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The Patriots have a chance to put marks on the good side of a number of ledgers in tonight’s AFC East showdown at Miami.

The Patriots have a chance to put marks on the good side of a number of ledgers in tonight’s AFC East showdown at Miami.

It’s the 83rd prime-time game in franchise history, and New England is dead even (41-41) in the first 82.

Monday Night Football has traditionally not been terribly kind to the Pats. They’re just 17-22 all-time on Mondays, though they’ve been better (5-1) since the series moved from ABC to ESPN.

New England lost its last Monday-nighter, 38-17, on Nov. 30, 2009, at New Orleans. It also came up short the last time it saw the Dolphins on a Monday, losing 29-28 on the road on Dec. 20, 2004.

The Pats’ long-running foibles against the ’Phins are just as well documented. They’re just 39-50 all-time against the men in teal and orange, including a loss their last time out: 22-21 in Miami on Dec. 6, 2009.

More troubling, though, is New England’s recent ugliness on the road. They went just 1-5 in true road games last season — and looked ugly in their sole trip from Foxborough so far this year.

 
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