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)

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview

Thursday, December 10, 2020, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California, 8:20 p.m. ET

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview: Patriots (+5.5/-110), Rams (-5.5/-110)

New England Patriots

Quarterback Cam Newton told reporters that his focus is on results — not aesthetics — as he attempts to guide the Patriots (6-6) back to the playoffs. Newton accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) in New England’s 45-0 romp over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday to give him eight TDs (five rushing, three passing) over his past five games. The Patriots own a 4-1 mark in that span.

Damien Harris gained 80 of the 165 rushing yards last week for the Patriots, who boast the NFL’s third-ranked running offense (150.9 yards per game). The passing game has been a work in progress under Newton, who is just 21 of 37 for 153 yards over the past two games combined.

J.C. Jackson picked off rookie Justin Herbert last week, and six of his NFL second-best seven interceptions coming in the past eight games. The Patriots have forced 18 turnovers and are limiting opponents to 21.3 points per game, which ranks seventh in the NFL.

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff answered criticism from coach Sean McVay by throwing for 351 yards and totaling two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) on Sunday, helping the Rams (8-4) move into a tie for first place in the NFC West with a 38-28 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Goff now can aim at avenging a lackluster performance against the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, when he completed just 19 of 38 passes for 229 yards and an interception in a 13-3 loss.

Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp continue to be the focal points in the passing game, with the former reeling in 10 catches for 85 yards against the Cardinals while the latter had eight receptions for 73 yards. Woods has 29 catches for 295 yards and a touchdown in his past three games. Kupp has 37 receptions for 419 yards over his past five contests.

While the Rams boast the NFL’s third-ranked offense (395.3 yards per game), their clouded backfield appears be getting clearer after rookie Cam Akers dominated the carries versus the Cardinals. Akers rushed 21 times for 72 yards and a touchdown, but he was listed as a non-participant on Monday’s estimated injury report and limited on Tuesday due to an ailing shoulder.

Patriots at Rams Betting Pick for Week 14

While several names come to mind when discussing the offensive star of the Rams, there is little question regarding who holds that distinction on defense: Aaron Donald. The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has recorded a sack in back-to-back games to boost his total to 11, which is one shy of the league lead.

With Donald creating havoc at the line of scrimmage, New England’s offense likely will have a tough time getting in gear versus Los Angeles’ second-ranked defense and third-ranked rush defense.

Patriots at Rams Betting Pick:

Rams 21, Patriots 17

Patriots at Rams Best Bet for Week 14

McVay, Goff and the Rams will have plenty of motivation after falling on the wrong side of history in their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. The offense may sputter a bit on a short week, but it’s hard to go against Donald and Co. on the other side of the ball.
Patriots at Rams Best Bet: UNDER 44.5 total points (-109)

Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots Betting Preview

Sunday, November 29, 2020, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts, 1 p.m. ET

Cardinals at Patriots Betting Preview: Cardinals (-2/-110), Patriots (+2/-110)

Arizona Cardinals

All eyes will be on dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray, who was limited in practice to begin the week after injuring his right throwing shoulder last Thursday in the Cardinals’ 28-21 loss to Seattle. There’s nothing wrong with his legs, however, as Murray has rushed for 10 touchdowns to pace Arizona’s top-ranked offense (414.3 total yards per game).

Trusted target DeAndre Hopkins (NFL-high 912 receiving yards), Christian Kirk (team-leading six receiving touchdowns) and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald provide Murray with a bevy of weapons in the passing game. Fitzgerald led the Cardinals (6-4) with eight receptions last week, however Arizona was undone by a familiar foe (penalties) after being flagged 10 times for 115 yards.

Kenyan Drake found the end zone versus the Seahawks to give him his third straight road game with a rushing touchdown. Fellow running back Chase Edmonds has a touchdown in four of his past five games on the road for the Cardinals, who boast the NFL’s second-ranked rushing attack at 157.7 yards per game.

New England Patriots

The Patriots (4-6) will go from out of the frying pan and into the fire as they attempt to subdue a dynamic quarterback for the second straight week. It didn’t go so well last Sunday in a 27-20 setback to Houston, as Deshaun Watson gashed their defense for 344 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Cam Newton erupted for 365 yards last Sunday, with Damiere Byrd reeling in six passes for a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown. Running back James White also had six receptions, however the Patriots’ fourth-ranked rushing attack (153.6 yards) was limited to just 86 yards in the defeat.

