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Gameday- Dolphins seek 4-0 start at New England

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Who: Dolphins (3-0) at Patriots (1-2)

When: Sunday 1 p.m.

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

Spread: Patriots by 7 points (Courtesy

What to watch in this one:

Can Dolphins remain unbeaten?

The Dolphins 3-0 for the first time in five years and it will be no easy task to remain that way, when taking on the top franchise of this century in the NFL. The Patriots are wounded, having lost two straight games and return home looking to right the ship.

The Dolphins have been winning with a mix of big plays and timely takeaways, so far. However, both of those will be hard to come by against a Hall of Fame quarterback in Tom Brady and one of the best defensive minds ever in Bill Belichick.

If they play well and get the victory, it will be one of the most unlikely 4-0 starts in recent NFL history.

Will Brady play like Brady Sunday?

It’s obvious that New England needs a jump start and their quarterback is the most likely candidate to give it to them. The Patriots are dropped back-to-back games and have only lost 3 straight games with Brady at the helm one other time and it was 16 seasons ago.

Miami has to be ready for Brady to go to his assortment of receivers, which includes the best pass catching big man in football, Rob Gronkowski.

There should also be a steady diet of throwing the ball to Dion Lewis out of the backfield in an attempt to get some easy completions and sustain some drives. You heard

If the Dolphins can’t hold down Brady they likely lose this one.

Pressure without having to Blitz much

One blueprint from last December’s Dolphins upset of the Patriots on Monday Night Football was Miami’s ability to consistently pressure knock down and sack Brady without having to blitz. Granted, it’s a new season, but the same kind of success will go a long way towards the fens winning this one.

Can the likes of Robert Quinn, Cam Wake, Charles Harris and others consistently harass Brady without defensive coordinator Matt Burke having to bring extra linebackers safeties, etc. regularly to help?

We are about to find out.

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