A matchup of AFC East foes takes place up in the northeast this weekend. A week 2 matchup features the Miami Dolphins traveling on the road for the second straight week as they face the New England Patriots Sunday. The game kicks off from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts at 1:00 pm ET. Regional television coverage for the contest is provided by CBS. The current line currently shows the Patriots as a 6.5 point favorite in the contest with the over/under set at 42.5 points.
Dolphins vs. Patriots Vegas Betting Preview
Miami nearly pulled off a week 1 upset but fell 12-10 on the road against the Seahawks last week. In their first game without Tom Brady, the Patriots hung on for a 23-21 road win over the Cardinals on the road last week. This is the 99th all-time regular season meeting between the teams. Miami has a 52-46 advantage in the series. The teams split a pair of meetings last season. New England took a 36-7 win at home October 29, 2015. Miami evened the score with a 20-10 home win on January 3, 2016.
Free Pick and Point Spread Prediction: Patriots -6.5
Miami held Seattle’s offense in check for most of the game but with the contest hanging in the balance, the Dolphins blinked. The Dolphins took a 10-6 lead with 4:08 to play but allowed Seattle to cover 75 yards in 14 plays. Russell Wilson hit Doug Baldwin with a two yard scoring pass with 31 seconds to play, dooming Miami. Ryan Tannehill hit 16 of 29 passes for 186 yards and scored Miami’s lone touchdown on a four yard run. He was sacked three times, including on the Dolphins’ last two plays. Arian Foster led the Dolphins with 13 carries for 38 yards. He added three receptions for 62 yards but injured his hamstring. Jarvis Landry caught a team high seven passes for 59 yards. Miami needs more than 214 yards of offense to have a shot here.
New England didn’t miss much of a beat without Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Sebastian Vollmer, Rob Ninkovich and Nate Solder in the contest. The Patriots needed to sweat out a 47 yard Chandler Catanzaro field goal attempt that went left in the final minute. Jimmy Garoppolo acquitted himself well in his first NFL start. He completed 24 of 33 passes for 264 yards and a score. LeGarrette Blount did his plodding work as the feature back with 22 carries totaling 70 yards and a score. Stephen Gostkowski was his reliable self, hitting field goals from 53, 47 and 37 yards. Julian Edelman led the Patriots with seven receptions for 66 yards. Chris Hogan, who came over from Buffalo as a free agent, had three catches for 60 yards and a score. His 37 yard touchdown reception opened the scoring.
The Dolphins kept Seattle in check by taking advantage of a questionable Seahawks offensive line. New England still has guys that are banged up but Garoppolo isn’t an innovator as a mobile QB like Wilson. Like Brady, he tends to get rid of the ball quickly to avoid the pressure. Miami’s defense isn’t exactly the greatest in passing situations, as we saw last week with Wilson’s last drive for the game winning score. This one isn’t as close as the Patriots win by at least a touchdown to go to 2-0 heading into a short week. Click here to get a rundown of other free NFL picks!
New England is 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 after giving up at least 250 yards through the air. Miami is 3-13 ATS in their last 16 against the AFC, 1-5 ATS in their last six on fieldturf and 1-8 ATS in their last nine vs. the AFC East.