Patriots (9-3) at Dol­phins (6-6)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - Week 14 Matchups - Ant­wan Sta­ley

W ....... Ten­nessee ....... 27-20 W ...... atN.Y.Jets ...... 20-12 W ......... Oak­land ......... 28-20 L .... at New Eng­land .... 38-7 L ...... at Cincin­nati ...... 27-17 W .... Chicago .... 31-28 (OT) L ........... Detroit ........... 32-21 L ........ at Hous­ton ........ 42-23 W .......... N.Y. Jets .......... 13-6 L ..... at Green Bay ..... 31-12 Nov. 18 .............. Bye ............. L .... at In­di­anapo­lis .... 27-24 W .......... Buf­falo .......... 21-17 Dec. 9 ..... New Eng­land ..... 1 Dec. 16 .... at Min­nesota .... 1 Dec. 23 ..... Jack­sonville ..... 1 Dec. 30 ....... at Buf­falo ....... 1

Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, Hard Rock Sta­dium, Mi­ami Gar­dens, Fla. TV: CBS

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 8

Patriots’ keys to vic­tory: Get TE Rob Gronkowski in­volved early and of­ten. The Dol­phins have had problems cover­ing tight ends, and this sea­son is no differ­ent. Against the Colts dur­ing Week 12, TEs Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle com­bined for nine re­cep­tions, 61 yards and three touch­downs. So ex­pect Gronkowski to have a big day against the Dol­phins’ lineback­ers.

Dol­phins’ keys to vic­tory: Get­ting pres­sure on Tom Brady is al­ways the key. That sounds eas­ier than it is, but DEs Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn (com­bined eight sacks, 20 QB hits) prob­a­bly will need to have their best games of the sea­son against the Patriots’ offen­sive line. If the Dol­phins’ de­fen­sive line can gen­er­ate consistent pres­sure on Brady, that could force turnovers.

Matchup to watch: Ryan Tan­nehill against Patriots’ pass de­fense: In last De­cem­ber’s game against the Patriots at Hard Rock Sta­dium, QB Jay Cut­ler torched the Patriots de­fense for 263 yards and three touch­downs in a 27-20 up­set. Tan­nehill likely will need to put up sim­i­lar num­bers to come away with a vic­tory. In the Dol­phins’ vic­to­ries with him un­der cen­ter, Tan­nehill has been efficient, for the most part, and they will need him to do that against a very good Patriots team.

Who wins? The Patriots have strug­gled in re­cent years in Mi­ami, los­ing four of their last five games there. But New Eng­land is the bet­ter team, is healthy and should have enough fire­power on offense and de­fense to come away with the road vic­tory.

Patriots, 31-23 Patriots

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