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Dolphins hope rejuvenated season can get them past New England

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Can anyone beat the New England Patriots?

And if so, can anyone be a team that started as one of the biggest disappointments of the NFL?

The Miami Dolphins, left for dead under Joe Philbin, have now won two straight games under interim coach Dan Campbell and have a shot at saving their season. The Dolphins have had easier challenges than the undefeated Patriots of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

New England has lost only once in its last 22 home games. The Patriots have scored 30 or more in their last six games. During the past dozen seasons, they have become the crown jewel of NFL franchises.

At the center of it all, of course, is Brady, who is off to one of his best seasons. Brady threw for 355 yards last week. Rob Gronkowski caught 11 of those passes for 108 yards.

Brady is 12-1 against the Dolphins and has won eight in a row.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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