DAVIE — Before the season, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry predicted his team would sweep the New England Patriots this season, a prediction that looks even more difficult to fulfill now.
The Dolphins are a 17-point underdog in their trip to the Boston area. But Landry isn’t backing down.
“I don’t care about Vegas,” Landry said Thursday. “I don’t care about Vegas. I don’t care about numbers. Any given Sunday, anybody can beat anybody. And that’s the beauty of this league. That’s the beauty of the NFL. And you know that’s why I love this sport so much. You never know. This may be a game that turns our season around, too. You never know. You never know. So for us we’re just focused on ourselves and putting good days together so that when we get to the game, we’re confident, we’re playing fast and you know we pull one out.”
Landry said he was not surprised comments he made in London became a big deal. In addition to his prediction, Landry said of New England in the offseason: “They’re not our big brother anymore.”
The Dolphins were swept by New England last season, 31-24 and 35-14.
New England has won 15 of 20 meetings with Miami since 2007.
“Honestly man, it’s a pride thing, man, and also for us, our mindset,” Landry said Thursday of his offseason comments. “I spoke about it. They’re a team I have a great respect for. I always will. The guys over there I know, Tom (Brady) and all those guys. It’s nothing against them. It’s just something that as a competitor you want to win. And just like every game, I approach it the same. That’s the mindset.
Landry said in order to have a chance, the team must limit penalties.
On the potentially difficult road challenge, Landry said: “I’m sure it’s going to be hostile environment. But just as sure as it can be loud, it can be quiet. So — we’ll see.”
Landry said he’s just excited about the challenge. But what would it take for the Miami Dolphins organization to one day match or surpass the incredible success of the Patriots franchise?
“It’s something that I can’t look into the future for,” Landry said. “But it, right now, for us, is putting together this great week, to allow us to be in position to start that. And you know, it’s an opportunity to start, on Sunday. And for us, that’s our focus. Just winning one game.”