With a win on Sunday, the New England Patriots will clinch the AFC East but it wont come easy against the Miami Dolphins. If the Patriots want to escape Miami with a victory, then they'll have to shut-down these three players.
With a win on Sunday, the New England Patriots will clinch the AFC East divisional crown, as they'll improve to 9-3 on the season. However, a win wont come easy against the 4-6 Miami Dolphins—which might sound rather odd.
Entering Sunday, Tom Brady is just a career 5-5 against the Dolphins in Miami, so clearly Miami hasn't been a place for dominance for the Patriots—it could possibly be a place of horrors for Brady and the Pats.
With that being said, if the Patriots want to escape Week 13 with a victory and the divisional crown, then they'll have to shut-down all three of these Dolphin players.
Granted, Ryan Tannehill might be a rookie and might have thrown 12 interceptions to only seven touchdowns, but he's still a very dangerous quarterback.
Tannehill has all the skills in the world, and if the Patriots give him some room to work then the 24-year-old could end up having a pretty impressive day against New England's 27th ranked defense.
2. Reggie Bush
The great USC product might not be having the greatest season as he enters Week 13 with just 662 yards rushing yards and only five touchdowns on the season, he's still a very dangerous play-maker that can change the game at any moment.
If the Patriots want to have a successful day against the Dolphins, then they're going to have to bottle up Bush much like every team has done this year.
He might not be having a good as season as he did a year ago, but you can never overlook the speed and elusiveness of Reggie Bush.
3. Cameron Wake
With 9.5 total sacks on the season, Cameron Wake leads the Dolphins in sacks and is arguably Miami's top defensive player.
For the most part this season, despite suffering so many injuries, New England's offensive line has done a superb job at keeping Tom Brady protected. Since New England's bye week back at Week 9, Brady has been sacked just once—and hopefully that success can continue against Wake and the Miami Dolphins.