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The Teams: Miami Dolphins (0-2) At New England Patriots (2-0)
The Terms: Regular Season Week 3
The Place: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass
The Time: 1:00pm
The Channel: CBS
3 Burning Questions:
With LaMont Jordan (foot) listed as doubtful and Laurence Maroney (shoulder) questionable for today’s game it will be up to Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk to carry the load. They each bring different qualities to the table, Morris is more of the pounding runner inside and we all know Faulk’s value on third down runs and catches out of the backfield. With Maroney failing to impress so far this year it’s been Morris, Faulk and Jordan each having solid chunks of contribution. If he garners a lot of carries Morris has the potential to run for 100 yards, especially against his old team the Dolphins.
This match up sounds like one that could give the Patriots problems as Bill Parcells makes yet another return to the Commonwealth. But as it was last week, the match ups on paper favor the Pats all over the field. There aren’t enough weapons on the Dolphins roster to overtake the bend-don’t-break defense the Patriots have and the diversity on the offensive side of the ball. The Patriots have a bye week next week so there is no reason to hold back in this one, and if Cassel and the offense get off to a good start it could be a decisive win at The Razor.
Patriots 31, Dolphins 20
Tags: Asante Samuel, Bill Parcells, Brett Favre, Chad Pennington, Deltha O'Neal, Ellis Hobbs, Josh McDaniels, Kevin Faulk, Lamont Jordan, Laurence Maroney, Matt Cassel, Randy Moss, Sammy Morris, Ted Ginn Jr.