The Patriots are coming off a major prime-time letdown with a loss to the Saints last week and suddenly need their first true road win of the season to secure their grip on the AFC East lead. There are some questions on defense after the inexperienced unit had its worst outing of the year. The Dolphins cannot afford to lose, as a loss would basically dethrone the reigning division champions. The Patriots (7-4) were on the brink of defeating the undefeated Indianapolis Colts on the road on November 15th, but the team certainly didn’t look like a member of the NFL’s elite in the latest meeting with an unbeaten opponent. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees embarrassed the Patriots defense by throwing for 371 yards and five touchdowns in the Saints 38-17 win last Monday. The Patriots hadn’t allowed so many yards or points all year. New England plays three of its final five games on the road and currently holds a 1 ½ game lead over the Jets for the AFC East lead. The Dolphins are going to need a better effort from quarterback Chad Henne, who threw three interceptions against Buffalo last week. Your betting lines, trends and predictions for this Patriots vs Dolphins game are listed below.
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Patriots vs. Dolphins Betting Line and Odds:
New England Patriots -4 (-110)
vs Miami Dolphins +4 (-110)
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Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
Patriots vs. Dolphins Predictions:
Final Score Prediction – Patriots 27 Dolphins 20
Spread – Tom Brady has beaten the Dolphins once this year throwing for 332 yards. Miami rookies Vontae Davis and Sean Smith continue to start at cornerback. Miami is coming off a potential season ending loss last week against Buffalo, when it allowed 24 unanswered points in its fourth quarter lose 31-14. There are rumors that Pat White will be used more in this game but I don’t think it will make a difference. Take the PATRIOTS to cover this 4 point spread.
Over/Under Prediction- I like the OVER in this one. Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano has a defense that has allowed more than 100 yards rushing in seven straight games. This means Laurence Maroney will have a busy day pounding the ball, he has rushed for eight touchdowns this year. As much as the Patriots have been soft on defense their offense has had no trouble putting up points. Take the OVER in this one.
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