Josh Capps looks ahead to the AFC East clash where the Patriots will be looking to wrap up an unprecedented 10th straight bye.
The Dolphins face a very difficult task this Sunday as they head to New England looking to cause an upset and stop the Patriots enjoying a first round bye. A win for the Patriots will secure the number two seed and a weeks rest going into the play offs.
New England will be boosted by the hard fought victory against Buffalo last Saturday, a game in which the running backs turned up for the Patriots. Michel was just four yards short of a 100 yard game and Burkhead tuned in with the game winning touchdown along with 97 scrimmage yards. The defence proved their worth in the second half limiting Buffalo and getting sacks at vital times to stop Josh Allen moving in the right direction.
Miami themselves come into this one off the back off a high scoring victory, which ended up with an overtime win. They will have expected it to be over inside the initial 60 minutes but a late comeback from the Bengals forced it into overtime before Miami crept over the line. 38 points scored with Devante Parker and Mike Gesicki hauling in 193 of Fitzpatrick’s 419 yards proved that Miami know how to score points and are not afraid to go big in the air.
In a game which the Patriots need to win, it looks like Miami will have a big job on their hands if they want to get a victory here but they will definitely give it a go. Early points will be key for Miami to put the pressure on Brady but don’t expect to see anything but the best from number 12.
New England 31 Miami 10