Mi­ami not a place Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back has ex­celled in

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY MIKE SHALIN


Tom Brady has one sim­ple an­swer to why his New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots have strug­gled in Mi­ami.

“They play well and we don’t,” Brady said Fri­day.

He was smil­ing, but you know - and he knows - win­ning in Mi­ami is one thing in a bril­liant ca­reer that Brady hasn’t been able to do con­sis­tently. Look at the num­bers:

-Brady is 7-9 at Mi­ami, where the Pa­tri­ots have lost four of the last five years. He is 15-1 against the Dol­phins at home.

-Brady has lost seven ca­reer games in De­cem­ber, five of them at Mi­ami.

-Brady is 79-19 against the AFC East in the reg­u­lar sea­son, with 10 of the losses com­ing at the hands of the Dol­phins, a team he has beaten 22 times.

“Re­gard­less, none of that stuff mat­ters,” Brady said. “This week it’s re­ally this team against that team and we’re go­ing to have to play well. They play good at home, they’re 5-1, they’ve got a good de­fence . we’ve got a big chal­lenge. Should be fun.”

And the Pa­tri­ots are favoured to win this game, which would give them their 10th straight AFC East ti­tle, the 18th in 25 years un­der owner Robert Kraft.

The divi­sion is con­sis­tently the most lop­sided in foot­ball - and New Eng­land has dom­i­nated.

But not in the Florida sunshine.

“We’ve tried a bunch of dif­fer­ent things over the years,” Brady said of prepa­ra­tion for this an­nual visit, which has also in­cluded prac­tic­ing in­doors with the heat cranked up. “We’ve gone down there Thurs­day night and prac­ticed Fri­day, gone down there Fri­day night af­ter prac­tice, stayed there Satur­day. It’s just re­ally about play­ing good when it comes down to it; there’s no magic for­mula.”

This week, the Pa­tri­ots, who have won eight of their last nine games, have been work­ing in the New Eng­land cold.


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