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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
The New England Patriots come to Miami for a 1 PM game against the Dolphins. Miami is a 7.5 point underdog and the over/under is 47.
Lots of talk up here in Boston sports radio about Tom Brady's troubles in Miami previously, but not much fear this year. We aren't the only people noticing a complete lack of energy on offense and a defense that gives up a ton of yards. We saw in Week 4 how Bill Belichick completely neutralized Miami's offense and Brady and company eventually steam rolled the defense.
Brady isn't going to throw at Xavien Howard and give Miami a shot to get short fields. I also think Belichick is just going to run the ball to death like he did with Sony Michel in the previous game. Unless the pass rush miraculously comes alive I doubt we'll see New England have a lot of hiccups.
One thing that was pointed out to me was New England's linebackers really struggle in coverage so Miami might look to feature the running backs in the passing game. I'm sure Belichick tries to take that away and force Wounded Wing Ryan Tannehill to throw downfield. Belichick will also try to make sure the Miami running game is ineffective to force Tannehill into 3rd and longs.
Funny thing about Tannehill is that he used to thrive moving the ball between the 20s but not consistently find the end zone. Now he can punch it in when close but can't move the ball when starting on his side of the 50 yard line. If the defense can't produce a turnovers or Special Teams can't set the offense up with good field position I think you'll see another ho hum result.
The good thing is that Brady has not been himself this year and the defense forced a couple of interceptions in Week 4. So it isn't impossible for Miami to pull this off. I'm just not expecting it.
New England 31
Hopefully I'm wrong.