Dolphins vs. Patriots: 7 Keys to a Miami Upset

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Dolphins vs. Patriots: 7 Keys to a Miami Upset
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The Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots will renew one of the NFL's fiercest rivalries on Saturday afternoon. 

Unlike years past, however, this game is meaningless for the 'Fins.  

There are no playoff implications to worry about, no quarterback controversies to hash out and no coaches lingering on the hot seat. In fact, some will argue that Miami would be better off losing the game to boost their draft position. 

But do not expect the Dolphins to roll over on Saturday.

This team has relished its role as spoilers all season long, and they now have to a chance to severely hamper New England's chances of securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Plus, anything can happen in a divisional rivalry as intense as this one. 

So how can the 'Fins upset the Pats this weekend? Here are seven guidelines they must follow. 

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