Socci’s Notebook: Patriots-Dolphins Will Be Won Or Lost In Trenches

October 25, 2013 2:03 PM
Socci’s Notebook: Patriots-Dolphins Will Be Won Or Lost In Trenches
" BOSTON (CBS) – A few minutes into his press conference following Sunday’s 23-21 loss to Buffalo, Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin made an obvious point that often gets obscured in the instant analysis of every game.

“I told the guys last night,” Philbin prefaced, “in the NFL season it’s 17 weeks, 16 games, there’s ups and downs that most teams encounter along the way.”

Philbin should know.  Seven weeks into 2013, his Dolphins went three up and three down, including their most recent defeat coming off a bye.  Once a September surprise at 3-0, they’ve become an October disappointment at 3-3.

“The teams that have great character and chemistry are able to overcome those downs that are usually there,” Philbin added.  “I believe our guys are able to do that.”

Such faith will be tested this weekend when Miami tries to reverse its downward spiral against a Patriots team that experienced enough ups and downs the past two Sundays to last a season.

One week, they staged an exhilarating finish in Foxborough.  The next, they met an excruciating ending in the Meadowlands "

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