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Tomorrow, the Patriots will square off against their division rivals, the Miami Dolphins, which will see the Patriots have a chance to clinch yet another AFC East crown. Needless to say, things have changed since the Pats and Dolphins last squared off back in Week 1. Back in that game in South Beach, the Pats started off alright, but the Dolphins owned the Patriots in the 2nd half and came away with the win. The Pats sit at 10-3 right now and have won 8 of 9 since a blowout loss at Kansas City.

Without further ado, here are the three things to know about the Dolphins:

1.) Knowshon Moreno is out: The Patriots are dodging a bullet with this one - Moreno ran for 134 yards back in Week 1 and 224 last season when he was with the Denver Broncos. He loves playing against New England, and him being out gives the Patriots defense a big edge against the run.

2.) The Dolphins are good against the pass: Their pass defense is ranked 3rd in the league (203.2 YPG against). Not that it means anything to Tom Brady at this point. When these teams squared off back in Week 1, the Patriots offense was in a very different place. Brady still hadn't quite figured things out and how to fully utilize the weapons around him. Now, the offense is firing on all cylinders with a healthy Rob Gronkowski, which they weren't sure they had back in Week 1.

3.) The Dolphins were able to get to Brady last time out: One of the keys last time out was the Dolphins pass rush getting to Tom Brady. Brady was sacked 4 times, including a strip sack by Cameron Wake that changed the game. Again, a different time in the season, but the offensive line has struggled protecting Brady at times, so it will bear watching.

Stats from ESPN.com

Conor Frederick 12/12/2014 09:00:00 AM Edit
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