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Dolphins Vs Patriots: 3 Players To Watch

Dolphins Vs Patriots for the 2nd time this season. (Photo By: David Silverman)

Dolphins Vs Patriots for the 2nd time this season.
(Photo By: David Silverman)

The Patriots take on the Dolphins this Sunday in an AFC East battle and with a win the Pats will  kill the hope the Dolphins have of making it into the postseason. The Pats will also keep their number one seed in the postseason.

There are 3 very important players for the Patriots that have to play well for the Patriots to win.

1. CB Kyle Arrington: The Patriots will probably put Revis on Wallace, they could put Browner on him, but I think its Revis against Wallace for the majority of the day and Browner on TE Charles Clay or wide out Brian Hartline. I think either Arrington, Butler, or Ryan could be asked to cover the very speedy Jarvis Landry. He’s the number two guy for Tannehill and he has unbelievable speed. He can take a 5 yard play and turn it into a 80 yard touchdown. The Pats number 3 guy struggled against the Packers, so I’ll be worried whenever they get tasked with a very good player like Landry. He’s caught 63 passes for 573 yards and 5 touchdowns this season. Arrington has the size and speed to stick with Landry and so does Ryan which is why I think we will see one of the two on him. They can also be given safety help to prevent the big plays. As always, the Pats will mix and match the coverage from time to time, but I expect one of the two to be on Landry and they have to win the battle. I expect Revis to shut down Wallace so Ryan or Arrington has to do their part and shut down Landry and Hartline. Can’t let Tannehill succeed with his number 2 or 3 guys.

2. TE Rob Gronkowski: He will face a tough and interesting matchup this Sunday when he takes on a very tall SS in Reshad Jones. He has 62 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 7 passes defended. He’s also 6’1 and 215 pounds. It will be interesting to say the least. Gronk will need to get open and help out Brady, who will undoubtedly look for the tight end. Jones is good and will try to pick off Brady and succeed if Gronk can’t get open fast enough or make some great catches for his QB. Gronk needs to beat Jones because if he can the Pats can dominate.

3. OL Nate Solder: He has to play better than he played these last few games, especially the one against the Chargers. He has to protect his QB more. Vollmer will be dealing with Wake, which will be tough, and on the other side Solder will deal with Vernon. A pass rushing machine who has 6.5 sacks this season, 2 FF, 1 KB, and 42 tackles. He had a sack against Brady and the Patriots during the first meeting. Protecting Brady is always a must and if the Pats want to win, Solder needs to pull his weight.


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