Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry said at an NFL fan event in London this past weekend that he believes Miami will sweep the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots this upcoming season. During an interview with Peter King of MMQB.com, Landry explained his thoughts.
“If you’re a competitor, that’s the way you should feel, and I don’t mind saying it,” Landry said. “It’s time for a change. I have all the respect in the world for the Patriots, and I respect Tom Brady tremendously. But they’re not our big brother anymore.”
Despite Miami going 10-6, New England swept the Dolphins in two games last season. The Patriots also have won the AFC East Division eight consecutive years and 14 of the past 16 seasons.
The Patriots are the only team in the NFL that hasn’t been swept by a divisional opponent in a single regular season since 2002 (current division format). Every other team has at least three such instances.
While knocking the Patriots from atop the AFC East will be a tall task, Landry believes the presence of second-year head coach Adam Gase has closed the gap at the top of the division.
“He’s flipped the switch with us,” Landry said. “New England’s won the division 14 of the last 16 years, something like that? It’s ridiculous. It’s a problem. We cannot let that happen anymore. What I’ve seen is, when we play that game, sometimes we focus on the guys on the other side of the line instead of just focusing on us. And I want to be part of that change. I want to go into the games against New England expecting to win – that’s something we need to do.”