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Why do Patriots play so poorly in Miami? Tom Brady offers his theory

Why do Patriots play so poorly in Miami? Tom Brady offers his theory

South Florida apparently is the New England Patriots' kryptonite.

The Patriots own the Miami Dolphins at home, winning 10 consecutive games against their AFC East rivals at Gillette Stadium.

But when New England travels to Miami, the script flips. The Pats have lost four of their last five road contests to the Dolphins and are 7-10 in Miami during the Bill Belichick era.

So, what gives? Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addressed his team's struggles in Miami on Monday night during an interview with Westwood One's Jim Gray.

“It’s been a challenging environment," Brady said. "I think the climate plays some role and they always seem to play well when they play us down there.

"We are not going to get beat by the weather. We’re going to get beat by the Dolphins. That is what we realize. We’re going up against a good opponent that plays us very well at home. We play them very well at home. It is just one of those series where it is kind of like that."

The Dolphins hardly are a Super Bowl contender at 6-6. But they're 5-1 at home this season, with their lone loss coming in Week 7 to the Detroit Lions, who beat the Patriots in Week 3.

And considering New England has won in Miami just once since 2012 -- a 35-14 victory in Week 17 of the 2016 season -- Brady and Co. are taking the matchup very seriously.

"We have to have a great week of preparation and go down there and try and play a great game against a team that has really hung in there -- 6-6," Brady said. "They’ve battled. They have had some injuries. We’re 9-3, but if we win it is a lot of upside for us."

In case they need a little extra motivation: It's a "hat and T-shirt" game for the Patriots, who can clinch their 10th consecutive AFC East crown with a win at Hard Rock Stadium.

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Colin Kaepernick's lawyer predicts Patriots or Panthers may sign QB

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Colin Kaepernick's lawyer predicts Patriots or Panthers may sign QB

Colin Kaepernick just reached a settlement with the NFL in his collusion case, but he's not giving up hope of playing in the league.

Kaepernick's attorney, Mark Geragos, said as much Saturday night during an interview on CNN. But here's the comment that may interest New England Patriots fans: Geragos named the Patriots and the Carolina Panthers as two teams he could see signing his client in the near future.

I think you're going to see within the next two weeks that somebody is going to step up and do the right thing, and you want me to predict who? Besides the Panthers, it would not surprise me if [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft makes a move. Yeah, that would not surprise me.

Geragos also made a cryptic reference to a third team that could sign Kaepernick.

"It would not surprise me if (Kraft's) former coach, I'll test your knowledge, also makes a move," he said.

That could be a reference to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who coached in New England before Bill Belichick arrived in 2000.

The Panthers would seem to be a fit for Kaepernick, who last played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 and filed a collusion grievance against the NFL in October 2017 claiming its owners conspired to keep him out of the league.

Carolina doesn't have a legitimate backup behind Cam Newton, whose own future remains somewhat uncertain after offseason shoulder surgery. Kaepernick also would reunited with former teammate Eric Reid, who jointly filed his collusion grievance with the ex-Niners QB.

The Patriots may be a stretch for Kaepernick, however. Quarterback Tom Brady has his sights set on playing until age 45 and has two backups in close friend Brian Hoyer and 2018 draft pick Danny Etling.

But Geragos reiterated his client wants to "compete at the highest level," so perhaps a team will end Kaepernick's two-year NFL absence this spring.

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Odell Beckham's comment on Tom Brady's Instagram may interest Patriots fans

Odell Beckham's comment on Tom Brady's Instagram may interest Patriots fans

Odell Beckham Jr.'s timing is impeccable.

Earlier this week, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer suggested the New York Giants may trade the superstar wide receiver this offseason.

Fast forward to Saturday night, when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a seemingly innocuous photo of his three children to Instagram.

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And guess who popped up in the comment section? Beckham, with the words, "Love u brother."

There's a chance this comment means nothing. There's also a chance Beckham knows exactly what he's doing by drumming up interest in his potential trade to the Patriots.

To be clear, New England hasn't been tied to Beckham in any substantial way. But the Patriots may have a need at the position with Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett all hitting free agency, and they're almost certainly not landing Antonio Brown.

This is far from the first time Beckham has showed love for Brady on the 'gram, as the 26-year-old wideout has a pretty long history of social media correspondence with TB12.

Beckham's latest display of affection happens to be conveniently-timed, though.

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