Dec 30, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) greets Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) after the game at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 28-0. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots: game preview, odds and prediction

After dropping a game last weekend to the New York Jets, the New England Patriots will look to avoid losing two straight games in the AFC East for the first time since 2006 when they host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Even the return of Rob Gronkowski last week couldn’t get the Patriots offense moving at a more rapid pace, but that may still be something that comes with time as he gets integrated back into the offense after coming back from the injury.

The defense, especially against the run, is a concern. The Pats are 31st in the league against the run, but luckily they’re matched up this week against a Dolphins team that’s nearly as bad running the ball, averaging a meager 78 yards per game.

At 3-3, this needs to be a good starting point for Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill to start to show some consistency. Through six games, he’s already been intercepted six times. With a running game that may as well be non-existent, Tannehill has to protect that ball a lot better, especially in crucial, divisional games.

Prediction: Dolphins 24, Patriots 17

Here is the information you will need to make sure you catch Sunday afternoon’s Week 8 match up between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots:

Date: Sunday, Oct. 27

Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Location: Foxboro, Massachusetts

Stadium: Gillette Stadium

TV Info: CBS

Live Stream: Direc TV NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Game Rewind following the game

Who do you think will come away from today’s game with the win? Sound off in the comments section below and share your thoughts and predictions.

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    No way the Phins come away with a win this Sunday….it should be another close hard fought game for the Pats. 27-23 Pats.

  • heychrissmith

    *Sniffle* Jack you make me proud with this call. It’s so hard to call anything AGAINST Tom Brady. But… IF there is a game for the Fins backs to break out, it’s against a defense weak against the run, and one that is now without Wilfork, Mayo, and Kelly. If Miller + Thomas don’t have 15-20 carries a piece there will be a problem. Running the ball against this team will set up a lot of those 3rd down plays that Brandon Gibson and Brian Hartline have been so good on.

    And hopefully with Aqib Talib out, that will allow Mike Wallace to stretch the field and (maybe just once) hold on to a deep ball.

    I like the call on the score. But if the Dolphins lose this game, it’ll be their fault. It’s theirs to lose against an ailing (but still good) Patriots team. I give the Pats 21 pts in this game, could potentially be another OT loss for the Pats as well.