The Miami Dolphins face a New England Patriots team that is battered. The Patriots will be without two WR’s and will turn to a couple of no-names to stack behind starters Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. That is the least of Miami’s worries.
This week is the biggest game of Ryan Tannehill’s young career. Playoffs are on the line and a win could move the Dolphins into sole possession of the sixth seed with a Monday night loss by Baltimore.
Despite the injury concerns for New England, the Patriots find themselves once again the favorites to win in South Florida. The Patriots will enter – 1 over the Dolphins heading into Sunday’s game.
Many ESPN analysts are picking the Dolphins to win this game as are many national journalists. In the first meeting the Dolphins opened a 17-3 lead at halftime before imploding in the second half to give New England the victory. Can the Dolphins fend off a depleted team who is looking to lock down a playoff spot?
If I were a betting man I might be inclined to say no. The Patriots are resilient and while the Dolphins should be optimistic there will be a battle on Sunday. The Patriots are not only looking to win the division today by beating Miami they could move into possession of home field advantage throughout the playoffs with Denver’s loss on Thursday night.
The Dolphins need to win to keep pace with Baltimore and hold off a “super-charging” San Diego team. With three weeks left in the regular season every win/loss becomes important.
Miami and Baltimore can each afford to lose one more provided that both lose one. As it stands a three way tie with the Chargers could put the Dolphins into the playoffs but only if the Ravens lose one game to either Pittsburgh or Cincinnati.
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