Well I usually write about what the Patriots need to do in order to win a game, today is the combo of winning and getting out of Miami in good shape and ready for the bye in the playoffs.
QUICK OFFENSE- After hosting a bowl game, the middle of the field is a hot mess. With a messy field and some dangerous guys like Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake wanting to get to the quarterback, it would be wise to have some plays that develop quickly on the docket. If Brady doesn't see plays developing, he needs to get rid of the ball. If that means a low completion percentage or a few intentional grounding calls, so be it. The same goes for Garoppolo or Brissett if they get in there.
NO 3 AND OUTS- For some strange reason the Patriots are one of the worst teams with 3 and outs (24%) and one of the best teams with third down efficiency (45.1%). With the warm weather in Miami, it will make a world of difference for Matt Patricia's defense if the have time to rest and make adjustments between possessions.
SCORE TOUCHDOWNS- After a rough start to the season, it looks like Gostkowsi is back. We really don't need him losing confidence by having to attempt field goals on the sloppy turf. Hopefully the field conditions for extra points isn't bad.
DON'T GIVE UP THE BIG PLAY- The reason the Dolphins are back in the playoffs may have a little something to do with some of the huge plays they've made on offense. Just about every receiver in their lineup has at least one play for over 50 yards. Kenny Stills has been their top touchdown receiver with 8. With multiple receivers to worry about, the Rutgers coningency (Harmon, Ryan and McCourty) better bring their A-games.
PROTECT THE BALL- Last week we saw how getting a turnover early and putting points on the board makes for a pretty easy win. Rewind to the Baltimore game and we can see how easy a game can change by handing the ball over. Unless it is the end of the game and we are down, there's no need to put the ball in danger for one more foot of offense.
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