New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins Betting Preview

Sunday, December 20, 2020, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, 1 p.m. ET

Patriots at Dolphins Betting Preview: Patriots (+2/-112), Dolphins (-2/-109) 

New England Patriots

The Patriots (6-7) bid for a sweep of the Dolphins on Sunday after failing to take out the brooms in their games against the SoFi Stadium tenants over the last two weeks. Cam Newton, who rushed for a season-high 75 yards and two touchdowns in New England’s 21-11 win over Miami on Sept. 13, found the end zone in a 45-0 win over the Chargers on Dec. 6 before finding the pine in a 24-3 loss to the Rams on Thursday.

Damien Harris leads the team in carries (137), yards (691) and yards per carry (5.0) despite missing the first three games of the season following surgery on his pinkie finger. Fellow running back Sony Michel has rushed 17 times for 57 yards since returning to the lineup, although he has rushed for a touchdown in each of his last three meetings with Miami.

Damiere Byrd has 21 catches over his last five weeks to boost his season total to 42, matching Jakobi Meyers for the team lead. N’Keal Harry led the Patriots with 49 receiving yards last week versus the Rams and tied Julian Edelman with a team-best five catches in the season opener against the Dolphins.

Miami Dolphins

Rookie Tua Tagovailoa looks to build off his season-high 316-yard passing performance in Miami’s 33-27 loss to Kansas City when he faces the Patriots for the first time in his career. The fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft also rushed for a touchdown last week, a promising sight considering the Dolphins’ backfield is in disarray.

Mike Gesicki reeled in two touchdown passes last week and boasts 602 receiving yards on the season, which ranks third best among AFC tight ends. Gesicki (shoulder), however, joins wideouts DeVante Parker (hamstring) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) as well as running back Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) with injury concerns. 

With running back Myles Gaskin on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Miami (8-5) likely will look for DeAndre Washington to handle the rushing duties against New England. Xavien Howard has reeled in an interception in five straight games to boost his career-high total to an NFL-best nine on the season.

Patriots at Dolphins Betting Pick for Week 15

The Patriots rushed at will against the Dolphins in the season opener, doing so to the tune of 42 carries for 217 yards. While New England boasts the NFL’s No. 5 rushing attack (147.5 yards per game), its 26th-ranked scoring (21.3 points), 24th-ranked total offense (332.9 yards) and 29th-ranked passing (185.4 yards) outputs leave plenty to be desired.

The bet is the Patriots can run the ball on Sunday. If not, it will be another long day for Bill Belichick’s crew.

Patriots at Dolphins Betting Pick: 

Patriots 21, Dolphins 16

Patriots at Dolphins Best Bet for Week 15

The Patriots are trending toward missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season. With that said, they’ll do their part to make sure the Dolphins don’t improve their stock at their expense.

Patriots at Dolphins Best Bet: UNDER 42 total points (-109)

5 NFL Prop Bets To Watch This Weekend

Last weekend saw some ridiculous action around the NFL, including a could-have-should-have-somehow-didn’t win for the Jets and the Steelers lose for the first time.

As we inch closer to the postseason, here are five prop bets we’ve got our eye on this weekend.

Jared Goff

Over/Under: Jared Goff (-113) throws for more than 271.5 yards against the Patriots

Prediction: Under

After a somewhat slow start to the season, it looks like both of these teams have finally found their footing. The 6-6 Pats travel to LA to face the 8-4 Rams on Thursday evening.

Entering the game, Los Angeles ranks sixth in the league in passing offense, averaging 271.2 yards per game. While the Pats may not be as fearsome as they were last year, New England has the seventh-ranked scoring defense in the NFL this season. New England’s defense ranks 13th against the pass (225.8 yards/game).

So what gives? My prediction is the Rams focus on attacking the Patriots on the ground; New England is in the bottom-half of the league against the run.

Dalvin Cook

Minnesota (+116) will be the first team to score in the Vikings-Buccaneers game

Prediction: Yes

The game between the Buccaneers and the Vikings could have major NFC playoff implications: Tampa Bay is projected to be the sixth seed in the NFC while the Vikings would be the seventh seed. The winner of this game will significantly increase their chances to reach the 2020 postseason.

This one comes down to the coin flip, but I’m more confident the Vikings defense can get a game-opening stop and put points on the board than Tampa holding Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson down early in the game.

Josh Allen

Over/Under: 5.5 combined passing TDs in the Bills-Steelers game.

Prediction: Over

Sunday night could feature one of the best regular-season games of the year. The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to bounce back after suffering a disappointing loss at the hands of the Washington Football Team, ending their bid for an undefeated season. On the other side, the 9-3 Buffalo Bills are looking to continue building their confidence heading to the playoffs.

This game features two of the best passing attacks in the NFL. Buffalo ranks fourth in passing touchdowns this season while the Steelers rank sixth. Also, the Bills (fifth) and Steelers (11th) are among the league leaders in team Quarterback Rating.

In his last five games, Josh Allen has completed 72.6% of his passes and thrown 10 passing TDs. In his last five contests, Ben Roethlisberger’s has found the end zone more frequently than Allen (12 TDs to 3 INTs). I anticipate both QBs finding success come Sunday night.

This is a primetime game that will have a huge impact on how the AFC playoff race shakes out.

