Both teams are in the playoffs, with the Patriots needing a win or an Oakland loss to get AFC home-field advantage yet again. But they have lost three straight at Miami.
Both also have gotten huge contributions from running backs. LeGarrette Blount could have a big game against the Dolphins' shaky run defense; he already leads the NFL with 17 TDs rushing and has 1,110 yards rushing. The Dolphins have given up 5,726 yards and could break the franchise record of 6,050 set in 1986.
But they also have highly productive Jay Ajayi, who last week became the fourth NFL player to have three 200-yard rushing games in a season. Ajayi is averaging 7.1 yards per carry after third quarter, best in league.
With a victory, the Patriots would become the ninth team since 1972 to go undefeated on the road during the regular season. Six of the previous eight teams went to the Super Bowl.