Dol­phins (6-6) vs. Pa­tri­ots (9-3)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports -

Kick­off: Sun­day, 1 p.m.; Hard Rock Sta­dium, Mi­ami Gar­dens

TV: CBS (Ch. 4 in Mi­ami-Dade/Broward; Ch. 12 in Palm Beach); Ra­dio: 560-AM, 99.9-FM, 1140-AM (Span­ish)

Coaches: Mi­ami’s Adam Gase (22-23 in three years with Dol­phins); New Eng­land’s Bill Belichick (250-87 in 19 years with Pa­tri­ots, 287-132 in 24 years over­all).

Se­ries: The Dol­phins lead the all-time se­ries 54-52.

Bet­ting Line: Dol­phins +7.5 Key in­juries: Dol­phins — Out: CB Xavien Howard (knee), OL Jake Bren­del (calf). Ques­tion­able: WR Danny Amen­dola (knee), OL Travis Swan­son (an­kle); Pa­tri­ots — Ques­tion­able: TE Dwayne Allen (knee), CB Stephon Gil­more. Note­wor­thy: The Dol­phins and Pa­tri­ots face off in their fi­nal AFC East matchup against each other this sea­son. New Eng­land de­liv­ered a 38-7 blowout to Mi­ami in Week 4 … The Pa­tri­ots en­ter the game need­ing a victory to clinch the di­vi­sion and a play­off spot, while the Dol­phins are on the cusp of the play­off pic­ture, ranked sev­enth in the AFC … The Dol­phins have beaten the Pa­tri­ots in four of the last five matchups at Hard Rock Sta­dium … Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady has a 7-9 record all-time against the Dol­phins in South Flor­ida … This game will be Dol­phins quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill’s first against New Eng­land at home in three years. Tan­nehill has a 3-7 record all-time against the Pa­tri­ots, with all three vic­to­ries com­ing at home … Mi­ami will play without star cor­ner­back Xavien Howard (knee), who leads the NFL with seven in­ter­cep­tions.

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