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The Splash Zone 12/7/17: Breaking Down Some Stats For The Patriots Game

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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.

Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

The Dolphins will be taking on the daddy of the AFC East on Monday Night Football. The New England Patriots will be coming to town, minus Rob Gronkowski. Which is great news considering the Dolphins defense has struggled to cover tight ends this season. This will be a rematch between the two teams and this is a different Dolphins team then when these two previously met.

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

Stats don’t lie: Breaking down areas of focus for Miami Dolphins vs. Patriots | The Daily Dolphin
Protect the football. Stay within range entering the fourth quarter. Keep Kenyan Drake rolling. Those are just a few things that ought to be on the Dolphins' to-do list entering Monday night's rematch against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. That's what the numbers tell us.

Dolphins Tight Ends

Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas quietly puts up respectable numbers - Sun Sentinel
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas has been low key all season. But he's the team's third-leading receiver, and his three touchdowns are tied for second on the team.

Dolphins Roster

Miami Dolphins sign free agents David Rivers and Jonathan Woodard | Miami Herald
The Miami Dolphins signed free agents David Rivers and Jonathan Woodard to their practice squad.

Patriots at Dolphins

What New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick said about the Miami Dolphins | The Daily Dolphin
New England coach Bill Belichick spoke with the South Florida media Wednesday morning in advance of Monday night's game against the Dolphins. Here's what he had to say: On the absence of TE Rob Gronkowski, who is suspended for this game: “We’ll just do what we always do — take the ...

Rob Gronkowski's absence much-needed boost for Miami Dolphins' defense - AFC East- ESPN
Miami has struggled to defend tight ends throughout the year and Rob Gronkowski's absence should help level the playing field.

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