NFL Previews: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins


The New England Patriots start their 2014 season traveling to Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida to face the Miami Dolphins Sunday.

The New England Patriots finished their 2013 season at 12-4 overall and 4-2 in the AFC East. New England was led by quarterback Tom Brady with 4343 passing yards and 25 TDs. In addition, Steven Ridley led the rushing attack was 178 carries and seven TDs.

The Patriots defense was ranked 26th in the NFL last season. They were led by Dont’a Hightower was 55 solo tackles and 97 total tackles. Logan Ryan led the Patriots with 5 interceptions

The Miami Dolphins finished the 2013 season at 8-8 overall and 2-4 in the AFC East. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill led the Dolphins with 3913 passing yards and 24 TDs. In addition, Brian Hartline led the Dolphins with 1016 receiving yards and 4 TDs. The Dolphins acquired RB Knowshon Moreno from the Broncos, in the offseason.

The Miami Dolphins defense was ranked 21st in the NFL last season. They were led by Phillip Wheeler with 83 solo tackles and 118 total tackles. Brent Grimes led the team with 4 interceptions.

Keys to New England win

New England is going need quarterback Tom Brady to play his usual game of hitting Rob Gronkowski his tight end, while mixing the pass and run. The Patriots defense will need to play pressure Tannehill to make him throw hurriedly and makes mistakes.

Keys to Miami win

The Dolphins are going to need quarterback Ryan Tannehill to play well and not turn the ball over. In addition, they will also need Knowshon Moreno to rush well and keep the offense on the field.

Keys Injuries

New England

Chris Jones, Michael Buchanan, Brandon Browner, Greg Orton, Tyler Gaffney


Billy Turner, Phillip Wheeler, A.J. Francis, Arthur Lynch, Dion Jordan, Jordan Tripp, Mike Gillislee, Mike Pouncey, Reshad Jones, Terrence Fede


New England -4


New England will pull this game out late in Miami, with another heroic finish by Brady. Look for the game to remain close with the defenses of both teams dominating.

About James Rhodes

James is an American born sports writer that covers all sports and has a passion for football at every level He began his journalism career then and has been published on numerous sports websites and publications

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