SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 51-46 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 34-14
AT NEW ENGLAND: Patriots lead 31-17
AT TAMPA: Patriots lead 1-0
LAST MEETING: 2013 at Miami; Dolphins 24, Patriots 20
HISTORY LESSON: This year’s game will mark the first time since 1996 the Dolphins have opened the season at home against the Patriots in a day game. That 1996 season opener marked the Dolphins debut of Head Coach Jimmy Johnson and rookies Zach Thomas and Karim Abdul-Jabbar, and it was a successful one for all of them. Thomas led the Dolphins defense with nine tackles, including a sack, while Abdul-Jabbar rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in a 24-10 victory. The Dolphins’ two other touchdowns that day came when safety Sean Hill returned a fumble 10 yards and when wide receiver Scott Miller recovered a fumble in the end zone after fullback Stanley Pritchett had lost the ball at the 1-yard line.
SERIES TREND: The Dolphins’ victory at Sun Life Stadium last December snapped their seven-game losing streak against the Patriots, which had tied for New England’s longest winning streak in the series. The Dolphins can only hope history repeats because when they snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Patriots in 1989, it began a run of nine consecutive victories against New England.