Even Bill Belichick talked this week about that game in Miami last January. The last game of the regular season and a chance to lock up AFC home field playoff advantage. The Pats lost 20-10.

So many things are different as these team meet today at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Jimmy Garopollo will run the show. Tight end Rob Gronkowski may not play. So too, linebacker Donta Hightower.

But the Patriots are coming off that opening night win in Arizona. The Dolphins lost in week one.

Here are three reasons the Patriots will win today...

1) Since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002 the Patriots are 13-1 in home season openers.

2) Since 200 (Belichick's first year), the Patriots vs AFC East opponents...73-27.

3) Belichick's record vs the Fins...20-12.

NOTE: Live coverage of the Patriots vs Dolphins begins at 10am with a kick time of 1pm on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket.

Oh...one more reason why the Patriots will likely win...have you heard the Dolphins fight song?

2016 Season Statistics (NFL Rank in 2015) New England Patriots Miami Dolphins
Record 1-0 0-1
Divisional Standing 1st T-2nd
Total Yards Gained 363 214
Yards Per Game (Rank) 363.0 (6th) 214.0 (26th)
Rush Offense 106.0 (30th) 64.0 (23rd)
Pass Offense 257.0 (5th) 150.0 (19th)
Total Yards Allowed 344 352
Yards Allowed Per Game 344.0 (9th) 352.0 (25th)
Rush Defense 92.0 (9th) 112.0 (28th)
Pass Defense 252.0 (17th) 240.0 (21st)
Possession Average 33:59 25:28
Sacks Allowed / Yards Lost 2/7 5/36
Sacks Made /  Yards 3/19 3/18
Passing Touchdowns / Intercepted - Offense 1/0 0/0
Passing Touchdowns / Intercepted - Defense 2/0 1/1
Total Touchdowns Scored 2 1
Penalties Against / Yards 8/69 4/40
Punts / Average 2/44.5 7/46.7
Turnover Differential -2 +2