“You face teams all of the time that are coming off injuries,” Tannehill said. “That’s part of being in the NFL.”
DOLPHINS’ RUNNING GAME: Miami might rely more on its ground game. The Patriots have been vulnerable to the run up the middle with Wilfork and Kelly sidelined. The Dolphins tend to abandon the running game with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas even when it’s going well, but Belichick is impressed with “how many yards those guys make after contact, how many yards those guys make on their own.”
The Dolphins averaged 4.8 yards per rush against Buffalo’s weak run defense, but ran the ball only 25 times and called 39 pass plays.
ONE-SIDED RIVALRY: The Patriots have won their last six games against the Dolphins by a combined score of 195-85. Only eight current Dolphins have been on a Miami team that beat New England. Brady is 16-6 against the Dolphins and 9-1 in the last 10 games, including a 28-0 win last Dec. 30 in which he completed 61 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
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