Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots: Brady And Co To Put Miami To The Sword
No Rob Gronkowski? No problem for the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick’s side have won without Gronk before and they will win without Gronk again – most neutrals will be confident of a Patriots triumph against Miami on Monday night.
Tom Brady, almost certainly destined to win yet another regular season MVP award, will already have one eye on next week’s mouth-watering contest with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Victory there would see the Patriots control the AFC and home-field advantage for New England in the playoffs usually means a trip to the Super Bowl.
Age is just a number for Brady. He is still capable of playing at an elite level and Belichick has built a dominant offensive line in front of his star quarterback. Brady looks destined to pass the 4,000 passing yards once again this year, even with Gronkowski suspended for this game. The Patriots are stacked on offense and Brady can cope without his top target for one week.
Kenyan Drake was fabulous for Miami against the Denver Broncos last time out, rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown off 23 carries. Two weeks ago, the Dolphins fell short against New England 35-17 at Gillette Stadium but Miami will be hoping for an improved effort on home soil here.
At the time of writing, the Patriots are red hot favourites to win this contest, and rightly so given their recent form. New England’s road record is superb and another AFC East victory beckons. 888sport, a bookmaker reviewed by Betting Top 10, are offering -600 on a Patriots triumph in this encounter.
Anything other than a convincing Patriots win would be a shock here but most fans will be eyeing up next week’s game as the one to watch. Miami shouldn’t offer too much resistance and a comfortable evening may play into New England’s hands next weekend.