Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are coming off a big win in “Tebowland.” Denver won six consecutive games before losing to the conference’s best. A big help in the victory came from tight-end Aaron Hernandez, who tallied for 129 yards and one touchdown. The Miami Dolphins have been playing pretty decent as of late including a huge win in cold Buffalo. In the victory, Dolphins’ running back Reggie Bush rushed for 203 yards (career-best) and is now 27 yards shy of a 1,000 yard season.
The Miami Dolphins have nothing to lose as their playoff chances have quickly vanished. On the bright side, the Dolphins’ fan base saw some great preparation out of interim coach Todd Bowles in last week’s victory and look to keep the wins coming. The Patriots have been on fire as of late and could keep the fire going into the playoffs with 13 wins.
With that, there are going to be key match-ups favoring both of the teams in the battle.
Matt Moore vs. Tom Brady:
Moore has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the AFC this season. The South Florida team has looked for a quarterback they can count on and Moore is making a case as I have said in my previous posts. Moore and Brandon Marshall’s connection is on-point as with Chad Henne, it is not as close. The long ball is working and very accurate to the Dolphins’ receivers Brandon Marshall, Charles Clay, Brian Hartline, and Davone Bess.
Tom Brady has been one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL this season, if not the best. His two friendliest targets are tight-ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Both have a total of 21 touchdowns in the 2011-12 season. Brady has distributed 351 completions for 4,593 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. The question is, who has the edge? I would say Brady, whenever you have number 12 on your side you can’t go wrong.
Reggie Bush vs. the Patriots’ defensive line:
Miami is ranked 7th in NFL rushing yards this season. Reggie Bush is 27 yards shy of the 1,000 yard count. This has been a definite breakout season for the sixth year veteran. In the past three games, he has tallied over 100 yards (vs. Raiders: 100, vs. Eagles: 103, and vs. Bills: 203). The Patriots running defense has been lacking this season and looks to get worse ranked 19th in the NFL. This season there has been an invisible force on the defensive line for the Pats, having trouble to get around the blocks. I would say Reggie Bush has the edge. He is reading all the blocks correctly and is moving north and south instead of east and west (applause).
Miami Dolphins’ defense vs. The Patriots offense:
The Dolphins’ defense has quietly been one of the most dominant defenses in the NFL. They are ranked 3rd in opposition rushing yards and look to continue the dominance in stopping the run this week against Patriots’ running back Benjarvis Green-Ellis. However, the past defense has been awful, ranked 25th in the NFL. The Patriots haven’t been on the defense but there offense is the best offenses in the league. The defense will come to play but it will be tough to the pour the water on the hot Patriots.
Prediction: MIA 27 NE 21