With Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib projected to miss this week’s game, can anyone defend Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace? (Photo: US Presswire)
NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones
After last week’s overtime loss at the New York Jets, the New England Patriots currently sit at 5-2, with this week’s home game against the 3-3 Miami Dolphins appearing to be a must-win game for the team, offering an opportunity to extend their lead over the Dolphins to two games and simultaneously guarantee their positioning atop the division at the end of the week, regardless of the outcome of the Jets’ matchup at Cincinnati. However, the Dolphins should be a difficult matchup, having lost only one of their games by more than a touchdown, as well as being in possession of an offense which is currently averaging more points per game than the Patriots’. While wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) is anticipated to return to action, starting defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee) has already been ruled out and cornerback Aqib Talib’s chances of returning from a hip injury appear slim. Read on for ten keys to this week’s divisional contest.