The Patriots will play their home opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Since Bill Belichick has taken over the Patriots they are 20-12 overall versus Miami including 12-2 in Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots haven’t been swept by a division opponent since 2000. That year both the Dolphins and the Jets accomplished that in Belichick’s first season. The Pats and Miami have split the season series the past three years.
So with the wait before the game tomorrow afternoon, here are some interesting numbers to pore over.
4: Number of wins over the Dolphins in the Patriots home openers, 4-2 overall.
4: Super Bowl wins by HC Bill Belichick, tied for most with Chuck Noll
4: Number of times Tom Brady has led the NFL in TD passes. Tied with Len Dawson, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas, and Steve Young
5: Number of consecutive Conference Title games by NE, tied with Oakland (73-77)
7: Number of consecutive Division Titles by NE, tied with Rams (73-79)
7: Number of consecutive years in the playoffs, only five teams have reached 8 in a row
9: Number of times the Patriots have swept Miami in the divisional series
- Number of times Miami has swept the Patriots in the divisional series
13: Number of Division Titles by Belichick, tied with Tom Landry, and Don Shula
13: Number of Division Titles by Tom Brady, most of any QB in NFL history, Peyton Manning is 2nd with 12
13: Number of consecutive 10-win seasons by NE
15: Consecutive winning seasons by NE, can tie SF, Dallas for most since 1970 merger
17: Number of seasons by Tom Brady, most in team history passing Steve Grogan
23: Postseason wins by Bill Belichick, most in NFL history. Landry (20) is second.
30: Consecutive games with a sack by NE the longest current streak in the NFL
32: Wins on opening day by the Patriots, overall record of 32-25
38: Number of playoff games played by the Patriots since Robert Kraft bought the team. Most in the NFL, Green Bay is second with 33.
39: Wins by the Pats since 2001 in games decided by 3 points or fewer. Top winning percentage in the NFL with .709 (39-15) during that time.
41: Since 2000 wins when a Patriot rushes for 100+ yards, record of 41-1. Only loss was at Miami in 2004, Corey Dillon rushed for 121 yards and Miami won 29-28
44: Number of wins (44-5) since 2008 when the Patriots don’t turn over the ball
46: Wins by the Patriots over NFC opponents since 2002, NFL best record of 46-11
56: Road wins since 2006, Pats road record of 56-25 best in the NFL
64: TD passes to Gronk from Tom Brady, second most in NFL history between a QB and TE. Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates lead with 77
66: Career touchdowns by Rob Gronkowski, needs three to pass Stanley Morgan (68) for most in Patriots history.
66: Most sacks in team history, back in 1963, Most by a Belichick team, 49 in 2015
71: Divisional wins by NE since 2001 (71-21), most in the NFL. Indianapolis (67) is 2nd
81: Number of consecutive victories at home by NE when leading at halftime
84: Road wins by NE since 2000, tops in the NFL, Philadelphia is 2nd with 78
103: Wins since 2002 when not throwing an interception. NFL best 103-15
135: Pats record of 135-42 is the best in the NFL the last decade with a winning pct of .763. Indy next with 118 wins (118-59), winning pct of .667
194: Wins by Tom Brady combined regular/post season. Needs 7 to pass Manning (200), Favre (199) for most career wins by a QB
247: Career wins by Bill Belichick, 4th place all-time in wins. Tom Landry 270 is in 3rd
428: Career TD passes by Tom Brady, 4th all-time, Drew Brees is 3rd with 432
492: Franchise wins by the Patriots, most of any original AFL team, Denver 480 is 2nd