The Patriots' preparations for Monday night's game are heavily focused on attempting to contain Miami's two gamebreakers: Running back Reggie Bush and wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
"He's covered, and then not only does he end up with the ball but he ends up with a lot of yards after that," said coach Bill Belichick of Marshall. "We've had a tough time with him before."
"He doesn't just make great catches 50 or 60 yards down the field," said cornerback Devin McCourty. "He turns catches of maybe 5 to 10 yards . . . into a 70-yard touchdown."
But focusing on Marshall may open running lanes for Bush.
"He's a fast, explosive player," said McCoury of the star running back, obtained by the Dolphins from the Saints prior to training camp. "You can't give him much room out there."
Dont'a Hightower left money on the table in New York and in Pittsburgh, and instead took a smaller deal to return the New England Patriots, according to CBSSports' Jason La Canfora.
The Jets' offer was previously reported to be $12 million per year, including incentives. La Canfora reiterated that report. But he also detailed Pittsburgh's offer, as the Steelers also outbid the Patriots with over $9 million per year.
Instead, Hightower settled for $8.7 million per season with New England, and will play under Bill Belichick in a Patriots jersey for the sixth season in 2017.
Hightower traveled a great deal during free agency, and ended up garnering interest from the Steelers, Jets, Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.
The 27-year-old linebacker finished the 2016 season with 65 tackles tackles, 2.5 sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumble. He also had a game-changing strip sack on Matt Ryan in Super Bowl LI that shifted the momentum of game.
When the Celtics starting 5 players are fully healthy they have a record of 23-7. Brian Scalabrine believes they're in the top-5 best starting group in the NBA and that they would've won 60 games if healthy all season.