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Week 16 Open Thread: Dolphins at Patriots

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Miami Dolphins (1-13) at New England Patriots (14-0)
Sunday, December 23
4:15 pm EST, CBS
Gillette Stadium
Cloudy and Windy, 45 degrees, 30% chance of showers
Line: Patriots -22, Over/Under 45

Team Offensive Rankings

Dolphins - 28th total offense (287.4), 20th rush offense (98.2), 25th pass offense (189.1), 26th scoring offense (16.8)

Patriots - 1st total offense (413.6), 12th rush offense (114.9), 1st pass offense (298.6), 1st scoring offense (37.4)

Team Defensive Rankings

Dolphins - 20th total defense (334.4), 32nd rush defense (155.9), 4th pass defense (178.5), 31st scoring defense (26.5)

Patriots - 4th total defense (289.7), 10th rush defense (98.9), 5th pass defense (190.8), 4th scoring defense (16.6)

Today's Inactives

Dolphins: QB Casey Bramlett, DB Tuff Harris, RB Patrick Cobbs, DT Anthony Bryant, T Julius Wilson, T Anthony Alabi, DE Rob Ninkovich, and DT Paul Soliai

Patriots: TE Ben Watson, TE Kyle Brady, WR Chad Jackson, S Ray Ventrone, G Stephen Neal, C/G Billy Yates, LB Chad Brown, and QB Matt Gutierrez

Prediction: Well, this is it. This game is the Dolphins' Super Bowl. They win this game and they are champions, if only for a day. I think they will actually put forth a good effort and keep it somewhat close until the 2nd half...at which time the Dolphins will pull away and WIN THE GAME!!! That's right. You heard it here first, guys and gals! Call me crazy, but I just got a feeling. And I haven't had this kind feeling since the Dolphins/Bears game last year. And we all remember how that game played out. Therefore, Dolphins win, 26-20!!!

GO DOLPHINS!!!!

**UPDATE**: Dolphins fall 28-7. A very respectable 2nd half by the defense. Unfortunately, the offense never got on track...as usual. More thoughts coming tonight. Time for a late dinner....