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Dolphins at Patriots: Pregame notes

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Dolphins at Patriots: Pregame notes

The Patriots host the Dolphins this afternoon at Gillette Stadium. The game begins at 1 p.m.

  • Watch Patriots Pregame Live at 11 a.m. with Michael Felger, Charlie Weis, Bert Breer, Troy Brown and DJ Bean in Burlington, and Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry and Mike Giardi at Gillette.
  • As soon as the second quarter ends, watch Halftime Live.
  • When the game ends, watch Patriots Postgame Live.

Tune into NBC Sports Boston to watch, or click here for the livestream of the shows (and all NBC Sports Boston programming).

Here's what you need to know about the game . . .

FACTS AND FIGURES

GAME TIME: 1 p.m. 

SITE: Gillette Stadium

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 8-2, Dolphins 4-6

ON TV: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn

ON LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci, Scott Zolak

NATIONAL RADIO: Sports USA

NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Larry Kahn and Hank Bauer

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Dolphins lead, 53-50

LAST MEETING: Patriots 35, Dolphins 14 on Jan. 1, 2017 at New Miami Stadium (now known as Hard Rock Stadium)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- With a victory today, the Patriots will improve to 9-2 and guarantee themselves a winning record for an NFL-record 17th straight season. They are currently tied with the 49ers (1983-98) and Cowboys (1970-85) for the most consecutive winning seasons since the 1970 merger.

-- Rob Gronkowski has 6,714 career receiving yards, 11th all-time among NFL tight ends, and needs 28 yards to move into the top 10.

BRADY BY THE NUMBERS

Tom Brady -- who leads the NFL with 3,146 passing yards and a 110.9 passer rating this season -- has quite the edge over the Bills' hapless Nathan Peterman, but he also has an edge over most every other quarterback who's ever played. He enters today's game with 64,728 career passing yards and needs 272 yards to become the fourth player in NFL history with 65,000 passing yards. The others are Peyton Manning (71,940), Brett Favre (71,838) and Drew Brees (68,894).

ODDS AND ENDS

The Patriots are one of five teams with at least eight wins entering Week 12. The Eagles are 9-1, and the Pats, Saints, Steelers and Vikings are all 8-2. The Eagles are the 51st team in the Super Bowl era to start a season 9-1 and all 50 of the previous teams made the playoffs. Twenty-three of those (46 percent) advanced to the Super Bowl and 11 won the Super Bowl (22 percent). Of the 102 teams prior to this year that started the season 8-2, 94.1 percent (96) made the playoffs, 29.4 percent (30) advanced to the Super Bowl and 15.7 percent (16) won the Super Bowl.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

 

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Patriots-Steelers tale of the tape

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Patriots-Steelers tale of the tape

0:41 - The BST crew breaks down the Celtics’ 107-95 loss to the Utah Jazz. A. Sherrod Blakely joins Tom Giles from the TD Garden and Michael Holley and Kayce Smith analyze Gordon Hayward’s pregame comments about his recovery and return.

8:07 - Do Bill Belichick and the Patriots attempt to shut down Le'Veon Bell or Antonio Brown this weekend against the Steelers? Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss and Phil Perry and Kayce Smith break down the matchup with this week’s tale of the tape.

14:36 - The Red Sox watched another slugger get scooped up, as the Philadelphia Phillies signed Carlos Santana. Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles discuss Boston’s interest in still-available J.D. Martinez and how much he could cost the club.

Injury report: Branch out, 10 Patriots questionable

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Injury report: Branch out, 10 Patriots questionable

The Patriots final injury report before their showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday includes 10 players listed as questionable and defensive lineman Alan Branch ruled out.

Branch, who hurt his knee in the Monday night loss to the Dolphins, missed three days of practice this week. Among the questionable are linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive lineman Trey Flowers, who didn't play against Miami. Tom Brady (Achilles), Brandon Cooks (hand) and Malcolm Butler (ankle) have been removed from the injury report. 

Cornerback Joe Haden (fibula) and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) among the Steelers listed as questionable. The full injury report: