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New England Patriots team grades vs Miami Dolphins Week 14

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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New England Patriots team grades vs Miami Dolphins Week 14
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 11: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Check out our New England Patriots full team grades from their loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 14.

The New England Patriots had a disappointing performance in Week 14. The Patriots have struggled at times when traveling to take on the Miami Dolphins, and tonight those struggles continued.

The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 27-17 as New England was unable to get anything going during the game. The offense was sluggish, while the defense was picked apart all game whether it be through the air or on the ground.

The Patriots did come into the game shorthanded. They are dealing with a number of injuries. However, injuries are something they have been dealing with virtually all season. In this game against the Dolphins, it was the first time that those injuries looked to truly be catching up with the Patriots.

This game was almost a total 180 from the first meeting between the AFC East rivals just two weeks ago. In that game, the Patriots dominated but were a little sloppy. This time around they were sloppy, but unable to overcome their mistakes as the Dolphins took it to them.

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This is a disappointing loss for the Patriots. It snaps their eight-game winning streak, dropping their record to 10-3 on the season. The Dolphins, on the other hand, are now riding a two-game winning streak and are looking to make a late-season push for the postseason.

This loss for the Patriots was a big one. Next week’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers are Heinz Field has turned into a virtual must-win game. If the Patriots want home field advantage in the postseason, they have to defeat the Steelers, otherwise, they will need a lot of help to claim the No. 1 seed.

Before we get to that game, let’s take a look back on this one. Check out our full team grades for the Patriots from their loss to the Dolphins in Week 14.