MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
The New England
quarterback seemingly has Miami's number, having won six of the last eight
meetings. But how will he fare against these resurgent Dolphins, winners of
four of their last five?
Brady has been
fabulous against the Fins (10 TD passes in the last five games), but he has
been hard to figure out in '06. He was gritty against the Bears, but his stats
were so-so: one TD and two picks. He has two four-TD games (against the Vikings
and the Packers) and one four-interception game (against the Colts). He has
also been held under 200 yards four times.
JASON TAYLOR AND
THE DOLPHINS' DEFENSE
suffered a left wrist injury on Sunday but returned to the game, is
traditionally a terror versus AFC East--rival New England: In the last nine
meetings he has sacked Brady 7 1/2 times and forced three fumbles. Moreover,
during its recent turnaround, Miami has been madly marauding opposing QBs and
now has racked up 38 sacks, fourth-best in the NFL.
Nick Saban's Dolphins are employing a bend-but-don't-break defense that's best
exploited through the air (10 touchdown passes allowed in their last eight
games). Taylor & Co. will harass Brady plenty, but the resourceful Patriots
passer will find the holes and put up solid numbers.
THE INSIDE MAN