Patriots vs. Dolphins: 6 reasons to be excited

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4. Revenge in Miami

As you may remember, the last time the Patriots played in Miami didn’t go so well. It was the 2014 season opener, and the Patriots got thoroughly shellacked by their divisional rivals, 33-20. The loss was characteristic of the Patriots’ rocky start to that season, just as frustrating as the one-score win over the Oakland Raiders and the Monday Night Football embarrassment in Kansas City.

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Players who endured through that Week 1 face plant will look to exact revenge on the Dolphins this week. Similarly, Patriots fans who spent that sunny September Sunday cursing at the television should be excited to watch the Patriots play in Miami.

The Patriots have the rest of January to win wintry, frigid games in snowy Foxboro. Closing out the season by handing a bag of revenge potatoes to the Dolphins in their home stadium would be a great way to spend the last Sunday of the regular season.

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