After a tough last minute loss on the road against the Seattle Seahawks last week, it doesn’t get any easier for the Miami Dolphins this week. That is because they travel again as they head to New England to take on the Patriots
Even though Tom Brady is still out serving his suspension, the Patriots won’t be an easy out for the Dolphins. In fact, the last time the Dolphins beat the Patriots at New England was back in 2008. That was the game where the Dolphins broke out the Wild Cat formation, helping them to a 38-13 victory. Unfortunately, neither the Wild Cat nor the Dolphins have performed very well in New England since. If anyone is counting, the Patriots have beaten the Dolphins in New England 7 times in a row.
This series started in Miami’s first year of existence in 1966 when the Boston Patriots came down to Miami and beat the rookie franchise 20-14 at the Orange Bowl. These teams have since met and played twice a season, with the Dolphins holding a 53-48 series lead. The Dolphins and Patriots have also met in the playoffs 3 times.
The Patriots hold the edge there, 2-1 over Miami. Some of the more memorable games start with the Dolphins 52-0 victory over the Patriots in 1972 at the Orange Bowl. Another memorable game occurred 10 years later in the snow at New England. In that game a prisoner on work release driving a snow plow cleared a spot on the frozen field in the 4 th quarter, so Patriots kicker John Smith could kick a field goal. That field goal proved to be the winning points in the Patriots 3-0 victory over Miami.
In 1994, the Patriots traveled to Miami for the season opener. This game is remembered for two things. Dan Marino making his come-back from an Achilles injury in 1993, and Dan Marino making a touchdown throw on 4 th and 5 to receiver Irving Fryar to give the Dolphins the lead and eventual win, 39-35. Fryar, a former Patriot had 211 yards receiving that day, including 3 touchdown catches from Marino. More recently dating back to 2010 the Patriots have beaten the Dolphins in 9 of the 12 games played. They certainly have the Dolphins number, especially in the Tom Brady era. It should be an interesting game on Sunday as there are many unknowns. Will the Dolphins offense finally break out and score points? Will the Dolphins defense be just as stout? (excluding the Seahawks final drive).
How will Patriots QB Garoppolo play in place of Tom Brady? Will TE Rob Gronkowski play at all? These questions and more will be answered on Sunday afternoon in New England…