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Patriots about to lock up turnover record

How tidy have the New England Patriots been this year?

They would have to increase their turnover total by 44 percent to tie the NFL record for fewest in a season.

The Patriots have committed only nine turnovers this year. Tom Brady has four interceptions. Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer has thrown one. The Patriots have lost an NFL-low four fumbles despite playing in some rough winter weather.

The Miami Dolphins and New York Giants set the record in 2008 with 13 turnovers.

The 1990 Giants, with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on staff as defensive coordinator, held the record for 18 years with 14.

Looks like the only fathomable way the Patriots would fail to break the record is if Hoyer sees significant time in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins and gets reckless. The Dolphins are tied for 25th with 11 interceptions this year and tied for 24th with seven fumble recoveries.

New England leads the NFL with a plus-27 turnover margin.