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Patriots – Dolphins II, Key Matchups; Who Has the Razor’s Edge?

Steve Balestrieri
5 years ago at 7:44 am ET
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The New England Patriots travel down to South Florida for their final regular season game of the 2015 season to take on the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS with the announcing crew of Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon on the call. The game can also be heard on the Patriots flagship radio station of 98.5 the Sports Hub with the voice of the Pats Bob Socci on the call with Scott Zolak.

The Dolphins (5-10) have been one of the bigger disappointments of 2015. They were expected to not only vie for a playoff spot this season but push the Patriots for the AFC East crown. After going thru an initial burst of two wins with interim coach Dan Campbell, the Fins are floundering and in the midst of a double-digit loss season. Big changes are coming for Miami this offseason.

New England (12-3), had a tough overtime loss against the Jets 26-20 on Sunday. However, with a win on Sunday, the Patriots clinch home field advantage for the AFC playoffs. Injuries continue to haunt the Pats as the team lost LT Sebastian Vollmer on Sunday. His replacement LaAdrian Waddle later went down as well.

The team was already without their two starting safeties (Devin McCourty and Pat Chung), two top wide receivers (Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola), and top two running backs (LaGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis) among others. Chung’s replacement Jordan Richards was hurt on the first play of OT and his replacement, Tavon Wilson was victimized on the very first play for a 48-yard gain that set the Jets up for the win.

We here at PatsFans.com are continuing our “Razor’s Edge”  column in 2015 to give a quick break down on some of the key matchups of the game and what you can look for in how the game plays out.

Series History: The Patriots and Dolphins will meet for the 101th time on Sunday. The series was dominated by the Dolphins in during the middle years especially in Miami but the Patriots under Bill Belichick have turned the tide in recent years.

The teams have split their matchups the last two seasons with each winning at home. Miami won the season opener last season with the Patriots taking a December matchup in Foxboro. The Patriots blew out Miami on a Thursday night game earlier this season.

Here is a look at some of the key matchups and who holds the Razor’s Edge.

First up is the Patriots offense:


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