- Mark Sanchez had his way against Miami’s defense, especially on 3rd down: Tom Brady, Randy Moss, and Wes Welker figure to have their way against a solid Dolphins defensive unit. All signs point towards Brady’s bunch doing what Sanchez and the Jets did against Miami, yet more. Why not? 6-11 on 3rd downs were Sanchez and New York. So far, New England has converted 21 of 39 opportunities on 3rd down. You can’t stay on the field for long if you expect to win against Brady and the Pats. Look for #12 to slowly, but methodically put together long, sustaining, time-killing drives to help out his team’s sputtering defense. He knows he has to, and when Brady has a sense of urgency, he usually answers in a big way.
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis factor: It’s tough enough to contain the Patriots aerial show, but now you have to deal with Green-Ellis, who remember, was a star in the SEC at Ole Miss. Little-known and undrafted out of Mississippi, BenJarvus was a pleasant surprise last week against Buffalo, going for 98 yards on 16 carries and a trip to the land of six. At 5-11, 215 pounds, he has both the size and speed needed to become the Patriots new every down back. I believe Green-Ellis will thrive tonight in the absence of Fred Taylor. Watch for him to do damage while Miami’s divided attention may be elsewhere, mainly, focused on slowing down the terrific trio of Brady, Moss, and Welker. With that said, count on this under the radar back to have himself a sensational night and elevate his status and his team’s fortunes running the rock -it’s been a long time coming for both BenJarvus and New England. America will know his name by the end of the night.
- Aaron Hernandez will make Dolphins back seven look silly: Karlos Dansby, Yeremiah Bell you have been warned. Hernandez is the “next” TE in a league that’s becoming more tight end-driven, and it’s not any different with New England’s offensive mentality. Brady has spotted Hernandez 15 times this season, the result? 13 receptions. More than 16 yards per catch, with two catches amounting for 45 or more yards. He’s turning the field around, making waves, big plays, and doing it with ease. He’s not going down on the first try, and Miami has had its fair share of trouble against opposing TE’s this year. He has the quickness and elusiveness like a wide receiver, and Dansby and Bell better treat him like one, or else, they will be just like the other opponents who have gotten burned against Tim Tebow’s former favorite go-to Florida Gator. Hernandez has the goods, and you will see them in action tonight.
Essentially, I’m banking on the Patriots high-powered attack to cash in on their advantages on the offensive side of the ball. They will deposit at least 28 points into the scoreboard, thus forcing Miami in to complete withdrawal, upon losing their second consecutive home game within the division. Maybe the title should be renamed: “3 Reasons Why New England Will Outscore Miami” or “3 Reasons Why New England’s Offense Will Win Game Against Miami”. Same song, different verse – New England’s outstanding offense will come to the rescue of their doormat defense.