New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins Match Preview
Patriots by 1-6 · December 20 2020 - 1:00 pm · Hard Rock Stadium
The Miami Dolphins and their resilient defense welcome fellow AFC East outfit New England Patriots to Florida on Sunday. The Patriots head into the game on the back of two successive games against teams from Los Angeles, winning one and losing one of those battles with Californian opposition. The Dolphins also lost last weekend, going down at home to the Kansas City Chiefs. Their steely defense is sure to be tested by the Patriots’ strong running game. Read on to see where we think the best betting value can be found in this game!
Can the Patriots rush to victory?
It looks likely that the Patriots will rely on their running game to take them to victory this Sunday. They average 147.5 yards of rushing per game – the fifth-best in the NFL this season. They have rushed for a total of 1,918 yards this season for an average of 4.5 yards per carry. They have needed that strength on the ground too. Last weekend, QB Cam Newton threw for just 119 yards, and not many teams can still win a game when their quarterback can throw for barely 100 yards.
Miami’s rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is a key man. He has performed well this season in his seven games, and has thrown just one interception all season. He has completed 114 of 184 passes for nine touchdowns and 1.214 yards. He is sure to be tested on Sunday, though. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is known for drilling his defense to put inexperienced QBs under pressure, and Tagavailoa can expect all sorts to come his way on Sunday.
Even in defeat last week, the Dolphins defense showed up well, intercepting the impressive Patrick Mahomes three times – the most he has been intercepted in a game all season. Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts will be back in action on Sunday too, adding more strength to an already resilience Miami defense.
Our Pick: New England by 1-6
Our tip for this game is that New England will win by one to six points. 888Sport is offering odds of +400 on this prediction turning out to be accurate. Cam Newton will need to produce a good performance, though. We expect defense to be on top on Sunday, and that Belichick will have his defense well drilled to put Tagovailoa under real pressure. It will be tight and tense but it is the Patriots who will come away on Sunday with the victory.
Our pick: New England by 1-6 @ +400 with 888Sport