Without him, Brady has been sacked 11 times in the last four games after being sacked only 15 times in the first 11. Now the Patriots must stop Cameron Wake, who has a career-high 15 sacks.
The Patriots don’t expect him to stop charging just because the Dolphins won’t be in the playoffs.
‘‘We expect every opponent we play, each player and each team, to perform at their best,’’ Belichick said. ‘‘That’s what we prepare for — their best performance, not a poor one.’’
And the Patriots usually succeed.
‘‘They've dominated this division for over a decade,’’ Philbin said. ‘‘So if you can’t get excited about playing the best in your division to close out your season, then you’re not a professional football player.’’
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