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The Splash Zone 12/7/18: Patriots Struggle Against Dolphins In Miami

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Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Patriots are going to pay the Dolphins a little visit on Sunday for their second matchup of the season. New England got the better of the Dolphins earlier in the season. But this time the Dolphins are on their home turf which is great news considering the Patriots track record in Miami. For whatever reason, Tom Brady and the Patriots struggle in Miami even when the Dolphins are mediocre.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below.

Miami Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill owns the New England Patriots at home - Sports - The Palm Beach Post - West Palm Beach, FL
DAVIE — Ryan Tannehill hasn't lost at home to the New England Patriots since he was a rookie.Now, to be fair, Tannehill has missed the last two home meetings with the Patriots due to injury. But in the three home games he faced the annual AFC East champions in 2013, '14, and '15, Tannehill was a rock star.

Adam Gase

Chris Perkins: Final eight games should guide Steve Ross on what to do in 2019 about Gase, Grier, Tannenbaum and Tannehill – The Athletic
The Dolphins need to (re)build through the players who make the NFL go – cornerbacks, pass rushers, wide receivers and quarterbacks.

Dolphins Wide Receivers

Miami Dolphins like new receiver Brice Butler | Miami Herald
With the Dolphins likely needing to create cap space to fill needs this offseason, the odds are against Miami retaining WR DeVante Parker at the $9.4 million he’s owed next season. They might have found a replacement in Brice Butler.

Dolphins Defensive Line

AC In The AM: A Rare Moment Of Reflection For Cam Wake
Four years and 33 ½ sacks ago, I wrote a column about Cam Wake, breaking down by quarterback each of his then 63 career sacks. Kind of like his own hit list. Wake had a good time with it, studying those names, admiring his work and, in some cases, reliving the moment.

Dolphins Secondary

Dolphins hopeful, but not optimistic, Howard plays Sunday | Miami Herald
The Dolphins have a bad pass defense without Xavien Howard. So it’s less than ideal that Howard might not play against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Patriots at Dolphins

How Miami has been a danger zone for Patriots and Tom Brady - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
While Brady dominates the Dolphins in Foxborough, he and the Patriots tend to wilt in the Miami sun. Reverse that trend and they clinch the AFC East.

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

Miami Dolphins News 12/6/18: Xavien Howard Receives Weekly Honor - The Phinsider
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

If and when Jim Harbaugh returns to the NFL, the Dolphins could be his prime landing spot - The Phinsider
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Miami Dolphins could be a prime landing spot for the Michigan head coach.

Phinsider Mailbag requests - Week 14 - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins will host the New England Patriots this weekend, finishing the annual two-game series between the AFC East rivals. With a win, the Patriots would clinch the AFC East division...