Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/2/12
8 a.m. ET: The Patriots are on the verge of clinching the AFC East title for the fourth straight year, and the 10th time in the last 12. But a trip to Miami — which mind you is no easy feat — still stands in their way. After a Thanksgiving night feast at the Meadowlands, which included a 49-19 rout of the rival Jets, Tom Brady and the Patriots are primed for another meal in Miami. The Patriots have averaged nearly 44 points per game during their current five-game win streak and appear ready to eat up some more yards and opponents. But taking the AFC East crown won’t come without a challenge. The Dolphins’ defense, led by pass rushing powerhouse Cameron Wake, has been one of the best in football all season, and they should offer Brady and company another big test on Sunday. Meanwhile, rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been inconsistent on the whole this season, but a 21-point fourth quarter comeback against Seattle last week has instilled faith in him. Tannehill possesses the skills and arm strength necessary to take advantage of New England’s fickle defensive play. But with Aqib Talib’s addition and the return of Steve Gregory and Patrick Chung, the Patriots’ secondary looks to have new life and could be a problem for Miami. There will be lots to watch out for in Miami, considering Brady is just 5-5 there as a starter, and the Patriots’ offense should provide plenty of fireworks. The game is set for 1 p.m., but we’ll have all the action right here for you throughout the day. So, keep it locked here for all the news, notes and analysis on your New England Patriots. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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