NFL PREVIEW: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-7) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-5)
WEEK 15 // SUNDAY, DEC. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 55-52
STREAKS: Patriots have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/13/20: Dolphins 11 at Patriots 21
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/19: Patriots 43, Dolphins 0
NEW ENGLAND NOTES:
QB CAM NEWTON passed for 119 yards last week. Has 45+ rush yards in 2 of past 3. Completed 15 of 19 passes (78.9 pct.) for 155 yards & 100.7 rating & rushed for season-high 75 yards & 2 TDs in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Mia. with 50+ rush yards. Has 6 TDs (4 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 113.9 rating in his past 2 vs. Mia. Leads QBs with 11 rush TDs this season. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 70+ rush yards. RB SONY MICHEL had rush TD in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Mia. with rush TD. RB JAMES WHITE had 52 scrimmage yards (30 rec., 22 rush) in Week 1 meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Mia. Since 2015, leads RBs in catches (353), rec. yards (3,055) & rec. TDs (24). • WR DAMIERE BYRD had 5 catches for 48 yards in Week 14. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 on road. WR JAKOBI MEYERS had 4 catches for 47 yards last week. Has 45+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. WR N’KEAL HARRY led team with 49 rec. yards in Week 14. Had 5 catches in Week 1 meeting. • DB J.C. JACKSON had 2 PD & INT in Week 1 meeting. Has PD in 2 of past 3 vs. Mia. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with INT. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 7 INTs. CB STEPHON GILMORE had INT in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Mia. with PD. Rookie DB MYLES BRYANT had 1st-career INT last week. DB ADRIAN PHILLIPS led team with 10 tackles & had TFL last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Had 9 tackles & INT in Week 1 meeting. Has PD in 2 of past 3 on road. DL ADAM BUTLER has sack & PD in 2 of past 3. Has TFL in 5 of past 6 vs. Mia.
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA (rookie) completed 28 of 48 passes (58.3 pct.) for career-high 316 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT & rushed for 1st-career TD last week. Has 0 INTs in 5 of 6 career starts. Has 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts at home. Leads rookies with 95.2 rating (min. 100 attempts). • RB MYLES GASKIN has 125+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. Had 66 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 26 rec.) in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 65+ scrimmage yards. RB DEANDRE WASHINGTON aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 4 catches for 47 yards in Week 1 meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Rookie WR LYNN BOWDEN set career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (82) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. WR MACK HOLLINS had season-high 5 catches for career-high 66 yards last week. TE ADAM SHAHEEN aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with TD catch. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has INT in 5 straight games & is 5th player since 2015 with INT in 5 straight. Has 9 PD in his past 5. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 2+ PD. Leads NFL with career-high 9 INTs. CB BYRON JONES had 1st INT & FF of season last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home. S ERIC ROWE had 7 tackles, 2 PD & INT in Week 14. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NE. LB JEROME BAKER had 8 tackles & career-high 2.5 sacks last week. Had career-high 16 tackles, sack & FF in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with FF. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had FR last week. DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS had .5 sacks last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (NE), 136 (Mia) | XM: 386 (NE), 230 (Mia)