The end of Week 14 caps off with the New England Patriots 10-2 traveling to Miami and taking on the 5-9 Dolphins. The Patriots will essentially clinch the division with a win and end the Dolphins playoff hopes as well. The Patriots have won their last 8 games after going 2-2 in the first 4 games and will look to win their 9th straight while the Dolphins will look to carry over their dominant defensive performance against the Broncos last week into this week’s game against Tom Brady. So here’s what to be aware of in this AFC East tilt.
1. Tom Brady Vs Miami Defense
Tom Brady will be looking to keep his MVP-like season going against the Dolphins like he did in their first game where he threw for 227 yards and 4 TDs. He faces a defense that now ranks 15th in passing yards per game allowed (223.4). The Dolphins defense has a huge task ahead of them and will look to pull of a huge upset against the Patriots but they will need to apply pressure on him to really throw him off his game.
2. Rex Burkhead
Burkhead has been playing well especially in the last 2 games and where he has scored 2 TDs in those games. He’ll most likely be called upon yet again and will look to score 2 more TDs against a Dolphins defense that ranks 21st in rushing yards per game allowed (116.5). It’ll be interesting to see this matchup unfold as the Dolphins will know to stop him and the run game first.
3. Jay Cutler and the Offense
Jay Cutler will look to stop turning the ball over like he did last week if he wants any chance of upsetting the Patriots. He threw 2 interceptions in a win against the Broncos last week but the offense did manage to muster over 350 yards against the Broncos last week. Cutler faces a Patriots defense that ranks 29th in passing yards per game allowed (254.9) but the team is really playing better than that ranking suggests. We’ll see how this matchup ends up on Monday Night.
Bold Prediction: Brady throws for 4 more TDs and 300 yards in a blowout win against the Dolphins.