Monday Night Football Primer Patriots at Dolphins
A Clash of Old Rivals
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Patriots -11 | Over/Under: 48
Week 14 comes to an end with an AFC East clash, as the New England Patriots travel to Florida to take on the Miami Dolphins. The 10-2 Patriots can clinch a ninth consecutive division title with a win, or may already have sewn up the division if the Buffalo Bills lost to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Dolphins sit at 5-7 and snapped a four-game losing streak last week by beating the Denver Broncos. The Dolphins lead the all-time series lead 52-49 but have lost the last three. The last meeting between the two sides was in Week 12. The Patriots won 35-17.
Jay Cutler threw two touchdowns last week against the Broncos. That was the 5th multi-touchdown game in his last six. He has 1837 passing yards this season, with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Tom Brady leads the NFL with 3632 passing yards. He needs 368 passing yards to reach 4000 for the season. He has eight 4000 yard seasons in his career. Brady is second in the NFL with 26 passing touchdowns. The interception he threw in Week 12 was his only one in his last four games against the Dolphins. In this span, he has thrown 11 touchdowns.
The Dolphins leading rusher is Kenyan Drake, with 320 yards. 120 of those came last week against the Broncos. He has scored a rushing touchdown in each of his last two games. Drake is the most established back on the roster, ever since the Dolphins traded away Jay Ajayi and lost Damien Williams to a shoulder injury. Senorise Perry had five carries for 22 yards against the Broncos. They were the first rushing attempts of his career.
Dion Lewis is the leading rusher among the cartel of backs on the Patriots. He has 590 yards on the ground, with 204 of these in the last two games. Rex Burkhead has scored two touchdowns in each of his last two games. He had a rushing and receiving score against the Dolphins in Week 12. Burkhead has 244 rushing yards as well as 204 receiving this season. James White has the most receptions among the Patriots backs, with 51. But he has just 43 rushing attempts. Despite leading the team with 4 rushing touchdowns and trailing only Lewis with 355 rushing yards Mike Gilislee has not played in the last four games.
The 80 catches Jarvis Landry has this season are the third most in the NFL. He has at least 5 catches in every game this season. He has managed at least six receptions and 70 yards in his last six games against the Patriots. Landry leads the Dolphins in receiving yards with 699. Kenny Stills has a team-high 733 yards and is tied for the team lead with Landry with six touchdowns. 98 of the yards and one of the scores came last week. DeVante Parker had 85 yards in Week 1 but hasn’t had more than 76 in a game since. He has 414 yards this season, with a single touchdown.
Brandin Cooks leads the Patriots with 886 receiving yards from 53 receptions. He has eclipsed 85 yards in three of his last five games away from Gillette Stadium. His five touchdown receptions are the second most on the team. Former Dolphin Chris Hogan also has five touchdowns, along with 33 catches and 438 yards. Hogan has not played since Week 8. Danny Amendola has 46 catches for 489 yards, his 3rd best in a season as a Patriot, along with 2 touchdowns. Acquired in a trade prior to the season, Phillip Dorsett has only 7 catches and 140 yards this year.
Last weeks score was Julius Thomas’s third in his last five games. He had 52 yards against the Patriots in Week 12. These were the most yards allowed to team tight ends by the Patriots since Week 6. His tally of 37 catches is 3rd on the team. Only three players have more yards than his 362.
The Patriots will be without Rob Gronkowski after he was suspended following his hit on TreDavious White of the Bills last week. He takes a team-leading 55 receptions, 849 yards and seven touchdowns to the sidelines. Former Colts tight end Dwayne Allen should replace him in the lineup. He has just five receptions for 40 yards this season.
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