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After last weeks emphatic win (that saying is getting old) over the Cowboys the Patriots now face a trip to Dolphin Stadium in Miami – a place where the Patriots have routinely found it difficult to leave South Beach with a win.
The big news today is that running back Laurence Maroney will play for the first time in four weeks after missing games with a groin injury. His return comes at a perfect time as Sammy Morris could miss a month with a chest injury.
The Dolphins are 0-6 and have very few weapons. Standout wide receiver Chris Chambers was just traded to the San Diego Chargers for a second round draft pick and QB Trent Green was placed on injured reserve with a serious concussion. RB Ronnie Brown seems to be the only offensive weapon to worry about.
3 Keys to the Game:
The Dolphins have never started a season 0-7, but this is the year. Whatever bad luck the Pats have had in the past in Miami, this team is simply too skilled and will overpower the lowly ‘Phins. The Pats plundered the Dolphins of two of their offensive weapons in Wes Welker and Sammy Morris, and with Miami trading their only respectable WR (sorry Tedy Ginn Jr.), the Pats just need to stop Ronnie Brown to stop the Dolphin offense. DE Jason Taylor is still an all-pro caliber player, but there just isn’t enough around him to threaten the Patriots perfect season.
Patriots 41, Dolphins 14