphins, 21-0, at Miami on December 10, 2006. Since 2007, the Pats are 32-7 against the AFC East in the regular season, including 17-2 in Foxborough.
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By KEVIN CHROUST
(AP) -- The New England Patriots last lost two straight AFC East games in 2006 - to the New York Jets followed by the Miami Dolphins four weeks later.
They'll try to stay atop the division and avoid a second straight loss within it Sunday at home against the Dolphins - a week after their 30-27 loss to the Jets.
Despite the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski, the offense continued to struggle moving the ball. The injury-hampered defense allowed a season-high 30 points to a Jets offense that had scored 30 once in its last 16 games.
The Patriots (5-2) were held under 300 yards for the second time in three games and the third time this year. They were 1 for 12 on third down.
Quarterback Tom Brady went 22 of 46 for 228 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He has one touchdown pass in his last three games and has already set a career high with three games in one season with a completion percentage under 50 percent. He had zero such games the last three seasons.
Gronkowski, who caught eight passes for 114 yards in his season debut, is already fifth on the team in receiving yards and first among tight ends. He was targeted 17 times, which was second in the league for the week behind Vincent Jackson's 22.
"You always get the jitters the first game back and everything. It's just football now, Gronkowski said. "This is my fourth year. I've got to just go out there and do what I've got to do, listen to the coaches, listen to the players and just practice to the best of my ability so I can be ready for Sunday, and keep a rhythm going every single week."
Brady said having other options is still a priority.
"You've got to be able to spread it around, there's no question about that," Brady said. "It just happens to be if a guy is a particular read on a play and he is open, you let it rip, whoever it is.
"Gronk, when he is on the field, he is obviously a part of the reads. Whether he is the first read, the second read or the third read."
The defense allowed 30 points for the first time this year while the Jets nearly doubled up the Patriots in time of possession - 46:13 to 23:40 - in the overtime game. Despite allowing 57 points in their last two games, the Patriots still rank fifth in scoring defense, allowing 18.1 points per game.
New York's Chris Ivory ran for 104 yards on 34 carries to become the first player to run for 100 yards against the Patriots in 22 games.
With Vince Wilfork on season-ending IR with a torn right Achilles tendon and fellow defensive tackle Tommy Kelly having missed the last two games with a knee injury, the Patriots re-signed Andre Carter, who made the Pro Bowl with the team in 2011. He was released by Oakland on Aug. 31.
"He's a hard-working guy that's given us great leadership in the past and is a good teammate," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.
New England is also without linebacker Jerod Mayo - the team's leading tackler - for the rest of the season while top cornerback Aqib Talib sat out Sunday with a hip injury.
After a 3-0 start, the Dolphins (3-3) have lost three straight, including Sunday's 23-21 defeat to Buffalo.
"We're in a tough spot right now," said quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is listed as probable despite being hampered by a sore right shoulder. "We have to face the adversity and grow from it. There are two ways we can go. We can tank it, or we can turn it around."
Tannehill was sacked a season-low two times Sunday against Buffalo, but he's been dropped a league-high 26 times this year. He's fourth in the league with 11 turnovers after throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble against the Bills.
"The decision-making has to improve," coach Joe Philbin said. "And our protection at times has to improve."
The Dolphins made a deal with Baltimore Monday for veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie to help with pass protection, though it's uncertain when McKinnie will be available. He lost his starting job in Baltimore two weeks ago.
The Dolphins have lost six in a row against the Patriots and four straight at New England. They last won at New England on Sept. 21, 2008, when the Patriots were without an injured Brady. They've never won in New England with Brady as the Patriots' primary quarterback.
The teams last met in a 28-0 Patriots' home win on Dec. 30, 2012.
Updated October 25, 2013