Curran's Patriots-Dolphins Preview: Expecting a defensive battle originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
It ain’t over yet! For the Patriots to make the postseason, two of the following four things have to happen.
Browns lose their final three
Colts OR Titans lose their final three
Dolphins lose at least two of their final three
Ravens lose at least two of their final three
Uphill climb? Yeah. But the list of necessary help was five items long on Thursday. It shrunk when the Raiders lost. So the Patriots are on a scenario roll.
Of course, New England has to win each of its final three. And that process starts Sunday at Miami where they play the 8-5 Dolphins, recipients of a 21-11 scolding from New England in the season opener. A lot’s changed for both teams since then. Miami, since an 0-2 start has lost to Kansas City, Seattle and at Denver. No shame in those. The Patriots lost to all three as well. And they’ve easily handled teams the Patriots lost to – San Fran, the Rams.
The Dolphins, however you slice it, are a better team than New England. But will they be better Sunday?