NFL Week 4: Patriots @ Dolphins

New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins Mon. Oct. 4th 8:30pm EST

Throughout this entire decade, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots have been the team to beat in the AFC East division and in most cases in the entire NFL, but things seem to be changing and changing quickly as the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets have emerged as legitimate threats to knock the Patriots off their pedestal in the division.

The New England Patriots may have only loss one game in the first three games of the NFL regular season, but it was a big one as they were dominated by the New York Jets in a 28-14 rout that sent shockwaves through the AFC East division.

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There is no question that the New England Patriots are still a very talented team, especially on the offensive side of the football, but they are no longer the dominant team that everyone used to fear on a weekly basis.

In Week 4, the New England Patriots will have their work cut out for them once again as they will face off against the up and coming Miami Dolphins in an AFC East showdown with second place in the division on the line.

As of right now, the Patriots are the team to beat in this matchup as they have been given the -1 point advantage in the spreads, but with the way the Miami Dolphins has been playing over the past few weeks, Tom Brady and company could be in for a long day.

Even though the Dolphins defense has taken it to another level this season, it will be tough for them to handle Tom Brady and his talented receiving corps as they are amongst the best in the league and coming off a 38 point effort against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3.

Coming into this matchup everyone will be taking about the Patriots offense and the Dolphins defense going head to head as that will be the matchup to watch, but what I find even more intriguing is Miami quarterback Chad Henne taking on the vulnerable New England secondary which got torched last week by the lowly Buffalo Bills offense.

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Over the past two weeks, Henne has played as well as any quarterback in the league and played exceptionally well against the lockdown defense of the New York Jets where he threw for a season-high 363 yards and two touchdowns. He did throw one pick, but against the Jets defense that isn’t uncommon for even the best quarterbacks in the league.

With Henne playing like a Pro Bowler right now I believe he will have another big day against the New England Patriots as he tries to connect with his new go to guy in the offense in superstar wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Even though I do believe that the Miami Dolphins will give the New England Patriots a run for their money and possibly make this one possession game in the fourth quarter, in the end Bill Belichick’s squad will improve to 3-1.

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