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Pundit Predictions: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins

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Find out who the experts are picking between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots.

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The Miami Dolphins will face the New England Patriots for the second time in three weeks on Monday Night Football. With their five-game losing streak behind them, can Miami keep the momentum going against their AFC East rival? Let’s take a look at what the experts are saying about this matchup before the action gets underway this evening.

David Steele - Sporting News

Prediction: Patriots win 30-17

Steele's analysis:

There will be no Gronk for the Patriots as he rests his injury-prone body for the showdown with the Steelers … that is, sits out his one-game suspension. Depending on what the Bills do Sunday, the Patriots could be playing to put the AFC East out of its misery for the ninth straight year, extending their NFL record streak. Don’t expect the Dolphins to put up much of a fight.

Elliot Harrison - NFL.com

Prediction: Patriots win 36-14

Harrison's analysis:

In years past, this road trip has been far from joyous for the Patriots. Despite all the success in the Bill Belichick era, New England has lost nine of 17 games in Miami, including three in a row before last season. Eight of those losses came in Tom Brady starts. That said, these Dolphins are not as strong on defense as in years past. They're 24th in points allowed -- the franchise has finished worse than that only twice in the last 30 years. Granted, pick-sixes by Adam Gase's quarterbacks haven't helped. Expect Brady to go to his running backs often, especially in the absence of the suspended Rob Gronkowski. Would you believe the Patriots are 12-0 without Gronk since the start of the 2016 season? That includes the playoffs, broseph.

Chris Simms - Bleacher Report

Prediction: Patriots win 28-17

Simms' analysis:

The Patriots and Dolphins just played each other two weeks ago. That always makes for an interesting dynamic because the game is fresh in your memory and makes for a more personal matchup.

In a short turnaround like that, though, I always favor New England. No other team is better at making adjustments and learning from its mistakes. The Patriots have plenty to learn from too. While the game ended 35-17, the Dolphins played a closer game than that score might indicate.

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase has a good idea of what the Patriots want to do on both sides of the ball, and Miami will make this close for a time. The Patriots are rolling, though, and they aren't going to stop this week.

James Walker - ESPN

Prediction: Patriots win 23-16

Walker's analysis:

The Rob Gronkowski suspension will have a negative impact for New England, but not to the point where the Dolphins can pull off the upset and avoid the season sweep. The Patriots played their B-game in the first meeting two weeks ago and still won by 18 points. This game will be closer but with the same result.


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