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The curse of the Dolphins

Maybe it’s the sun. Maybe it’s the turquoise jerseys. Or maybe the Dolphins just get the Patriots.

Maybe it’s the sun. Maybe it’s the turquoise jerseys. Or maybe the Dolphins just get the Patriots.

Whatever the reason, the Pats have had their fair share of problems against Miami in the 45 years they’ve shared a division.

Granted, every team gave the Patriots trouble before the Bill Belichick era. But the genius himself can’t seem to quite figure out the Fins, either.

Since Belichick joined the team in 2000, New England is just 11-9 against Miami.

“We’ve had trouble with them [in New England], we’ve had trouble with them down there,” Belichick said this week. “They’re a good football team. They give you problems wherever you play them. It comes down to execution — just playing a good football game against a good team.”

Already 0-1 on the road this season, the Pats will look to even up going into their bye week.

“There’s not a lot of margin for error down there,” Tom Brady said. “As an offense we have to understand that they have a very good defense and they play well at home … Division games on the road are hugely important and we had one of those this year that didn’t go too well.”

The two teams will square off on Monday Night Football for the 10th time, with the Dolphins holding a 5-4 overall edge. The last time the two teams met on the big stage, Brady threw four interceptions in a 29-28 loss.

It will be the Pats’ rookies’ first taste of under-the-lights NFL football.

“I always watched Monday Night Football,” tight end Rob Gronkowski said. “It was pretty cool because it’s a prime-time game. … It’s a great opportunity to be on it now.”

 
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