The Miami Dolphins (10-5) will host the New England Patriots (13-2) to wrap up the NFL regular season for both teams. The two AFC East rivals last met in week 2 in Foxborough with the Patriots coming out on top by a score of 31-24. While both teams have already clinched a playoff berth, this matchup looms large with several AFC teams still jockeying to improve their seeding.
New England may have already wrapped up the AFC East, but there’s still important business in the division to attend to when Buffalo hosts Miami on Christmas Eve. The Dolphins (9-5) are a game clear of the pack for the second wild card spot, while the Bills (7-7) must win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Saturday’s primetime matchup inside MetLife Stadium will be the second meeting of the season between the Miami Dolphins (8-5) and New York Jets (4-9). The AFC East rivals last met on Nov. 6 in Miami with the Dolphins edging out the Jets 27-23.
When the NFL schedule was revealed, this was a primetime matchup: The Patriots, the long-standing kings of the AFC East, against the (apparently) rising Jets, who had just missed the playoffs last season despite winning 10 games.
After three weeks without Tom Brady, New England already holds a two-game lead in the AFC East. If they can beat Buffalo on Sunday and get some help elsewhere, the Patriots could stretch that lead to three over the rest of the division — and then they get their Hall of Fame quarterback back.