Adding injury to insult was the loss of versatile Rex Burkhead, who indicated this week that the knee injury he sustained versus the Texans will end his season. Fellow running back Damien Harris has recorded at last 50 yards from scrimmage in five straight games.

Cardinals at Patriots Betting Pick for Week 12

Limiting Murray’s ground game translates into success for opposing defenses, as the Cardinals are just 1-8-1 when the shifty quarterback has been kept under 30 rushing yards. Murray has been held under that total on two occasions this season — including just 15 yards last week versus the Seahawks.

Easier said than done, however, and the Patriots likely will find that out the hard way on Sunday.

Cardinals at Patriots Betting Pick: Cardinals 34, Patriots 20

Cardinals at Patriots Best Bet for Week 12

The Cardinals are firmly in contention in the NFC West, but their generous defense can take them out of it in a hurry if it doesn’t improve soon. Arizona has allowed an average of 31.5 points over its last four games, and that number makes the over a safe play in this one.

Cardinals at Patriots Best Bet: OVER 49.5 total points (-110)

The Best NFL Under Bets for Week 11: Keep Hammering the Jets

If you look around the internet, you will find article after article begging people to take the over. It is understandable why so many people hate under bets; it is one of the only bets you can lose well before the game is over. Plus, it preys on the anxieties of bettors as you just hope and pray for defensive stop after defensive stop, but not the type of stops that produce points.

For some bettors, the NFL under bet is a painful, anxiety laden play that is best to stay away from. But some people like that kind of thing. Me? I proudly admit I am one of those rare few who revel in the chaos of the NFL under bet, but I enjoy NFL under bets against teams, not the games themselves.

And, of course, as a purely statistical argument, there is one more reason NFL over and NFL under bets are so popular; half the time, the under works all the time. Here are your best NFL under bets for Week 11.

The Jets Are a Disgrace; Hammer Their NFL Under Every Week

The last time we saw the Jets, they were Jetsing their way to a come-from-in-front-defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots. The Jets lost their Week 9 game, 30-27, in a contest they absolutely should not have lost. The most impressive stat? Those 27 points, which were the most points they had scored in five weeks since their 37-28 loss in Denver.

Those two games account for all games this season in which the Jets have scored 20+ points. In fact, the Jets have failed to score double digits in three of their nine games and have failed to reach 18 points in seven of their nine tilts. And what is the Jets’ NFL under bet at Unibet right now? A beautiful and luscious 17.5 (-114). That’s the good type of under bet that warms you up faster than cider right out of the pot.

Why King Henry’s Offense is the Titans’ Best Defense

Most of the time when people examine possible under bets, they like to look at defense vs. offense. That makes an abundance of sense. If you are trying to bet against one team’s offense, the most important factor would be, “how does this defense stack up against them?” That is usually the most important math when discussing unders.

Then there are games where you bet the under because you know it is going to be a ground control contest and there won’t be enough time to put the points up on the board. The Week 11 game between the Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens is one of those affairs.

In last year’s Divisional Round game against the Ravens, Derrick Henry ran the ball 30 times for 195 yards while also throwing a touchdown (yup, he dominated). The Ravens had no answers for anything the Titans did: no answers for Henry on the ground, Ryan Tannehill through the air, and no answer for Mike Vrabel’s defense, which forced Lamar Jackson into three turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble).

Will the Ravens Have Enough Time to Score 28 Points?

In this week’s matchup, the sportsbooks have posted a juicy plus line (+102) for the Ravens to score under 27.5. When you look at the playoff game last year (28-12), that is the type of line that should whet your appetite for the NFL under bet.

Even if you are the type of person who does not like looking at past matchups from previous seasons, the tale of the tape still favors the Titans to put the clamps down on the Ravens. All you have to do is go back to last week where the New England Patriots—fresh off allowing 27 points to the Jets—kept the Ravens to just 17 points (granted, in a monsoon).

They did so with a dominant run game that bruised the undermanned Ravens squad for 4.4 yards per rush and that clip was only “low” thanks to numerous quarterback sneaks from Newton who carried it 10 times for 21 yards. All in all, Damien Harris rushed for 5.5 yards a tote and Rex Burkhead collected 5.2 yards a rush.  

So, in a season where the Patriots defense has had some issues, they kept the Ravens off the board by smashing them to bits on the ground. The 17 points scored by the Ravens marked the fifth time in nine games where the Ravens failed to hit 28 points.

