Patriots-Dolphins Preview

We’re on to Miami. Sorry to use that phrase, it’s so 2014, right? But either way, that’s our next game Thursday night. I think we caught a break with this one. Trust me, there’s no such thing as an easy win in the NFL, even if it seems that way. Anyone can win on any given week. But Thursday games suck… like aside from Thanksgiving, they shouldn’t be a thing. They just put players from two teams at risk. They are a thing though, and Miami is one of the teams that I would definitely want to play on a shortened week since they aren’t a top team.

Miami is actually hitting their stride. Trust me, I won’t sing their high praises. I wasn’t on their bandwagon this season, even though I didn’t think they’d start as badly as they did. Joe Philbin proved that he’s as incapable as head coaches come- he can’t do anything right. And as crappy as they looked in the season’s first month, the Dolphins have really turned it around fast. They dominated the Texans this past Sunday. I know that it’s Houston and they suck and whatever, but Ryan Tannehill threw one incomplete pass. One. That doesn’t just happen. That’s a historic day, and that’s something that proves he can play with the best of them.

But here’s the catch- he’s inconsistent. He completes 62% of his passes, which isn’t great but isn’t bad. He’s thrown for 13 touchdowns this year, good for 7th best in the league. But he also has 11 turnovers (7 picks, 4 fumbles). He had an awesome day Sunday, but I’m not on the Tannehill bandwagon quite yet. He’s no god when it comes to football. In 6 career games against the Patriots, the Texas A&M product has thrown for only 8 touchdowns to go with 6 picks. No, he doesn’t scare me.

Their defense grabbed headlines for picking up the dirty Ndamukong Suh. He joined Cameron Wake to form one of the best D-lines in football. And recently, they’ve looked a lot better. This could spell trouble for the Patriots’ patchwork offensive line (man, if I had a dollar for every time I heard that during a Pats broadcast…). But I’m quite confident. Based on the Patriots’ success in throwing quick slants and the fact that most of their yards gained are after the catch, the line has to give TB12 like 2 seconds. I think they can for sure do that.

The fact is that the Dolphins, regardless if they’re playing well, already have failed this season. They will not make the playoffs, and they will not reach their goals from the preseason. While they have skill, they’re coming to Gillette. Sorry guys, that’s not happening. Patriots by 17.

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