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Friday, October 1, 2010
ESPN Patriots-Dolphins prediction roundup

By ESPNBoston.com

A roundup of how ESPN’s analysts see Monday night’s Patriots-Dolphins game (8:30 p.m. ET) playing out:

* ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss: Dolphins 27, Patriots 24. The Patriots have shown flashes that they can be great, but they've yet to put it all together, especially on the road. They certainly have it in them, but until they prove they can band together on the road and play a strong second half, questions will remain.

* ESPNBoston.com’s Tedy Bruschi: Patriots 24, Dolphins 14: It's Monday night, national television, all of America watching. This is a game that the New England Patriots are going to make a statement. I think the defense is going to come out and play well. Even though they beat the Bills and they're all saying the right things, they still feel like they have something to prove. This is a game when we will finally stop talking about the defense playing poorly and not rising up in big games, such as the playoff loss to Baltimore and last year's Monday night game in New Orleans. The Patriots will win a tough hard-fought game.

* Hank Goldberg: Hammerin' Hank goes back and forth on his pick for Monday night's game. He gives a "slight nod" to Miami and thinks it's going to be a high-scoring game.

* Countdown Daily: Watch Mark Schlereth and Herm Edwards make their predictions in this video.

* ESPN experts: Only two of the seven experts pick the Patriots to beat the Dolphins.

* Sunday Countdown: Keyshawn Johnson, Cris Carter and Tom Jackson pick the Patriots to beat the Dolphins. Mike Ditka picked Miami.

* Madden simulation: Patriots 27, Dolphins 13. With the game tied at 10, Tom Brady went crazy on the Dolphins' D; he threw for 366 yards overall and two touchdowns (both on the second half) to lead the Patriots to a 27-13 win. Brady's main target in the game was Wes Welker as the speedy receiver caught 7 passes for 143 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown.

* AccuScore simulation: Patriots 23.8, Dolphins 23.4 (on average). You can simulate the game yourself here (Insider).

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