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Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots Preview and Predictions 12-29-2019


The New England Patriots are in the postseason for a league-record 11th consecutive season but have plenty to play for in their bid to make their fourth straight appearance in the Super Bowl. After wrapping up the AFC East title last weekend, the Patriots can clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs by beating the visiting Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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New England is a perfect 5-0 against its division rivals and steamrolled the Dolphins 43-0 in Miami in Week 2, but coach Bill Belichick left no doubt that his team is approaching this game with a purpose. "Look, this is very simple now. Miami is a playoff game," Belichick said. "If we beat Miami, then we get a bye. If we don't, then we'll be playing the next week. So, it's a playoff game." No one is more acutely aware of Belichick's mindset than Dolphins coach Brian Flores, in his first year with Miami after spending 15 seasons on the staff of the Patriots. "I know this about (Belichick): He's going to try to beat the heck out of us," Flores said. "And he knows this about me: We're going to do the same."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Patriots -16 O/U: 45

ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (4-11): Miami has shown some moxie since its 0-7 start to the season, winning for the fourth time in eight games despite blowing a 23-point lead in the final 6 1/2 minutes of last week's 38-35 overtime win over Cincinnati. Ryan Fitzpatrick established season highs with 419 yards and four scoring passes in the win, but he finished 11 of 21 for only 89 yards and three interceptions in the Week 2 debacle against New England. While the running game has been almost non-existent, DeVante Parker has hauled in all nine of his touchdown catches over the past 12 games while eclipsing 100 yards in three of the past six. Defense, however, is an major issue, giving up at least 31 points in five of the last six contests.

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS (12-3): While New England has not been a world-beater since winning its first eight to open the season, Tom Brady compiled a triple-digit passer rating for the first time in 10 games with a 111.0 mark in last week's 24-17 victory over Buffalo -- his highest since Week 2 versus Miami. Julian Edelman has recorded at least five receptions in nine of his last 10 games and needs three more to reach 100 for the second time in his career. Second-year running back Sony Michel, who nearly ended his 100-yard drought with a season-high 96 yards on 21 carries last week, ran for 83 yards in a score in the first meeting. The Patriots, who had two pick-sixes in the first matchup, rank second against the pass (170.7 yards).

EXTRA POINTS

1. New England has won 10 in a row at home against the Dolphins.

2. Fitzpatrick is 291 passing yards shy of his third 3,500-yard season.

3. Brady needs one touchdown pass to move past Peyton Manning (539) and into sole possession of second place on the all-time list.

Prediction

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Last Injuries

New England Patriots

  • Sony Michel

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Michel is working his way back from foot surgery, and he will begin training camp on the active PUP list for an unknown length of time.

  • Marqise Lee

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Lee will not compete during the entire 2020 season as he has decided to sit out due to a personal reason. He has been added to the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.

  • Matt LaCosse

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    LaCosse will not participate in the 2020 season after opting out for a personal reason. He has wound up on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as a result.

  • Brandon King

    Quadricep
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    King has been moved to the active PUP list with a quad injury, and it is unclear when he will come off the shelf.

  • Dont'a Hightower

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Hightower has hit the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after letting the team know that he will not be taking part in the 2020 season due to a personal reason.

  • Mohamed Sanu Sr.

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Sanu Sr. has been posted on the active PUP list due to an ongoing ankle injury, and the severity of the ailment is unknown.

  • Najee Toran

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Toran has been designated for the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after announcing that he will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal reason.

  • Patrick Chung

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Chung has informed the team that he will sit out the duration of the 2020 season based on a personal decision. The club has put him on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.

Miami Dolphins

  • Malcolm Perry

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Perry has been shifted to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an extended period.

  • Allen Hurns

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Hurns will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal reason. The team has entered him on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.

  • Albert Wilson

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Wilson has decided to sit out for the duration of the 2020 season due to a personal reason and has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.

  • Zach Sieler

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Sieler has been moved to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it has yet to be determined how long it will take him to get back to full health.

  • Davon Godchaux

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Godchaux has wound up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and an announcement has yet to be made about a return date.

  • Ereck Flowers

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Flowers has hit the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain when he can return to the field.

  • Ja'Wuan James

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    James is on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as he has informed the team that he will sit out the 2020 season.

  • Jerome Baker

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Baker has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for recovery.