The New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins face off against one another later on tonight in an AFC East divisional clash that could have huge repercussions on not just the division, but the rest of the NFL.
Highlighted on primetime, the Patriots could hand the Dolphins their fourth loss of the season, the first under new head coach Dan Campbell, and pretty much secure the AFC East title at the halfway mark of the season.
The Dolphins, on the other hand, could issue the Patriots their first loss of the season, ending their chances of repeating another undefeated regular season like they did in 2007. Here are three things to look out for.
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We've already mentioned how the Patriots are playing excellently this season, and their marching towards another undefeated season push. Head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have rallied the troops and they're on their way towards another playoff push after all the battles they had to fight during the offseason.
Currently 6-0, the Patriots have already seen off two divisional rivals. Brady is playing very well and is able to spread the ball around a lot to the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis, and most recently, Danny Amendola. Soon, Brandon LaFell will be getting his fair share after his recent return to action.
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The Dolphins have changed things to a much simpler system under Campbell, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill is thriving underneath it. He just set an NFL record with 25 consecutive completions, that went for 409 yards and six touchdowns.
The emergence of Rishard Matthews and Jarvis Landry have helped that process. Alongside how well Miller is running the ball, which we'll talk about in the next paragraph, this could be a team to watch out for in the latter half of this season.
Run Miller, Run
Miller has been able to flourish under Campbell's coaching. 33 carries for 288 yards and two touchdowns, and also five catches for 66 yards and one touchdown in the last one and a half games. Not bad considering he is almost half way towards reaching his rushing yards total from last season of 1,099 yards after six games.
If he is able to run for over 100 yards tonight, this will be the first time in his career he has had three 100+ rushing yards games in a row. Miller might finally have a head coach that can utilize his talents correctly on offense. If they are able to run the ball, they are able to control the game, and keep Brady off the field.
Passing for glory, but not too much
We all know Brady is amazing at passing the ball, but he can't do that too much against the Dolphins tonight due to the pass rush they have. They only handed the ball off five times against the New York Jets last weekend, so they need to use their running backs more.
However, when they do pass the ball, it should be easy for Brady so long as his offensive line gives him time. There aren't many threats in the Dolphins secondary other than Brent Grimes, so completions shouldn't be too few and far between, unlike last week.