New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins; Odds, Prediction, and Pick

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New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins; Odds, Prediction, and Pick

In a week 1 Monday Night Football match-up, the New England Patriots travel to take on the Miami Dolphins. Both teams will be adding a few new faces to their lineups, and Chad Ochocinco will be making his Patriots debut on the big stage on Monday night. The Dolphins most likely won't have the familiar faces of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, and this will be the first career game for the Dolphins rookie running back Daniel Thomas. Expect the home crowd of Miami to come out loud to start the game, but the strong offense of the Patriots to calm them down pretty early in the game. The Patriots posted the best record in the league last year at 14-2, but bowed out of the playoffs in a loss to the New York Jets. The Dolphins on the other hand finished the season at 7-9, and never really were able to get anything going. They were third in the AFC East behind the Patriots, and the 11-5 Jets. The game will be played on ESPN and is set to kick off at 7:00pm EST.

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» Odds and Sports Betting Line for the Patriots vs. Dolphins

  • New England Patriots: -4.5
  • Miami Dolphins: +4.5
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» Free Prediction

This is the type of game that I see staying close through the first quarter, with both teams getting some chances. From the second quarter on though, it'll be a completely different story. Look for the Patriots air attack to take over the game, and Tom Brady to begin hitting receivers all over the field. Chad Ochocinco will have a big first game in a Pats uniform, and Wes Welker will have a good game as well. As long as the passing game for the Patriots can keep the field open, their running game should have no problems either. I'm taking the New England Patriots to knock off the Miami Dolphins.

  • Prediction: New England Patriots- 31 Miami Dolphins- 21

» Free Pick

This opening week Monday Night Football game will draw quite a bit of attention, and honestly it's probably more than it should warrant for one team. The Dolphins look to have taken a step back from last year. Remember that last year in a similar situation on Monday Night Football at Miami in week 4, the Patriots came in and took down the Dolphins 41-14. Since that point, I feel that the Patriots have gotten better, and the Dolphins have declined. I'm picking the New England Patriots to cover here.

  • Pick: New England Patriots -4.5