NFL fans might take some time getting accustomed to seeing the New England Patriots not having Tom Brady under center. Instead, the Pats will have Cam Newton calling the plays for the Patriots, who’ll debut their new quarterback this coming Sunday at home against the visiting Miami Dolphins. Join our 2020 NFL Survivor Pool contest and check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots Regular Season Week 1 Game on September 13, 2020
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro
When: Sunday, September 13, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Miami Dolphins (+6.5)
Regular Season Record: 0-0
The ‘Tank for Tua’ project last season turned in the desired result for the Dolphins, as they got their man in the form of the former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft. However, Tua Tagovailoa has to wait a little bit longer before he gets the keys to the starting duties under center from veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. With improved talents in the skill positions on offense (addition of Matt Breida and Jordan Howard in the backfield) and a little sturdier offensive line, the Dolphins are expected to play better than they did a year ago when they ranked 25th in scoring with 19.1 points per game. In their last game of the 2019 season, the Dolphins scored a 27-24 shock win in Foxboro, as Fitzpatrick passed for 320 yards on 28-of-41 completions to go with a touchdown, while wide receiver DeVante Parker had eight receptions for 137 receiving yards.
The Dolphins are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games.
Betting on the New England Patriots (-6.5)
Regular Season Record: 0-0
Tom Brady is gone in New England. But his replacement under center for the Patriots is another known quarterback in Cam Newton, who used to be among the elite signal-callers in the league and is now looking to prove that he’s still got it. Newton has missed a ton of games over the last few seasons due to injuries. It’s fair to say that he’s no longer the player he was before, but there must be enough juice in him for the Patriots to decide to bring him over to their storied franchise. Downfield, Newton can hook up with the likes of proven veteran Julian Edelman and up-and-coming sophomore N’Keal Harry. The talent right now on the Patriots’ offense should be enough to trouble a team like Miami that is still developing. The Patriots’ defense is also a problem for the Dolphins, as New England has one of the best sets of linebackers plus a solid crew in the secondary that features Stephon Gilmore and Devin McCourty.
The Patriots are 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games against Miami.
The Patriots win, 27-17.
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