Will Tom Brady and the Pats be all smiles on Monday night in Miami? (Adam Hunger/Reuters)

On Monday night, the face of the New England Patriots franchise will set out to become the 15th player to reach 3,000 career completions — and only the sixth to do it on one team. Brady enters the Pats’ season opener against the Miami Dolphins four completions away from the mark, and odds are he’ll be throwing quite a bit.

In Week 4 last season, the Patriots and Dolphins met in a Monday Night Football contest that saw New England become the first team in NFL history to score touchdowns on a kickoff return, blocked field goal and interception return in the same game in a 41-14 blowout in South Beach.

History is on the side of Brady and the Patriots, too. In 18 career starts against the Dolphins, Brady is 12-6. In those games, the Pats have out-scored the Phins 426-305.

That said, Brady’s numbers in Sun Life Stadium are not nearly as impressive. In nine trips to Miami, the Brady-led Pats are 4-5 and have been out-scored 199-195.

“It’s always a tough place to play,” Brady said. “We’ve had our struggles down there (and) we’ve had some great wins, but we play them at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year, and it always seems to be a tough place to play.

“It’s a division rival. They put a lot into the game, we put a lot into the game, and it’s going to be fun – a fun way to start the year.”