It’s Patriots vs. Dolphins on Monday night football. This battle between two of the best teams in the AFC East is going to be one that NFL fans should pay close attention to, as it will measure where the Miami Dolphins are right now in regard to the rest of the conference. Everyone understands that the division is going to be a tough one to win this season, especially with the New York Jets getting better, and that also raises the value of one team coming away with a win on Monday night.
This game will take place on Monday, Oct. 4, at 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET), and will be broadcast live on ESPN. The teams are down at Sun Life Stadium in Florida, giving the Dolphins a nice home field advantage against their division foe. The game, though, will come down to Tom Brady and how he plays on Monday night. The key for the Dolphins is stopping Brady short, and the key for the Patriots will be Brady coming up with a big game of around 300 passing yards or more. It is rare that an NFL game can be that predictable, but the fate of both teams lies with Brady.
Through the first three weeks of the NFL season, both the Patriots and Dolphins are 2-1. Miami lost a very close game to the New York Jets last weekend, dropping them into a three-way tie in the AFC East standings. The Jets then won again on Sunday, pushing them slightly ahead of both New England and Miami. That makes Monday night’s game even more important because, in a tough division like this, nobody wants to lose any ground. For Miami, the schedule is about to get really tough, as they get a bye week before they play Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Baltimore in successive weeks.
The Patriots also lost to the New York Jets, falling to them 28-14 in week 2, and putting themselves at a big disadvantage in the division standings. New England has a bye week in week 5 before heading into a tough stretch of their own, where they play Baltimore, San Diego, and Minnesota in successive weeks. It makes the value of this game about as high as it could be, and with the struggles of the Patriots running game, they have to place everything on the back of starting quarterback Brady. It all leads to interesting storylines on Monday night, and this is one game that NFL fans don’t want to miss.