The Miami Dolphins will be heading into Foxborough to play the division leading New England Patriots. The Dolphins are coming off a two point loss the Buffalo Bills last week and the Patriots suffered an overtime loss to the New York Jets. Miami’s visit will be the middle game in a three game homestand for the Patriots. New England Patriots tickets are averaging $371 on the secondary market, which is an 18% increase over the home season average at Gillette Stadium. Divisional matchups are always intriguing, but New England has been able to tame Miami over the past few season. The Patriots have won the past six games against the Dolphins and are 8-2 over the past 10. Still, the Dolphins are an improved team than what they have been the past few years and the Patriots are not currently the dominating force they have been. The starting price for tickets is $130, the second highest of all games this week. That $371 average is also a 142% increase over this season’s average for Miami Dolphins tickets on the road.
The Dolphins have been relying on second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill to lead the team this season. Tannehill is completing 60 percent of his passes and is throwing for a touchdown on 4.1 percent of his attempts. The problem for Tannehill so far this season has been his pass protection. He’s getting sacked on 10.6 percent of his dropbacks. That could be good news for New England defensive end Chandler Jones, who has 6.5 sacks so far on the season. Patriots cornerback Aquib Talib has turned into one of the league’s best cornerbacks this season, but is listed as questionable for the game. His absence would be a boost for Tannehill and wide receiver Mike Wallace.
The passing game could be affected a little as this could be the first game of the season in New England with “football weather.” The forecast expects a high of 52 and low of 32, slightly different than the conditions would be in Miami. With a win, the Patriots could be still be in control of the division and a Miami win could allow them to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth this season.