NFL Betting: 2021 Regular Season Match – Miami vs New England Preview
The AFC East should be a highly contested division this season. Experts predict that three teams could be potential playoff teams. Two of those three teams will face off against each other on Sunday as the Miami Dolphins will head north to take on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Let’s have a look at our NFL betting preview for the match between the Dolphins and the Patriots.
Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots Betting Preview
New England Patriots
Last season didn’t go so well for the New England Patriots. After allowing Tom Brady to leave via free agency, the Patriots went 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs. Their 11-year streak of winning the AFC East and making the playoffs ended. After a busy offseason, the Patriots are looking to return to the playoffs.
New England made many free agent signings to bolster their squad in the offseason, but the one major move that may make the biggest difference is their first round draft pick. The Patriots drafted quarterback Mac Jones out of Alabama, and at the end of training camp, Bill Belichick released Cam Newton and named Jones the starter.
Two of the major free agents that the Patriots signed in the offseason were tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry. Belichick will be looking to return to the offseason that garnered much success throughout the Tom Brady era.
Defensively, the Patriots also made some improvements. They were missing a lot of players due to COVID issues, and those players will return this season. New England should once again have a very good defense.
It’s finally Tua time! The second-year quarterback will no longer have Ryan Fitzpatrick taking snaps away from him. Head coach Brian Flores has given Tagovailoa his endorsement, and this will be his team. He’ll have a strong group of receivers, led by DeVante Parker and rookie first-round pick Jaylen Waddle. Tight end Mike Gesicki will also see his fair share of balls thrown his way. Myles Gaskin will be the feature back in the offense.
Defensively, the Dolphins should have a very strong secondary led by Xavien Howard. They drafted some rookies that figure to be in the mix for playing time. Many experts feel that the young Dolphins defense has the potential to be a top-10 defense in the league.
Miami finished 10-6 last season but couldn’t get into the playoffs. They know that they squandered a huge opportunity, and they don’t want that to happen again this season.
With the New England Patriots being a three-point favorite at home this weekend, this is going to be a tough one to pick. We’re not sure how all of the new moves will pay off for the Patriots. They’re starting a rookie quarterback with no go-to receivers, and a young, inexperienced backfield.
Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t have much experience either, but he did get some valuable playing time last year. Miami has given him some new weapons, and the Dolphins defense should be a very tough unit to score upon.
Even though New England is at home, we’re going to go with the underdog here and pick the Dolphins to win the game outright. It’s going to be a close one, but we think that this is the year that the Dolphins finally get back to the playoffs.