16. Miami Dolphins (HOME)
The Miami Dolphins haven’t beaten the Patriots in Foxborough since the infamous Wildcat game way back in 2008. Yes, New England has also gone 5-6 in Miami during that same span, but the Dolphins have lost 10 straight at Gillette. That’s a long, long time for one team to go winless on the road against a division rival they play every year.
There’s little to suggest 2019 will be the season the Dolphins turn it around. Miami’s owner and chairman, Stephen Ross, essentially waved the white flag on next season before it ever began, telling reporters his team was going all-in on a rebuild that could last several years. Even with ex-Patriots defensive guru Brian Flores now the man in charge in Miami, the Fins look primed for one of their worst seasons in history.
Top to bottom, this is a roster with very little talent. The defense lacks any discernible star power, the offense has unreliable and streaky-at-best skill position players, and the starting quarterback (Ryan Tannehill) may not even be on the team come September.
Whenever NFL schedule-makers decide to pit these two familiar foes against one another in New England, one thing is all but guaranteed: the Patriots will come away with a big, fat ‘W.’