Nick Chubb

Over/Under: 299.5 total rushing yards in the Ravens-Browns game

Prediction: Under

The 9-3 Browns are coming off one of the best wins in recent franchise history, hammering the Titans 41-35 last week. Baltimore is hoping they can turn things around after winning only two of their previous six outings. The Ravens desperately need this game if they want to keep their playoff dreams alive while the Browns are looking to lock in a playoff berth.

This matchup will feature the top two rushing offenses in the NFL. The Ravens have the number one rushing attack in the league (169 rushing yards per game). Cleveland is right on their heels (pun intended), ranking second in the league at 157.8 yards per game on the ground.

Will these teams maintain their season averages on the ground, or will the opposing coaching staff try to take away the run game? My bet is to take the under in this prop – both sides will focus on the run (which means check Baker Mayfield’s props this weekend as well).

Patrick Mahomes

The Chiefs (+155) will be the last team to score a TD in the KC-MIA game

Prediction: No

After starting the year 1-3, the Dolphins have rebounded to win seven of their last eight – all while making multiple changes at the quarterback position. Kansas City, on the other hand, saw their chances at the top seed in the AFC increase dramatically when the Steelers lost to Baltimore. And they have no questions or concerns under center.

Miami is battling for a playoff spot and they’ve shown a lot of heart, but Kansas City’s offense is almost impossible to slow down. While I believe the Chiefs will win this game, I’m betting the Dolphins put points on the board last.

Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos Betting Preview

Sunday, November 22, 2020, Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado, 4:05 p.m. ET

Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos Betting Preview: Dolphins (-3.5/-103), Broncos (+3.5/-121)

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins (6-3) bid for their sixth straight victory on Sunday behind rookie Tua Tagovailoa, who has thrown five touchdown passes without an interception over his three starts this season. Tagovailoa found the end zone twice for the second straight game in Miami’s 29-21 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Salvon Ahmed has made the most of his playing time in place of the injured Myles Gaskin (knee), following up a 5.4 yards per carry performance against Arizona on Nov. 8 with 85 yards and a touchdown versus the Chargers. Fellow running back Matt Breida is trending in the right direction after being a full participant in practice on Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a hamstring injury.

DeVante Parker, who leads the team in receptions (38) and receiving yards (462), has mustered just 14 catches for 183 yards in his last five games. Diminutive wideout Jakeem Grant has come on strong with four receptions in three of his last four games.

Denver Broncos

While the Dolphins are ascending, the Broncos (3-6) have dropped three of four and could be forced to take another turn on the quarterback carousel. Drew Lock, who threw a career-high four interceptions in Denver’s 37-12 setback to Las Vegas on Sunday, is nursing a rib injury that could put backup Brett Rypien under center this weekend.

The Broncos’ running game has failed to get untracked this season, with Phillip Lindsay repeatedly nursing injuries while he attempts to aid Melvin Gordon in the backfield. Denver’s 19th-ranked rushing game mustered just 66 yards versus Las Vegas.

Rookie Jerry Jeudy is leading the team in average yards per catch (16.2) and receiving yards (552), including 17.7 and 266 being accumulated over the last three games. Tight end Noah Fant, who leads the team in catches (35), now is nursing an injury to his ribs after being hobbled by an ailing ankle.

Dolphins at Broncos Betting Pick for Week 11

Miami’s opportunistic defense likely will be relishing the chance to greet Rypien, who has tossed four interceptions in two games this season. The Dolphins’ defense is tied for fourth in the NFL with 15 takeaways and seven fumble recoveries.

That defense will present Tagovailoa with a short field to work his magic, ultimately resulting in a convincing victory for a Miami team eyeing the penthouse in the AFC East.

Dolphins at Broncos Betting Pick: Dolphins 28, Broncos 13

Dolphins at Broncos Best Bet for Week 11

While Tagovailoa has been victorious, he hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire. His efficient and mistake-free performances are gold in the eyes of Brian Flores, however, the scoreboard operator may not be as impressed.

Dolphins at Broncos Best Bet: UNDER 45 (-110)

NFL Legend Don Shula Dies

Hall of Fame Head Coach passed away this morning

One of the greatest coaches in the history of football is gone. A little after 10 o’clock this morning, the Miami Dolphins announced that legendary head coach Don Shula passed away peacefully in his Miami home. The team went ahead and released a statement about the impact Shula had on the team and the world of sports.

Don Shula has one of the most impressive coaching resumes in football history. He was a head coach in the NFL from 1963 to 1995. First, he was the Coach of the Baltimore Colts from 1963 until 1969. Then Shula left the Colts to become the Coach of the Miami Dolphins in 1970. Shula would be Head Coach of the Dolphins for the next 25 years until his retirement following the conclusion of the 1995 regular season. During his coaching career, Shula was named the AP NFL Coach of the Year four times, reached six Super Bowls, and only recorded two losing-seasons.

Most of Shula’s accolades came during his time in Miami. It was there that Shula led the Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL History in 1972. He also set the record for most total wins in an NFL Head Coaching career with 347. During his time in Miami, Shula coached the Dolphins to back-to-back Super Bowl Victories in 1973 and 1974. Shula was honored as a member of the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team and was also named to the league’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Shula is survived by his wife Mary Anne and their five children. Don Shula was 90 years old.