Research Rants Week 4: New England Patriots (2-1) at Miami Dolphins (2-1)
Since being selected by the Patriots in the sixth round (No. 199 overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft, New England’s Tom Brady has established himself as one the league’s elite quarterbacks. Brady (99-31, .762) earned his 99th regular-season win last week in the Patriots’ 38-30 victory over the Bills. This Monday night, he can become the 11th quarterback in NFL history to win 100 games, reaching the milestone in the fewest number of starts (131) among quarterbacks who began their careers in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). If you think those stats are great, check out this weeks Research Rants and see if the numbers indicate that Tom Brady will get his 100th "W" Monday night.
PATRIOTS: Club is 10-5 under head coach BILL BELICHICK on MNF & has won 6 of past 7 on Monday night…QB TOM BRADY aims for 3rd consecutive game w/300+ passing yards against Dolphins (332, 353). …RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS led team w/98 rush yards last week, 2nd-most rush yards in career (105 vs. Buf. 11/9/08). RB DANNY WOODHEAD recorded 1st career TD on 22-yard run vs. Bills…WR RANDY MOSS has 5 TD rec. in past 3 vs. Mia. & aims for 3rd consecutive game with 50+ yard TD catch vs. Dolphins (71, 58). In past 3 vs. Mia., Moss is averaging 112.7 receiving yards per game (338 total). In past 3 vs. Dolphins, WR WES WELKER has 27 rec. for 371 yards (13.7 avg.)…Rookie TE AARON HERNANDEZ (4th round, No. 113) aims for 3rd straight game w/6 receptions. Rookie TE ROB GRONKOWSKI (2nd round, No. 42) has 2 TDs in 3 games…S PATRICK CHUNG & S BRANDON MERIWEATHER each posted INT last week. Fla. native Meriweather has 2 INTs in past 3 against Mia…
DOLPHINS: Club has 33-19 all-time record (.635) on MNF at home…QB CHAD HENNE is 1-0 on MNF & completed 20 of 26 passes (76.9 pct.) for 241 yards w/2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 130.4 passer rating…In 3 career games on MNF, RB RONNIE BROWN averages 106.7 rush yards per game (320 total). Aims for 3rd consecutive game w/2 rush TDs on MNF. Brown has accounted for 7 career TDs against NE (5 rushing, 2 passing). RB RICKY WILLIAMS has 856 career yards vs. Patriots, 2nd-most vs. any opponent…WR BRANDON MARSHALL had 2 TD rec. in last meeting vs. NE (w/Denver on 10/11/09). Marshall posted 8th career game w/10+ catches & 100+ receiving yards last week (10 rec., 166 yards). WR DAVONE BESS had career-best in rec. (10) & receiving yards (117) against Patriots on 12/6/09. Bess had 6 catches vs. Jets, all resulted in 1st downs…CB VONTAE DAVIS aims for 3rd straight game w/INT vs. Patriots.