TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Weather: High 84, Low 64
Line: New England (-2)
Being one of the best teams in the NFL, the New England Patriots are looking to win a Super Bowl for the fourth time since 2001. Tom Brady continues to be talked about as the best quarterback in the NFL right now in terms of winning and you can’t argue with his 10-3 record on the season despite a depleted roster. Brady has passed for 3,685 yards and 21 touchdowns on the season, hitting Julian Edelman 76 times for 775 yards and five touchdowns. Brady had tight end Rob Gronkowski back for over a month, but a recent ACL tear has ended the big tight end’s year after posting 592 yards and four touchdowns after missing the first month or so of the season. Stevan Ridley leads the run game with 611 yards and seven touchdowns on 4.3 yards per carry.
The Miami Dolphins have been on a roll recently and after a slow month in which they lost multiple games in a row, now posting a 7-6 record. The Dolphins are now in second place in the division and it looks like Ryan Tannehill and company are finally hitting their strides. Tannehill has passed for 3,315 yards and 20 touchdowns on the year, hitting Brian Hartline 67 times for 855 yards and four scores. Mike Wallace has been somewhat disappointing this season, catching just 58 passes for 762 yards and three touchdowns. Lamar Miller leads the run game with just 567 yards and two touchdowns on four yards per carry.
Defensively, the Patriots have been solid at keeping teams out of the endzone this season but have struggled at slowing teams down. New England ranks 10th in points allowed per game but they also rank 24th in total yards allowed per game. Miami has been somewhat the same as the Patriots on defense, ranking ninth in points allowed per game and 16th in total yards allowed.
PREDICTION: Patriots 28, Dolphins 20
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