The New England Patriots will have the opportunity of climbing to the top of the AFC if they beat the Miami Dolphins this Sunday, when they clash at 1 PM ET at Sun Life Stadium for the NFL’s week 15.
The Patriots enter this week with a 10-3 record, but knowing the Broncos lost to the Chargers on Thursday Night; New England holds the tiebreaker after beating Denver in week 12.
QB Tom Brady will have to do it without star TE Rob Gronkowski, who is done for the year with a knee injury.
“I mean, it’s disappointing to lose anybody, but we’ve faced that before this year and at different times, so I’d say at least we’re adjusted to it a little bit,” Brady said. “We still have confidence that we can go out and win games.”
Miami needs the win as well as they are fighting for a wildcard spot in the AFC. “All that matters is that with an excellent team coming to town, that’s a full plate,” head coach Joe Philbin said. “We’re going to have to play extremely well. That’s what we have to keep focused on.”
The NFL odds have this game as a pick’em, which means this is the first time New England is not favorite over the Dolphins since 2003. Miami is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing New England, and 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against the Patriots.