NFL Sunday Week 15 : Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots Prediction and Analysis

Published 12/19/2020, 11:56 PM EST


Tua Tagovailoa-led Miami Dolphins succumbed to a narrow defeat last week against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. They remain in contention for the AFC East crown which makes Sunday’s game against New England Patriots even more exciting.

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On the other hand, Bill Belichick’s boys were humbled at the hands of Los Angeles Rams. Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 15 Game Day predictions.

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Miami Dolphins pushing hard for a playoff spot ahead of crucial fixture

Tua was once again in the limelight as he led the Dolphins against reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14. However, the home team were beaten by a six-point margin. The former University of Alabama quarterback went 28/48 throwing for 316 yards with two passing touchdowns and one interception.

He will be key for the Dolphins when they host a struggling New England outfit on Sunday. They are on an 8-5 record heading into Week 15. They are in dire need of a couple of wins to seal a playoff spot. But can the Miami defense keep out the dangerous Cam Newton out of the Endzone?

Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots looking to pull off ‘Do or Die’ win

The Patriots have been largely inconsistent over the course of the 2020 NFL season. They put up a dominant display a couple of weeks ago against Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers. However, they were completely outplayed last weekend in the 24-3 loss against the Rams.

The pressure will be on Cam Newton and his offensive supporting cast to deliver a positive result against their AFC East rivals. With the Buffalo Bills at top spot at the moment, the winner of this tie could build some momentum and secure a wildcard playoff spot in the post-season.

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NFL Preview: Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots Team Updates

Miami– Questionable

RB Salvon Ahmed – Shoulder

LB Jerome Baker – Knee

G Ereck Flowers – Ankle

TE Mike Gesicki – Shoulder

WR Jakeem Grant – Hamstring

WR DeVante Parker – Hamstring

S Bobby McCain – Ankle

LB Kyle Van Noy – Hip

LB Elandon Roberts – Chest

New England – Questionable

RB Damien Harris – Ankle

WR Donte Moncrief – Thigh

RB James White – Foot

RB J.J. Taylor – Quadriceps

WR Matthew Slater – Knee

OT Jermaine Eluemunor – Ankle

OT Justin Herron – Ankle

DT Lawrence Guy – Shoulder

DT Adam Butler – Shoulder

G Shaq Mason – Calf

DT Byron Cowart – Back

CB J.C. Jackson – Knee

CB Jonathan Jones – Neck

K Nick Folk – Back

Dolphins vs Patriots Prediction

Miami Dolphins 30 – 28 New England Patriots

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Nov 22, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams have a lengthy list of ‘questionable’ players heading into this weekend’s game at the Hard Rock Stadium. However, the Dolphins look in better position to walk away with a win.

Tua is slowly starting to assert his dominance and gain the trust of his teammates which showed in last week’s loss to the Chiefs. The same can’t be said of Cam Newton who is brilliant in one game and totally lost in the other. Regardless, this one promises to be a feisty affair so make sure you don’t miss out!

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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