Originally posted on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 12/2/12
In an odd scheduling quirk, the Miami Dolphins (5-6) and New England Patriots (8-3) waited until December before their first matchup of the season, which will take place Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Tom Brady and the Patriots have been steamrolling all comers lately, while the Dolphins hope to keep their playoff hopes mathematically alive by upsetting the division leader.With a victory, the Patriots will clinch the AFC East title for the fourth consecutive year. DECIDING FACTORS:Keep Brady upright. Despite preseason concerns about the offensive line, the Patriots have done a fantastic job protecting their star quarterback, giving up the second-fewest sacks in the league. Getting pressure on Brady is and always has been the best way to defeat New England, so the line must do a good job against Cameron Wake and the rest of Miami's pass rushers.Mix up coverages. With Richard Marshall out for the season and Nolan Carroll hobbled, the pressure will be on a very weak Miami seconda...
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