The Miami Dolphins haven’t beaten the New England Patriots since 2009 and tomorrow may very well be their biggest game since their playoff loss in 2008 to the Baltimore Ravens. New England stands in Miami’s way of making the post-season (should Baltimore slip up). This weekend the Patriots will be without two of their WR’s. Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thomkins have both been ruled out for Sunday’s division match-up.
The Patriots will rely on starters Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman but will then line up Austin Collie and guys named Boyce and Slater. They are already without TE Rob Gronkowski and will turn to re-signed D.J. Williams, Matthew Mulligan, and Michael Hoomanawanui to fill that role.
The injuries to their WR and TE position are such that New England will likely turn to a running game that has had mixed success on the ground. Look for the Patriots to use their RB’s more in the passing game where they will line up in coverage from LB’s. It could be a successful option as teams have had success against the Dolphins speed rushers with swing passes and screens. Shane Vereen has assumed Aaron Hernandez’s role on the team and recorded over 15o yards against Cleveland in the passing game.
For Miami only Reshad Jones and Jamar Taylor are listed as questionable, everyone else is probable on the injury report.
Many in the media are picking the Dolphins to win tomorrow game. Which should give the Patriots plenty of fuel to fight this one to the very end.
Kick-off is at 1:00 tomorrow.