The Dolphins (7-6) remain in the thick of the AFC wildcard race -- and have an outside shot at winning the AFC East over the Patriots (10-3) ¿ so they need this December victory ... Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the old master at winning these type of games; we'll see what Dolphins coach Joe Philbin can do to counter both the Xs and Os advantage of Belichick as well as the December coaching experience ... The Patriots are 3-3 on the road, meaning all three losses have been away from Gillette Stadium ... New England has won the last seven games against the Dolphins.
Prediction: Patriots 30, Dolphins 24
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