The New England Patriots will travel in AFC east divisional action when they face the Miami Dolphins in an NFL pro football game on Sunday afternoon. Kick off time from Miami is scheduled for 1PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS.
The betting odds opened up in this NFL game with the road team New England Patriots favored by -9 points with an over under line of 51 points. Early money from the betting public has landed on the side of the home underdog as New England is now favored by -8 ½ points. The total has not moved off the opener of 51 points.
This is the first of two regular season meetings between the Patriots and Dolphins. Last year New England won both games with the road team covering the point spread. Each game went over the total. NFL Trend: The over is 4-0 in their past four head to head meetings.
New England has won five straight games. They improve to 8-3 on the year following a 49-19 road win against the New York Jets on Thanksgiving night as a -7 point favorite. The game went over 48 ½ points. The Patriots put this one away early with the 35-3 lead at the half. Their offense posted 475 yards with 152 running on 39 tries. They had one turnover and took five away from the Jets. Tom Brady hit on 18 of 28 passes for 323 yards with three touchdowns. Brady has 34 touchdowns passes with 3 picks in the 2012 season. New England allowed the Jets offense to put up 407 yards of offense with 119 running on 29 carries. The Patriots are number one in the league in total offense with 435 yards gained per game and in scoring offense with 37 a game. After Miami two tough games are scheduled at home to Houston and San Francisco. New England is one game behind Baltimore for the two seed in the AFC conference playoff race.
Miami improves to 5-6 on the year after a 24-21 home win against the Seattle Seahawks as a +3 point underdog. The total came in at over 37 ½ points. The Dolphins outscores Seattle 17-7 in the fourth quarter in the win. They posted 435 offensive yards with 189 from their ground attack on 28 carries. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill hit on 18 of 26 throws for 253 yards with a touchdown and pick. The rookie quarterback has 7 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on the year. Reggie Bush ran for 87 yards on 14 attempts and one touchdown. Miami allowed the Seahawks offense to gain 312 yards with 96 from their rush game on 27 tries. They sit one game behind both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati for the sixth and final playoff spot. Offense has been a struggled for Miami as they rank 26th in total and scoring offense with 321 yards gained per game and 19 points.