Have you ever felt that a particular trend has run its course, or that some equilibrium will soon be brought back into the mix? That is how Miami Fans feel about this game, this series and the future strengths of these programs. The Miami Dolphins are a deeper and a more talented team from top to bottom - except in two very critical areas: 1. Quarterback. 2. Game time coaching and play calling.
Let's think about this. Except for the QB position, name one player on the Patriot's squad you would rather have more than is already on the Dolphins team. Looking up and down the New England roster it is hard to find better talent than the Dolphins have: With Gronkowski, Mayo, Wilfork, Kelly, and Vollmer all on season ending injured reserve, how can anyone believe that the Patriot's roster is better than Miami's. IT IS NOT!
At the beginning of the season, it was widely reasoned that coaching would be the only reason the Miami Dolphins would not make the playoffs. There is nothing that has happened thus far this season that should change that thinking. For Miami to win this game Sunday, December 15th, 2013 against New England, the Dolphins must out-coach the Patriots. Miami's staff has had the better part of two years to work out the wrinkles. They must step-up. The players can execute. Mike Sherman must call an excellent game and make the adjustments as New England makes theirs. Kevin Coyle must send plays in faster and get his team in the right sets to successfully defend against Brady and company. The thinking here is that the Dolphins brain trust have been building to this moment in time and this moment in the season in which they can catapult themselves into the national discussion of legitimate playoff teams.
Miami will win this game. The final score will be close to Miami 35 - New England 24. The final Patriot's score will simply be a junk time score with no impact on the game.