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I will break down as usual the game plan for the Patriots heading into tonight’s game.
The Patriots will play the Dolphins inside of Gillette Stadium, where they will try to go for the early sweep of the AFC East divisional opponents.
The Patriots will run Blount run tonight against the Dolphins, who boast the 30th rank run defense. The Patriots have been passing heavy up to this point of the season so I wouldn’t be surprised if that continued, but against this defense, they may try to establish a ground game early and often. The pass will still be featured but maybe tonight it’ll be even with how many times Brady hands the ball off. When they do pass I expect to Brady to get the ball out of his hands quickly, so more of the short passing game will be on display tonight. The wide receivers will have to get open quickly tonight in order for the offense to have success. Look for the same ole same to play a big part tonight for the Pats, Amendola, Edelman, and Gronk.
The Dolphins defense will try to get to Brady and bring the heat, that’s their entire defense, so look for the Pats to counter with quick passes and screens. They will also run right at the Dolphins to try to reel in the aggressiveness of the defense.
The Patriots defense will do two things tonight, prevent the deep plays and blitz the QB. I expect to see a lot more pressure being put on Ryan Tannehill and a lot more blitzes by the defense. They don’t have to really fear their run game like the Jets nor Tannehill running, so blitzing time tonight. They also know the Dolphins offense is built on big plays, whether it be by a deep pass or a player getting a ton YAC, either way the Pats will play to prevent that.
The Pats corner matches up well against the Dolphins wide outs, all around the same size. Butler could get Landry or Ryan could be on him with safety help. Butler could draw Matthews or Ryan could. Either way, it’s a good matchup for the Patriots.
The Dolphins will probably run a lot of crossing routes tonight considering how well that worked for the Jets against Butler and company last week. The Dolphins wide outs can take a crossing route 50 yards for the score, though, so hopefully Butler and company have worked out defending those. To counter such a passing attack, the Pats will blitz.
I like this matchup for the Patriots, but it is a very interesting one, especially with an explosive offense coming to town to test the Pats defense.