The New England Patriots (1-0) travel to Florida in Week 2 for an AFC East battle against the Miami Dolphins (0-1). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on September 15th at Hard Rock Stadium and the game will be broadcast on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Patriots listed as massive 15.5-point home underdogs. That line has shifted by three full points after early betting, as New England is currently available at -18.5. The total for this matchup is 48 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 2 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Dolphins vs Patriots Game Odds & Betting Preview
New England Patriots
The Patriots were extremely impressive on Sunday Night Football in Week 1, crushing the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3 at home. New England led 20-0 at halftime and didn’t face any real adversity the rest of the way, cruising to an easy victory and moving to 1-0 on the season. QB Tom Brady was his usual self, going 24/36 for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Despite not having newly acquired Antonio Brown available, the Pats receiving corps still had a massive evening. Phillip Dorsett led the way with 95 yards and two touchdowns while Josh Gordon racked up 73 yards and a touchdown on just three catches. RB Rex Burkhead led the way on the ground, averaging over 5.5 yards per carr and rushing for 44 yards. The only real disappointment for New England on offense was RB Sony Michel, who gained only 14 yards on a team-high 15 carries.
The Patriots defense was spectacular in Week 1, holding the Steelers to less than 300 yards of total offense and giving up just a field goal all game. New England was especially impressive against the run, as Pittsburgh gained only 31 yards on the ground all game.
Miami looked horrendous in Week 1, getting dismantled 59-10 in their home opener by the Baltimore Ravens. The Dolphins were badly outmatched on both sides of the ball, as the game was pretty much over by halftime. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick played poorly in his debut at quarterback, completing less than 50% of his throws and passing for only 185 yards and a touchdown. Miami was also terrible on the ground, as the offense combined for just 21 total rushing yards. DeVante Parker and Preston Williams were certainly the only bright spots offensively, as the duo combined for six catches, 99 receiving yards, and a touchdown.
The Dolphins defense was obviously embarrassed by Baltimore in Week 1, surrendering 59 points and over 600 yards of total offense. Miami was obliterated through the air and on the ground, giving up 107 yards and two touchdowns to RB Mark Ingram and 147 yards and two touchdowns to rookie WR Marquise Brown.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and ATS Pick: Patriots -18.5
As much as I’d like to take the boat load of points in this divisional matchup, I just can’t get behind Miami after seeing how terrible they played in Week 1. Their offense looked sporadic and disjointed while their defense gave up 42 points in the first half alone. The New England offense looked great in Week 1 against Pittsburgh and now they are adding arguably the best receiver in the NFL into the mix in Antonio Brown. Sony Michel is also a prime candidate for a bounce back performance after a poor showing last weekend.
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New England is also a very impressive 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall. They have also owned the Dolphins against the spread as of late, going 6-3 ATS over their last nine meetings. Miami is clearly in full-blown rebuild mode, which could easily come into play if they fall behind by a few touchdowns early. They are a brutal 1-4 ATS over their last five games and simply don’t have talent to compete with the reigning Super Bowl champions. It was very evident that several starters pulled the chute after Baltimore was clearly in control midway through the second quarter in Week 1. Of course, there was also several stories in the media regarding unnamed players demanding their respective agents to search for a one-way ticket out of town as well. Ultimately, as much as I despise laying almost three touchdowns on the road with a chalky favorite, I have to take the Pats to steamroll Miami on the road here in Week 2.