The fans at Gillette Stadium will be treated to a game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots when they take their seats on Sunday.
Miami at New England
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 14, 2014
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS.
LINE: Patriots -7. O/U: 47.5
PREDICTION: Patriots 34, Dolphins 17
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Oddsmakers currently have the Patriots listed as 7-point favorites versus the Dolphins, while the game’s total is sitting at 47½.
New England has a pretty stout pass defense of its own and held Philip Rivers to 189 passing yards in a 23-14 victory at San Diego last week. That marked the eighth win in nine games for the Patriots, who hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Denver Broncos for the top spot in the AFC and play two of their final three at home, where they have not dropped a regular-season game since 2012. “Well, it’s a long season, and we’ve still got three games left,” Brady told reporters. “There is a lot of football to be played. There are a lot of things to be decided. The only thing that matters is this week. That’s the only thing we can control.”
New England was a 23-14 winner in its last match on the road against the Chargers. They covered the -4-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 37 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Team record: 10-3 SU,8-5 ATS
New England is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
New England is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of New England’s last 10 games
New England is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Miami is tied with Houston, Kansas City, Buffalo and Cleveland a game behind Pittsburgh, San Diego and Baltimore in the AFC wild-card picture. The Dolphins trailed the Patriots 20-10 in Week 1 but put up 23 straight points in the second half while holding Brady and the New England offense to 67 yards after the break. Miami boasts the third-best pass defense in the NFL, limiting opponents to an average of 203.2 yards, and expects to get better on Sunday with the return of cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan (ankle) and Jamar Taylor (shoulder). “To be able to be back, it’s tremendous, especially in this kind of game,” Finnegan told reporters.
In their last action, Miami was a 28-13 loser at home against the Ravens. They failed to cover the -3-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (41) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.
Team record: 7-6 SU,7-6 ATS
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Miami’s last 8 games
Miami is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Miami is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games on the road