TNF Betting Odds: Dolphins Look to Halt New England’s Perfect Run

Posted by Aaron . on October 27, 2015 in

When the New England Patriots held on for a clutch 30-23 win over the New York Jets on Sunday, they kept their dream of a perfect season alive. They have another tough home game in the AFC East on tap this weekend as the Miami Dolphins come to town. A few weeks ago, this would have been a cake walk for the Pats, but the Dolphins now have interim head coach Dan Campbell at the helm, and he has his team, shall we say, motivated.

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Date/Time: Thursday, October 29, 8:25 PM
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
TV: CBS
Betting Odds:  Patriots -7½

Miami comes in with a 3-3 record, but they have won two straight, most recently a 44-26 rout of the Houston Texans this past Sunday. The Dolphins were up 41-0 before they took their foot off the gas. This moves the Dolphins closer to their first playoff game since 2008.

Dan Campbell, whose work is progressively transforming the Dolphins into a solvent team, is only the fifth NFL interim coach since 2000 to win his first two contests in the league. The Texans had beaten Miami eight straight times before last Sunday, which made the win even better. The hero for the day for Miami was quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He completed his first 18 throws and had four touchdown passes in the first 16 minutes of the games.

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At the end of the game, he had 282 yards and a quarterback rating of 158.3. He set a new NFL record with 25 consecutive completions, starting in Week 6 and continuing into this game. Lamar Miller and Jarvis Landry also had a big hand in the Miami victory. Miller ran for 175 yards on just 14 carries, scoring a touchdown. Landry hauled in five passes for 83 yards and a couple of touchdowns, including a highlight-reel 50 yard catch and run.

However, the Dolphins have lost their last six games against the Patriots in Foxborough. The Patriots have been on fire offensively, averaging over 410 yards per game, good for second in the NFL. The Dolphins have been playing a stout defense lately, only permitting 310 yards per game and 18 points over their last two games. Miami is 6-4 straight up and against the spread in their last 10 road contests.

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The Patriots are now 6-0 for the first time since that incredible 2007 season after beating the Jets. They average 35.5 points per game this year, leading the NFL. Brady went 34 for 54 against the Jets, rolling up 355 yards and adding two touchdowns. In the fourth quarter, Brady led the Pats back from a 20-16 deficit by going 13 for 16, picking up 135 yards. His most common target was Rob Gronkowski, who hauled in 11 catches for 108 yards and a score. Danny Amendola also pulled in some glory over the game getting 86 receiving yards and a score. The Patriots lead the NFL with 16 passing touchdowns this season. So far they are 9-1 straight up and 6-2-2 against the spread in their last 10 home contests.