FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- An early-season game in Miami has traditionally meant that the Patriots would be donning their blue uniforms, with the Dolphins looking for an edge by putting a Northeast-based team in darker colors in the hot, humid conditions.
This year is a different twist.
With the game being played at night, the Dolphins have chosen to wear their non-white uniforms (aqua). That means the Patriots will be in their standard white road jerseys Monday night.
Seemingly whenever the Patriots visit the Dolphins, the conditions are usually part of the pre-game chatter, and such was the case earlier this week when Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked if he could do anything to prepare the players for the heat.
"Like turn up the temperature outside?" he chuckled. "It’s like if you’re a Florida team and you come to play in New England in December. I think you just have to make that adjustment. That’s part of your game adjustments."
In the end, Belichick doesn't think the conditions will be the determining factor Monday.
"I think it just comes down to execution and just playing a good football game against a good team," he said. "Sure, it’s hard down there, but it’s always hard on the road. It would be hard against them no matter where we play them."