And the Patriots accomplished that with guys named Harris and Burkhead, not King Henry. As for the Titans, their defense might be the downfall as they have held opponents to 28 points or fewer just four times this year. However, the Ravens will go under not because of the Titans defense, but because of their offense. Book it.  

Sources: Cam Newton To Sign With Patriots

The “incentive-laden” deal is reportedly for one-year

It looks like the Pats have found Tom Brady’s successor. A little before 8:00 PM EST, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that Cam Newton reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is “incentive-laden.”

This addition means that the Patriots have three Quarterbacks on the roster heading into this season. Newton will be competing with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the Pats’ starting job. Whoever ends up starting for New England will have big shoes to fill as he looks to be the successor to Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty.

Cam Newton just turned 31 last month after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Newton had notable success after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He finished his tenure with Carolina as the franchise’s all-time leader in Quarterback Wins, Passing Yards, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Completions, Pass Attempts, and Rushing Touchdowns. Newton’s best season came in 2015 when he was named the NFL MVP and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

Sources: Cam Newton To Sign With Patriots

The “incentive-laden” deal is reportedly for one-year

It looks like the Pats have found Tom Brady’s successor. A little before 8:00 PM EST, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that Cam Newton reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is “incentive-laden.”

This addition means that the Patriots have three Quarterbacks on the roster heading into this season. Newton will be competing with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the Pats’ starting job. Whoever ends up starting for New England will have big shoes to fill as he looks to be the successor to Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty.

Cam Newton just turned 31 last month after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Newton had notable success after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He finished his tenure with Carolina as the franchise’s all-time leader in Quarterback Wins, Passing Yards, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Completions, Pass Attempts, and Rushing Touchdowns. Newton’s best season came in 2015 when he was named the NFL MVP and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

Update: Gronkowski Traded To Buccaneers

We have new information regarding the trade between New England and Tampa Bay

An NFL legend is coming out of retirement and returning to the football field. According to Adam Schefter’s sources, Tight End Rob Gronkowski officially passed his physical, which means he is now officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gronkowski will now be reunited with former teammate Tom Brady.

Around 4:00 PM EST earlier today, Adam Schefter reported that sources told ESPN the Pats were trading Gronk to the Buccaneers. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that the Patriots will receive the Bucs’ Fourth-Round pick in the NFL draft in exchange for Gronkowski and a Seventh-Round Pick. The trade was later confirmed by Gronk’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Rosenhaus also told Schefter that “he [Gronkowski] will honor his current contract at this time.”‬ The Five-time Pro Bowler currently has one year remaining on his contract and is owed $9 million. He is set to turn 31 next month.

Rob Gronkowski initially retired in March of 2019 following nine years with the New England Patriots. In his time off, Gronk joined Fox Sports as an analyst and also signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. While with the company, he hosted Wrestlemania 36 and won the WWE 24/7 Championship.

This will be just the second team Rob Gronkowski has ever played for in the NFL. During the first part of his career with the Patriots, he won three Super Bowls and was named a First-Team All-Pro four times.

Report: Gronkowski Traded To Buccaneers

Patriots and Buccaneers have reportedly agreed to a trade involving Rob Gronkowski

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Patriots have agreed to trade TE Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Pats are expected to send Gronk and a Seventh-Round pick to the Bucs for Tampa Bay’s Fourth-Round pick. The trade will become official once Gronkowski passes a physical.

Earlier, Schefter’s sources told him that the teams had been discussing a trade ahead of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Rob Gronkowski is currently under contract for one year and $10 million. He will be turning 31 next month.

Rob Gronkowski initially announced his retirement from the NFL in March of 2019 after a nine-year career. He was named to five Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All-Pro four times during his time with the Patriots. He was also an integral part of three New England Patriot Super Bowl wins.

Gronk had an exciting career outside of football, even though it was brief. He served as an analyst for Fox Sports’ NFL Programming team. He also signed a contract with the WWE in 2020. He went on to host Wrestlemania 36 which aired earlier this month. He also became the WWE 24/7 Champion during his time with the WWE.

Gronkowski never ruled out a return to football during his time away from the game. ESPN says that Gronk always indicated he wanted to reunite with former teammate Tom Brady, who signed with Tampa Bay in March. Now, he will get that opportunity.

This upcoming season will be Gronk’s tenth in the NFL and his first with a team besides the Patriots. He has recorded 521 career receptions for 7861 career receiving yards and 79 Touchdowns during the first nine years of his career.