The Miami Dolphins have a lot of respect for the New England Patriots. It’s hard not to when you’re in the same division as them and see them win 10 to 11 games each year while winning the AFC East. Ryan Tannehill has only been in the league for three years but knows what kind of intensity they need to bring to match the Patriots.
“It’s a fight. Every time we’ve played them, I think we’ve gone into the game respecting them and the team that they are. Like I said earlier, I think we are excited for this opportunity. (This is) the sixth time that I’ve played them and now I’m 2-3 against them. Big game for us, and it’s on the road. It’s always a tough place to play up in New England, especially in December. I’m excited about this opportunity.”
The Dolphins have found success the past two games against the Patriots and Tannehill said that while it helps their confidence, they both are two different teams than the last time they’ve played each other. Tannehill said that it’s going to all come down to execution. Mike Pouncey echoed that as well but also said that they will be better off because they know what worked and what didn’t. Like Tannehill, he said they will need to execute better to come out with the win.
One problem the Dolphins have been facing over the past several weeks is that they have been inconsistent. However, Philbin says they have been competitive in every game they’ve been in the past ten weeks.
“I think the last 10 weeks we’ve really had opportunities to win each and every game. This past Sunday ended up being a two-possession game. I don’t have it right in front of me when they exactly scored to make it a two-possession game, but we were on the four-yard line in the fourth quarter with a chance to take the league. I think our team has been competitive every week, especially the last 10 (weeks), but consistently winning, I would have to say 7-6 and we haven’t been.”
We’ll see who comes out on top on Sunday as the Dolphins head to Foxboro to take on the Patriots in a must-win situation or face missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs