The Dolphins and Patriots have a lot at stake this Sunday
The Miami Dolphins host their rival New England Patriots on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. Although the AFC division is likely out of reach, the Dolphins are very much alive in the playoff race. For the Patriots, they are still chasing the one seed in the AFC as they own the tie breaking with the Denver Broncos. However, if the Patriots were to lose in Miami on Sunday to the Dolphins, they will be fighting for the two seed. The Bengals own the tie breaker with the Patriots and sit one game behind New England entering the final stretch of the NFL season.
The momentum the Dolphins are carrying with them coupled with this being a must win game, and Miami would seem like the logical pick to win this game. However, you can never count out Tom Brady and the Patriots and thus the New England Patriots are favored to win this game with the betting line giving them 2.5 points. You can read more updated NFL news and odds here.
This game has all the makings for a potential shoot-out between the Dolphins and Patriots. Both teams are coming off exciting high scoring victories while quarterback Ryan Tannehill appears to be playing his best stretch of professional football. Meanwhile, the Patriots are limping towards the playoffs and nearly blew a home loss to the putrid Cleveland Browns before recovering an onside kick that subsequently led to the game winning score.
The Patriots are just as desperate however, as they certainly would love to have a first round bye entering the NFL playoffs. The Dolphins on the other hand are currently tied with the Baltimore Ravens in the standings but because of an early season loss, are currently sitting in 7th place in the wild chase for the playoffs in the AFC. A loss could put a serious blow on the Dolphins playoffs chances if the Ravens were to win on Sunday.
The final outcome of this game could rest on the running attack of the Miami Dolphins as the Patriots are ranked 31st in the NFL, giving up 135 yards a game to opposing rushers. If the Dolphins get good contributions from running backs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas, this could be the formula for a Dolphins victory. Don’t count out the aforementioned Ryan Tannehill, as the young quarterback is on a roll and having the best season of his young career.
Prediction: Miami Dolphins 27 New England Patriots: 24