by Inside the Redzone staff – Matt Hall
The Patriots and Dolphins will be a division game which are usually entertaining but more importantly this is a game that has one of the game’s best QB’s in Tom Brady and a Dolphins team that needs an identity.
Patriots Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
The Patriots last game against the Dolphins was in the final week of the season and they won 38-7 with Tom Brady going 10-16 for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns. This was in game that didn’t matter so you can except to see Brady throw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis also had a solid game last time out against the Dolphins with 80 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. I would look for a similar performance of 90 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.
The wide receivers in New England always catch a lot of passes because Brady spreads it around so from a PPR league perspective you can’t really go wrong. Last year Ochocinco was in Cincy but I expect him to have 8 catches for 80 yards and a score. Wes Welker is consistent so 10 catches, 100 yards. Also look for Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski to each get a TD as Brady loves those big targets in the red zone.
Dolphins Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
The Dolphins had a tough 2010 as a unit, and I expect that to continue this season. I expect them to be down in the this game so Chad Henne should put up 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns trying to keep pace. I do like Brandon Marshall but, in this game I would watch out for Davone Bess to have 8 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. He did score a TD in each of the games last year against New England. The running game in Miami is now led by Reggie Bush, but he is not a big threat to get a rushing touchdown but look for him to get a one touchdown in the air.