Patriots A Subpar Road Team

The Patriots are not a good road team, just take a look at their recent track record. Monday night, they're going to have to bring their A game.

Septembers in Miami are seasonally uncomfortable if you happen to wear a Patriots uniform. New England has always struggled against the Dolphins in Southern Florida, particularly within the first two months of the season when the temperature and humidity tend to be unbearable.

These days, any venue outside of New England has been unbearable for the Patriots given their 2-7 road record dating back to last season. So far in 2010, they're 0-1 away from Gillette Stadium after suffering a loss to the Jets in New York.

On Monday, they prepare for the always-difficult task of facing the Dolphins at home, which becomes even tougher with the spotlight of a national television audience shining down from above.

"We're 0-1 this year and this is a totally different team than last year," Tom Brady said. "We played one game on the road this year and it was a meaningful game. We played well in the first half and we didn't play well in the second half and we lost.

"We've got to play 60 minutes of football. You can't expect to go out on the field and miss the holes and turn the ball over and not score in the red area, not play well [in certain situations] and win the game. We can't make mistakes. When you're on the road the momentum is tough to gain and it's pretty easy to give away."

Brady, for all his glory in the past, has had his share of nightmares in Miami, particularly in December of 2004 when he threw four interceptions in a 29-28 loss in which the Dolphins rallied from an 11-point deficit with three minutes to go.

Again, the past is the past, and while this Miami team is certainly better than the 2004 cast of characters, the Patriots understand the importance of this early-season divisional matchup. They've already dropped one game to an AFC East rival. A loss Monday would put them at 1-2 within the division while the Jets are 2-0 after beating the Dolphins last week.

While it's certainly not as important as a December game with playoff implications, this one could mean a lot in determining how potential tiebreakers shake out toward the end of the season in what figures to be a close race for first place.

"I think what it means is that there's not a lot of margin for error down there," Brady said. "So as an offense, we understand, they're a good defense and they play well at home.

"It's a tough contest because every time we go down there, we play those guys, in my experience here whether it's home or away, we've always had some great battles with the Dolphins. I'm sure this will be no different."

This report courtesy of The Sports Xchange

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