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Patriots and Dolphins comparison: Common games

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For most people, the New England Patriots are the favorites to win the AFC East. Let's compare the Miami Dolphins and the Patriots against common opponents one quarter into the year.

Jim Rogash

The Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots are both four games into their 2014 season. With most analysts picking the Patriots to run away with the AFC East this season - as they have for most of the past decade - the division is knotted a quarter of the way through the year, with the Dolphins, Patriots, and Buffalo Bills all tied with respective 2-2 records, while the New York Jets are one game back at 1-3.

The Patriots and Dolphins have face two common opponents so far this year, both beating the Oakland Raiders and losing to the Kansas City Chiefs. We take a look at the team box scores from both of those games:

Miami Oakland New England
Score 38 14 9 16
1st Downs 24 17 9 14
Total Yards 435 317 241 297
Yards/Play 6.6 5.0 4.3 4.2
Passing 278 264 174 221
Comp-Att 23-31 28-44 21-34 24-37
Yards/Pass 9.0 5.7 5.1 5.7
TDs 2 2 0 1
INTs 1 3 1 0
Rushing Yds 157 53 22 32
Yards/Run 4.5 2.9 3.0 2.4
TDs 2 0 0 0
Penalties 5 9 6 6
Turn overs 3 4 1 0
Defense TDs 1 0 0 0
Sacks 2 0 2 0
Fumble Rec 1 2 0 0
Miami Kansas City New England
Score 15 34 41 14
1st Downs 12 14 26 13
Total Yards 332 342 443 290
Yards/Play 5.0 4.8 6.7 5.9
Passing 191 168 236 215
Comp-Att 21-43 19-25 20-26 20-30
Yards/Pass 4.1 5.6 8.4 6.5
TDs 1 3 3 1
INTs 0 0 0 1
Rushing Yds 141 174 207 75
Yards/Run 7.1 4.2 5.4 4.7
TDs 0 2 1 0
Penalties 6 4 4 3
Turn overs 0 2 0 3
Defense TDs 0 0 0 1
Sacks 5 4 3 2
Fumble Rec 2 0 1 0

Of course, the Dolphins and Patriots have also faced each other once this year:

Miami New England
Score 33 20
1st Downs 25 20
Total Yards 360 315
Yards/Play 5.1 3.9
Passing 169 226
Comp-Att 18-32 29-56
Yards/Pass 5.1 3.8
TDs 2 1
INTs 1 0
Rushing Yds 191 89
Yards/Run 5.0 4.4
TDs 1 1
Penalties 4 9
Turn overs 3 2
Defense TDs 0 0
Sacks 4 1
Fumble Rec 1 0

The season is still young, and a lot can and will change over the next 13 weeks, but through the quarter mark of the year, the stats don't seem to support the Patriots running away with the Division this season.