Pregame analysis: Patriots vs. Dolphins

Pregame analysis: Patriots vs. Dolphins
December 15, 2013, 9:00 am
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MIAMI GARDENS – Shoveling? Scraping? Sorry. No, I mean it. I’ll be back tomorrow to share the misery.
 
For today? It’s going to be 86 or so in South Florida. A small chance of precipitation. A spritzing.
 
Tony Corrente’s crew will be doing the officiating. The last Patriots game he presided over was the Saints game.
 
The broadcast team is Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. CBS passed along a couple of Simms quotes this week on the matchup.
 
Just put a “Jeeeeem,” in front of these and you’ll have his talking points for the first 15 minutes.

On the Patriots

“The amazing thing about the New England Patriots is that they basically had to reshape the team on the fly after losing both tight ends from last year, and of course Wes Welker. They have had injuries everywhere on the football team and here they are at 10-3. It shows you they always have a plan in place and ready to activate. It’s an amazing story in the NFL to continue to do what they have done. Now we are seeing Shane Vereen catching passes, so they continuously find ways to keep weapons around Tom Brady so he can still be a productive quarterback.”

On the Dolphins

“Everyone always wants to know about their quarterback. We are getting to see Ryan Tannehill late in his second year and see the improvement in his play. He shows the difference on the field physically with his throws and how he plays the game. There is a little bit of an aura around him, which you always want for your quarterback. You can tell he’s the man. I think he thinks he’s the man and it really shows. 

It’s a hard line to cross as a quarterback and a football team but they are getting close to it. These last three games will show us where they are. If they are able to make that first step and become a playoff team, then go from there.”

As for extracurriculars, the Patriots opened as three-point favorites with a total around 46. Most Vegas sports books now have the game as a pick ‘em.

The last three Patriots games and four of the last five have gone over the total. The Patriots failed to cover their last three games.

A friend of mine said Dolphins and under.