With the Pats losing last Monday to the Saints, the Dolphins really missed out on crucial opportunity to make the stakes for this week's game the division lead when they lost to the Bills. Now, they have to win just to say alive for the wildcard spot.
New England is obviously a much better team than they showed against the Saints, and no one should expect them to play so poorly two weeks in a row.
As usual, New England will score its points, especially against Miami's porous defense. The key will be to get a turnover or two in the midst of the scoring to at least give the offense a chance to catch up.
I just don't think the Dolphins will be able to pull off the upset, and if that's the case, their playoff chances are probably shot.
I'm picking the Patriots to win. My season record predicting the Dolphins is 8-3.
Miami's playoff chances currently stand at 10.4%