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How to watch, stream Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game

Scott McLaughlin
December 09, 2018 - 8:00 am

The annual game at Miami may not be one of the first ones Patriots fans circle on the schedule every year, but perhaps it should be, because this has consistently been one of New England’s most challenging contests.

Tom Brady is just 7-9 in Miami in his career, and the Patriots have lost four of their last five games there. How each team is playing that season rarely seems to matter, as the Pats are consistently one of the best teams in the NFL while the Dolphins tend to be somewhere between mediocre and fringe playoff contender.

That’s the case once again this year, as the Patriots come in at 9-3 and could clinch their 10th straight AFC East title with a win, while the Dolphins enter at 6-6 and are fighting to stay in the playoff hunt.

The Patriots have won their last two games and eight of their last nine, most recently shutting down the Vikings en route to a 24-10 victory. The Dolphins have lost six of their last nine after starting 3-0, but did pick up a 21-17 win over Buffalo last week.

Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill has thrown five touchdowns and one interception in two games since returning from injury, although he’s thrown for just 341 yards total in those two outings. Former Patriot Danny Amendola has been the Dolphins’ top receiver this season with 48 catches for 469 yards. He missed their most recent game with a knee injury and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday, but it sounds like he will play.

Overall, the Dolphins rank 25th in the NFL with 20.3 points per game, while their defense is 20th at 25.0 points allowed per game. Their D, however, will be without top cornerback Xavien Howard, who suffered a knee injury last week. The Patriots rank seventh in offense (27.6) and ninth in defense (21.6).

The teams’ first meeting this season was a blowout 38-7 win for New England back on Sept. 30 in Foxboro. Tom Brady threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns, and Sony Michel ran for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Normally, all signs would point toward another fairly easy win for the Patriots. But given their history in Miami and their struggles on the road this season (they’re 3-3 away from Gillette), Sunday’s game could be anything but easy.

Here’s how you can watch it:

Date: Sunday, Dec. 9

Time: 1:00 p.m.

TV Channel: CBS

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