1. The Patriots can clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win. Under the current playoff format (since 1990), the Patriots have been the top seed five times, most of any team.
2. Quarterback Tom Brady needs 364 passing yards to reach 5,000 for the season. He would join Saints quarterback Drew Brees (4) as the only players in NFL history with multiple 5,000-yard seasons. Brady is 6-7 all-time at Miami, including 1-4 in December/January. He is 13-1 against the Dolphins at home.
3. A win would produce New England’s sixth 13-win season since 2003, most of any team in the league. The only teams with more in NFL history are the 49ers (9) and Broncos (6). For historical perspective, the Patriots had zero seasons with 13 wins from the team’s first year in 1960 to 2002.
4. The Patriots have used 35 different offensive line combinations this season, tied for the second most by any team in the last nine seasons (the Colts used 37 combinations last season). Some of the combinations early in the season were by choice as part of a rotation, but after a run of injuries along the line, many of the recent combinations have been a result of having their hand forced.
5. Brady is 12 completions shy of breaking his career high in completions (401) set in 2011 and matched 2012.
6. Tight end Rob Gronkowski has 66 career touchdowns (65 receiving, 1 rushing) since the Patriots drafted him in the second round in 2010. Gronkowski is two behind wide receiver Stanley Morgan for the franchise record. Morgan totaled 68 touchdowns in 180 career games, while Gronkowski's 66 have come in 79 games.
7. The Patriots have recorded at least one sack in 28 straight games, the longest active streak in the league. They have 48 sacks this season, second most in the NFL (Broncos, 49). The Patriots sacked Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill five times in Week 8.
8. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski leads the NFL with 147 points. He needs 12 points to break his own franchise record set in 2013 (158).
9. Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry's 188 receptions are the most in NFL history through a player’s first two seasons.
10. Brady, who lost his start against the Jets last Sunday, has lost consecutive starts against divisional opponents only once in his career. It came in 2006, when he lost Week 10 to the Jets and then in Week 14 to the Dolphins.