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Jan 07, 2022 at 11:59 AM

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Dolphins (8-8) vs. Patriots (10-6), Sunday, Hard Rock Stadium, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Latest line: Patriots are favored by 6 1/2 points; over/under is 40.

Dave Hyde, Sports Columnist (Season record: 11-5): Patriots 17, Dolphins 16

New England will play to win, because it can theoretically win the AFC East if Buffalo loses to the New York Jets. No, that probably won’t happen. But Bill Belichick can’t assume that — does he ever assume anything? The Dolphins, too, will play hard in a game without consequence because Brian Flores’ teams always play hard. This score, by the way, is what it would have been in Foxboro in the season opener if the Patriots had kicked a field goal from the 9-yard line at the end rather than fumbling to Xavien Howard.

Omar Kelly, Dolphins Columnist (Season record: 11-5): Patriots 24, Dolphins 20

There is nothing for the Dolphins to play for but pride, and that’s a dangerous place to be in during a season finale against a team trying to get playoff ready like the Patriots. New England can’t afford to get swept by the Dolphins, so you can expect a hungry team fighting for the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

David Furones, Dolphins Writer (Season record: 11-5): Patriots 23, Dolphins 17

The Dolphins haven’t swept the Patriots since 2000, and it won’t happen this year. One would think the best chance for it to happen would be a season like this where Miami took road game in New England first and then just has to win at home. But after the bummer of getting eliminated last Sunday, rendering this finale meaningless from a playoff perspective, I find it hard for the Dolphins to win this one. On the flip side, the Patriots, who have already clinched a playoff berth, have much on the line as they can finish as low as No. 7 in the AFC and as high as No. 1. However, getting the top spot involves too many major upsets to seem realistic.

Kathy Laughlin, Sports Editor (Season record: 10-6): Patriots 21, Dolphins 20

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The Dolphins are seeking their third straight win over the Patriots, but New England has too much on the line to fall short like they did in a Week 1 loss. The Patriots could earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC. A loss to the Dolphins would force the Patriots to open the postseason on the road as the 5th-7th seed. I just don’t see that happening.

Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor (Season record: 10-6): Patriots 24, Dolphins 20

While legendary Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a losing record on the road against the Dolphins (9-12), he undoubtedly will come up with a game plan to bolster his team’s playoff position. The Patriots have allowed the fewest points in the NFL and should stymie Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins have missed the playoffs in 18 of the last 20 years. They haven’t won a postseason game in 22 years, dating back to a 23-17 overtime win over the Colts on Dec. 30, 2000.

Steve Svekis, Assistant Sports Editor (Season record: 10-6): Dolphins 23, Patriots 14

The Dolphins’ defense is set to befuddle and pound Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones, who has a substandard 84.5 passer rating in road games. If Tua Tagovailoa can clean up his spate of sloppiness from the past three weeks, the Dolphins should have consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2003.