Not good news for the Miami Dolphins.
Though the Dolphins are coming off a surprising 24-21 win over the Seattle Seahawks, the results have been inconsistent at best for first-year coach Joe Philbin's squad.
Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has shown flashes of the talent that made him the No. 8 pick in the draft, but Miami's signal-caller has a poor 7:12 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
With the Patriots averaging 43.8 points per game during their five-game win streak, it appears no one will put a stop to Tom Brady and New England's high-octane offense anytime soon.
Where: Sun Life Stadium
When: Sunday, December 2 at 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL.com
Betting Line: Patriots (-9), according to Bovada
Key Injuries: Patriots (via CBSSports.com)
DL Jermaine Cunningham (serving first game of four-game suspension)
TE Rob Gronkowski (broken forearm)
DE Chandler Jones (missed last week's game with ankle injury)
LG Logan Mankins (missed last week's game with ankle/calf injuries)
Key Injuries: Dolphins (via CBSSports.com)
LB Karlos Dansby (full-go in Week 12 after listed probable with biceps injury)
TE Anthony Fasano (full-go in Week 12 after listed probable with hip injury)
C Mike Pouncey (played in Week 12 after listed questionable with ankle injury)
Fantasy Prospect to Watch: QB Tom Brady (Patriots)
Only the Buffalo Bills have surrendered more career touchdowns to Tom Brady than the Miami Dolphins.
With No. 12 playing at an MVP level yet again, it could be a long day for the Dolphins' No. 26 pass defense Sunday.
Although Brady will be missing all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski, he won't be devoid of weapons.
Wes Welker has picked up the slack and needs just 39 yards to break the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth time in his six-year Patriots career.
Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Lloyd, Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen and Daniel Fells should also be on the receiving end of quite a few Brady passes, as New England's star quarterback should be in line for another 300-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Fins.
What They're Saying
Even during a dominant four-game stretch, the Patriots still have some holes to address.
After filling in for injured starter Chandler Jones, former Florida Gator Jermaine Cunningham found himself in headlines for the wrong reason.
NFL announces Patriots DE Jermaine Cunningham has been suspended 4 games for violating NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 26, 2012
After a lost 2011 season, Cunningham had carved out a valuable role as a three-technique pass-rusher and backup defensive end.
His loss could spark some roster changes, according to Paul Kenyon of the Providence Journal.
One of those two would be the most likely replacement for the suspended Cunningham. Belichick said that he will consider staying within the organization to replace Cunningham, but that he also will meet with player personnel director Nick Caserio to discuss the possibility of finding someone from the outside.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins are still in search of offensive playmakers and can look to their division rival as an example of how to surround their quarterback with weapons, says Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel.
Actually, this entire offense needs more "football players," athletes who are versatile enough to do whatever is asked of them.
Examine New England's roster and you'll find offensive players that don't fit neatly into a box. You'll discover tailbacks and tight end that can not only line up in the backfield and carry the football or block, but players who can also flex out and serve as receivers.
Patriots Key Player
Watch highlights of the Patriots' Week 12 win against the Jets and the first thing that stands out is massive nose tackle Vince Wilfork.
The 325-pounder dominated in a way that few interior linemen can, literally throwing right guard Brandon Moore into Mark Sanchez, forcing the inept quarterback to cough up the football.
Wilfork faces a tough test in talented center Mike Pouncey, but expect Wilfork to put together another strong performance against the Dolphins.
With Miami's passing game struggling, the Fins will try to run the ball against the Pats.
Unfortunately Wilfork won't allow that to happen.
Dolphins Key Player
The only way to stop Tom Brady is to put pressure on him.
Luckily Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake knows how to do just that.
A former CFL star, Wake has quickly transformed into a star in the NFL and leads the Dolphins with 9.5 sacks.
New England has gotten great play out of its two offensive tackles, so it will be interesting to see whether Wake's speed and power will be too much for Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer to handle.
Prediction: Patriots win 35-17
It seems the Dolphins always seem to play the Patriots tough, but New England hasn't lost to Miami since 2009.
Despite missing some key players, the Patriots continue to roll, and the Dolphins simply won't be able to generate enough points to compete against Brady and Co.
With incredible offensive balance and a defense that has forced an AFC-high 32 turnovers, this spells doom for the Dolphins.
Expect the Patriots to score at least 30 points and wrap up yet another division title Sunday.
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