New England Patriots (12-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-10)
|Date & Time||Sunday January 3, 2016, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Miami Dolphins +8 -- Over/Under: 45
The New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins square off Sunday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium.
The New England Patriots hope to lock up the top seed in the AFC with this victory. Tom Brady is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 4,636 yards, 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Brady has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman have combined for 1,850 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns while Danny Amendola has 63 receptions. The New England Patriots ground game is averaging 88.9 yards per contest, and Brandon Bolden leads the way with 176 yards on 54 carries. Defensively, New England is allowing 19.7 points and 332.9 yards per game. Jamie Collins leads the Patriots with 83 tackles, Chandler Jones has 12.5 sacks and Malcolm Butler has 15 pass deflections. Julian Edelman, Justin Coleman and Danny Amendola are questionable.
The Miami Dolphins look to win at least six games for a sixth straight season. Ryan Tannehill is completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 3,858 yards, 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Tannehill is questionable with a foot injury. Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews have combined for 1,747 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Kenny Stills has 26 receptions. The Miami Dolphins ground game is averaging 93.3 yards per contest, and Lamar Miller leads the way with 812 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Miami is allowing 25.3 points and 388.2 yards per game. Reshad Jones leads the Dolphins with 131 tackles, Olivier Vernon has seven sacks and Brent Grimes has 14 pass deflections. Rishard Matthews and Earl Mitchell are questionable.
Even with the Patriots banged up, they're still lightyears ahead of the Dolphins. Miami is a team that's checked out and is already looking ahead to the offseason. Not to mention the Dolphins have zero offensive line. I look for this game to be a blowout just like it was Thursday night a month or so ago.
Patriots roll big.