Dolphins-Patriots Betting Preview: Will Tom Brady Really Lose 3 Straight?
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Betting odds: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
- Spread: Patriots -6.5
- Over/Under: 48
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- TV channel: CBS
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Betting market: For the first few days of the week, spread bets were split just about 50/50. The Patriots had moved from -7 to -6.5 late Sunday night and have since remained there, but bettors have grown tired of New England.
At the time of writing, the Pats were down to just 43% of spread bets (see live data here), which is the lowest support they’ve received since Jacoby Brissett led them to a 27-0 win over the Texans in September 2016.
Trends to know: The Patriots have now dropped two straight for the first time since the end of the 2015 season. Brady has only lost three consecutive starts straight up once: In 2002, when the Pats lost four in a row and finished 9-7 (that season was also the last time New England failed to hit the 10-win mark).
Miami has a better record than New England, but that hasn’t helped teams in the past. Since 2003, teams facing Brady with a better record than the Patriots are 6-17-2 ATS in the regular season. — John Ewing
Since 2003, the Patriots are 22-7-2 ATS when receiving less than half of the spread bets. — Mark Gallant
Injury watch: The Dolphins expect to have defensive end Cameron Wake (knee) and safety Reshad Jones (shoulder), but linebacker Chase Allen (foot) and defensive end Andre Branch (knee) are unlikely to suit up.
Meanwhile, the potential absence of starting tight end A.J. Derby (foot) could lead to increased snaps for electric rookie tight end Mike Gesicki.
The Patriots’ laundry list of limited practice participants includes key players on both sides of the ball.
Rob Gronkowski (ankle) and right tackle Marcus Cannon (calf) are expected to suit up on Sunday after playing through their questionable tags last week
The following Patriots should be considered questionable: Cornerback Eric Rowe (groin), defensive end Trey Flowers (concussion), defensive end Geneo Grissom (ankle), safety Patrick Chung (concussion), defensive tackle Danny Shelton (elbow), wide receiver Josh Gordon (hamstring), and tight end Jacob Hollister (chest).
DFS edge: No. 1 Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard has made a name for himself during his brief shadow appearances.
Brandin Cooks (1-38-0), Julio Jones (6-72-0) and Amari Cooper (2-17-0) have all failed to get anything going with Howard at their hip since the beginning of last season.
Still, Howard has only spent 3.7% of his snaps in the slot this season, so he’ll likely see more of Gordon (hamstring) and Phillip Dorsett than Chris Hogan (53% slot rate).
Bet to watch: Patriots -6.5
The Patriots are 5-0 in their last five games coming off a two-game losing streak. New England desperately needs a wide receiver to stretch the field, and it appears Gordon will be active for this game.
I know it is inevitable that Brady and the Pats’ hold on the AFC East won’t last forever and will fall off at some point. However, until that happens, I am going to continue backing the Pats. — Peter Jennings
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