The Patriots and the Dolphins play this week for the second time this season. Luckily for the Patriots this year, the second game is in Foxboro. Its well known that the Patriots have struggled when playing in Miami late in the season. The last time the Patriots played the Dolphins, the Patriots dominated the Dolphins 43-0. The Dolphins were held to only 189 total yards of offense. A major difference from then was the Patriots offense. The Patriots in week two still had Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon. To this day I come across this tweet below and it makes me sad.
Obviously, this game has a lot more at stake. If the Patriots win this game, they automatically clinch the #2 seed and have a first round playoff bye. The Patriots are a little bit banged up right now and really could use the two seed. Not to mention if the Patriots have the two seed, there is a possibility that they will play the AFC Championship at home. Below are the current projected seeding.
Looking forward at the playoffs, I think that the Ravens are going to struggle coming off of the Bye week and along with Lamar Jackson having a two week break. The Patriots will play the Chiefs in the divisional round, and the Ravens would play the the Bills/Texans. For now lets just enjoy the game against Miami.