Miami faces a daunting task of going to New England with a beat up linebacker core and fading defensive line. The Patriots will most likely be able to have their way with Miami. More signs are indicating the team is starting to quit on Philbin. So this brings up an interesting scenario for this game. If New England pulls out to a big lead, what will Bill Belichick choose to do? Normally he would run the score up as revenge for the early season loss. However, if New England chooses to embarrass Miami this game say some something like 42-14. The aftermath will be more severe, more players will begin to speak out, coaches will start to position for new jobs etc. If New England takes mercy on them and just runs the ball most of the 4th quarter and runs the clock out for a loss more like 28-14, then the backlash may not be as severe. Joe could possibly hold the team together and win the last two games to finish 9-7. That may be enough to sell Ross on keeping him. In other words, Bill Belichick may very well be staring across the sideline in the middle of the 3rd quarter at Joe looking sunken and “queasy” and he will need to choose if he should put us out of our misery and run it up to get rid of Joe, or he may just choose to go easy because he really wants “queasy Joe” back again next year. Watch New England in the 4th, if they are slow in the huddle and running the clock down, you know that Belichick wants another year of Philbin.