New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a 7-9 career record in Miami, his most road losses against any team — a statistic that he acknowledged Friday while saying he doesn’t think it will have any impact on this year's game there.
“The reality is that none of that stuff matters — it’s really this team against that team,” he said, noting the Dolphins’ 5-1 record at home this season. “We have a big challenge.”
If the Patriots meet the challenge and beat the Dolphins on Sunday, they will clinch their 10th consecutive AFC East championship. According to Elias research, they would join the Atlanta Braves as the only franchise from the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL to win at least 10 straight division titles. The Braves won three in a row from 1991 to 1993 and then won another 11 straight following the 1994 strike-shortened season.
Over Brady’s 19-year career, the Patriots have varied their practice approach leading into a road game at Miami, between going inside and turning up the heat (such as in 2017) to staying outside in the cold (such as this season). They also have tweaked their travel itinerary in some seasons, going away from their usual Saturday departure.