Miami not a place Patriots quarterback has excelled in
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.