With the Patriots struggling on 3rd down this season, playing the Dolphins this week may be helpful. According to an article in the Miami Herald, Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said that they stink on 3rd down. More specifically he said that they are guilty of "giving up leaky yardage in the run game". With the Patriots having an almost invisible run game, this should be a perfect chance for the offense to get things going.
MIAMI DEFENSE- Last December Xavien Howard picked off 2 Tom Brady passes. In his 4 games against the Patriots he has 4 pass deflections to go with those 2 interceptions. In his 17 career games against the Patriots, Cameron Wake has had 10.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Ideally the Patriots keep these two players from making big plays and play to the Dolphins' weakness of allowing running backs to be on the receiving end of touchdown passes.
JOSH GORDON- Personally, I don't care if Josh Gordon is 100% or not. Suiting him up for 2 or 3 plays which won't worsen his injury is more beneficial than whoever else the Patriots have at the bottom of today's game day roster. He can minimally be used as a decoy for at lease one play without putting his hammy in any sort of danger. Assuming the team can actually get into the red zone today, his presence on plays deep in the red zone will put touchdowns on the board. .
PATRIOTS OFFENSE- If McDaniels can change his regular season ways of trying to "get everyone going" and just go with something until it's not there, I think the Patriots will move the chains a lot better. Another thing they need to step away from is attempting to get first downs exactly at the yard marker. While Edelman and Amendola are really good at catching the ball for those first down plays, this year's roster has been coming up inches short pretty consistently.