New England Patriots (9-3) vs Miami Dolphins (6-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1:00 PM (Hard Rock Stadium)
Line and Odds: Miami Dolphins -8, Over/Under 47
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This matchup features two rivals in the AFC East. One of the teams has been dominate for about 20 years now. The other is trying to find the success that they once had. These two play each other hard no matter what their records are or where the game is being played. The Patriots seem to have issues in warm weather. Let’s see if the Dolphins can use the weather to slow down the Patriots.
New England Patriots
The Patriots just came off a huge win against the Minnesota Vikings. They beat the number one ranked defense. In fact, the Patriots scored 24 points. The only quarter they didn’t score a touchdown in was the 2nd. Where the Patriots were able to win was on third and fourth down. The Patriots were 7/14 on third down conversion. It would be hard for any team to beat someone who goes 50%. They also converted their only fourth down conversion. The Patriots made it look easy on offense.
The place where the Patriots have struggled is on defense. What has not shown up on the stat sheet is that the Patriots can apply pressure. The Patriots only had 13 sacks and had a few against the Vikings. They held the Vikings to just 10 points. The Patriots forced 2 turnovers. The Vikings were just 3 for 12 on third down conversions. They held Davin Cook and company to just 95 yards on the ground. The Vikings only touchdown came in the 2nd quarter. The Patriots held the Vikings to just 278 total yards. This was a good defensive stand for the Patriots.
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The Dolphins defeated another AFC East rival last week. At home, they beat the Buffalo Bills. This game was a close one. After the 1st quarter, it was a 7-6 game. Both teams can use the wins down the stretch. The question for the Dolphins recently has been quarterback Ryan Tannehill worth it? He has his good and bad games just like every quarterback does. He had a good game against the Bills he threw three touchdowns and only 1 interception. The Bills held them to just 175 total yards and they still found a way to win.
The Dolphins defense will really have to be ready for the Patriots. They gave up 415 yards to the Bills. Where the Dolphins were able to cause three turnovers. They had two interceptions and a fumble. Now they still allowed the Bills to score 17 points. Josh Allen a rookie quarterback had two touchdown passes. Brady will try and put better numbers against the Dolphins. The defense will have many more weapons to deal with. The Bills rushed for 231 yards with a group of running backs. The Patriots will use James White, Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead.
The warm weather has not been kind to the Patriots. When the Patriots come south it has been difficult. The Dolphins have struggled this year. The Dolphins are 5-1 at home this year. They will be looking to have some revenge against the Patriots who beat them earlier in the year. The Patriots are coming off a big win against the Vikings. The Dolphins gave up a lot of years against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are not the same as the Vikings. Even though they are in Miami the Dolphins will struggle. They will be in a fight to go 4-1 in the division.
My Pick: Patriots -8