Two old rivals meet up for the first time this season as the Dolphins travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the Patriots. Both of these teams are coming off heart breaking losses to teams that honestly should not have beaten them. The Jets got the best of the Patriots on a bogus penalty on a field goal play while Miami turned the ball over with just a minute left in regulation time to watch the Bills kick a game winning field goal in their home. Each team has had their time to swallow last week’s disappointment and I expect the best out of both teams coming into this game.
The Miami Dolphins travel to New England to get a chance to beat the Patriots in their home field, something they have not accomplished since 2009. Miami must do a better job at covering the middle of the field as well as doubling up on Patriots tight end Gronkowski . On the offensive side of the ball they must to a better job of getting Mike Wallace involved early, the more touches he gets the better he plays and the more accurate he becomes in his route running, I don’t see too much ground attack as they seem to have had issues with their starting back getting key first downs.
The New England Patriots understand that even though they lost last week it was because they allowed themselves to get into that situation, QB Tom Brady needs to understand that his receivers are young and not accustomed to his speed and accuracy, he needs to lead them with the ball more and not try to stick it in too tight a corner. They have run the ball well and I think we will see a little more of that in this game because of Miami´s issues stopping a consistent running option.
What to expect:
With questions coming out regarding Miami´s QB inconsistencies the Patriots are -7 in this game with the dog laying -130, the flat line is -6.5 and I see the Patriots really getting back on track after dropping two games already with a convincing win in this one, look for them to run the ball and be successful while Miami will play from behind most of the game.