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Dan Jamroz, Phinfever.comThe 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.

Dan Rizzi, Miami DolphinsFunny 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.

Miami 21
New England 31

Hopefully I'm wrong.

Rich Rodriguez, Phinfever, Miami DolphinsThe Good

It is interesting that the Dolphins won but not much happened in the way of good. The offense was terrible. The defense was terrible. The only really glaring bright spot on this team right now is Xavien Howard, who is showing himself to be a Pro Bowl caliber corner, bordering on shut down. Two more interceptions puts him at first in the NFL.

The Bad

The Dolphins offense couldn't run the ball or throw the ball effectively. This all starts up front at the offensive line. But the playcalling continues to be questionable as well.

The defense struggled to contain Josh Allen and couldn't seem to adjust to what he was doing. This goes back to scheme and in-game adjustments.

The Ugly

The Dolphins are still in it, but again, it doesn't feel like they are really in it. In my opinion, they played better against the Colts in a loss, than against the Bills in a win. This team simply does not have a signature game where things click on all cylinders. Quite the opposite, this is a very flawed team that wins in spite of itself.


The Dolphins are currently right behind the 6th seed Baltimore Ravens in terms of a wildcard spot. Unfortunately, the face a Patriots team that is still playing for something, homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Dolphins would need one of those signature performances to beat the Patriots. Can they make that happen? To date, there has been no indication they can...


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