TELEVISION: This week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience by CBS on Sunday, October 27 at1:00 PM EDT and can be seen in Boston on WBZ-TV Channel 4. Jim Nantz will handle play-by-play duties with Phil Simms providing color. The game will be produced by Lance Barrow and directed by Mike Arnold.
NATIONAL RADIO: This week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience by ESPN Radio. Ryan Ruocco and Bill Polian will call the game. Ian Fitzsimmons will report from the sidelines.
RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network’s 37 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci will call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis.
The Patriots and Dolphins are all of a sudden in a huge game this Sunday in Miami.
The Patriots now control their own destiny for the number one seed and if they lose they are in serious danger of dropping to the 3rd seed and losing a bye week altogether. They can also clinch a playoff spot and win the division if they win Sunday.
The Dolphins need to win out to win a wildcard spot in the playoffs as they are currently fighting with the Ravens and Chargers for that right.
This is a must win divisional game for both teams.
The Dolphins have been clicking on offense lately and their defensive line has been stout all season.
The Patriots in their last 3 games have been starting off real slow on offense and having to dig their selves out of big holes and their defense has been shaky in all areas as well.
The Patriots are staggering right now at the wrong time and need to figure things out because if they keep playing like this then it will eventually catch up with them and cost them a game. And that will be the difference from playing at home through the playoffs or on the road.
Here are the 3 keys to the game.
- The Patriots need to stop starting the game off going slow – huddle offense because their just not that effective doing it. This is one of the reasons why they are starting off slow because they usually play the first half in huddle offense and there offense is ineffective because of it. Not the entire reason but a big chunk of it. In the second half they go no huddle and all of a sudden they are scoring in bunches and mounting another improbable comeback. Since it’s that effective I really don’t understand why they don’t do it more in the 1st half.
Now we are in a must win situation for the Pats so they should quit playing around on offense and go no huddle.
The key to a win and well oiled offense is the no huddle.
Protect Tom Brady
- In their first meeting this season Brady spent a lot of time on the ground in the first half with a throwing hand the size of a softball. Not good and no wonder the offense struggled in the first half. This time Brady has been limited in practice because of a banged up right shoulder so it becomes even more important to protect him. Brady doesn’t need to feel uncomfortable back there with a hurt shoulder because that is when mistakes happen. If they keep Brady upright then Brady and the offense will put up enough points to win.
Brady has been banged up for most of the season thanks in large part to shaky line play. They need to get their act together before the post season and before this game so New England can get that bye week.
Secondary must step up
- The secondary has been faltering as of late and they need to get back in good form against Miami. Miami will be warm and they love to go the air to assault the defense with weapons like Wallace, Hartline, and Clay.
The secondary wasn’t great when they needed to be against Carolina, they did great against Denver, and then was horrible against the Texans and Browns.
The Texans was able to get deep plays on them and put up 30 points with a rookie QB and the Browns have 2 weapons and both ran wild on New England.
Talib has been having trouble with speedsters and it might be due to his injured hip so I would keep him away from Mike Wallace this Sunday and stick him on Brian Hartline. I fully believe Talib can shutdown Hartline and keep one of Tannehill’s favorite targets out of the game.
They must play better to give the Patriots a chance.