The sportsbooks odds favor the New England Patriots. As they do. Who do they play? Does it make a difference? It does. To the NFL betting spread, that is. In the next chapter of the Dolphins–Patriots rivalry, the latter will be 10½-point faves. Motivation the Pats will not lack. They can secure their ninth consecutive AFC East with a win. Which would be their 15th consecutive road win, too. Devin McCourty doesn’t take either for granted, though. “I think you understand that. You know what’s at stake,” he said. “You’d be lying if you say you don’t know what’s there. That’s the reason we play games, to try to win championships,” he said. “Miami is tough, just like [the weather], that’s something that you always say it’s not a factor but I mean it’s tough to go –– sometimes we play in December when we’re out here practicing,” he added.
"Whether we did or didn’t play them recently, it doesn’t really have too much effect."
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 8, 2017
Dolphins–Patriots rivalry rekindles on MNF
- Date: Monday, 11th December
- Time: 8:35 PM
- Venue: Hard Rock Stadium
Online sportsbook odds for fans who bet on NFL:
Patriots -10½ (-110) 47½ (-115) -625
Dolphins +10½ (-110) 47½ (-105) +462
The Pats have been in a covering mood
The Patriots need to be like a bunch of little Fonzies here. And what’s Fonzie like? Anyone? Anyone? Yolanda? What’s Fonzie like? He’s cool. What? Cool. Correctamundo. And that’s what the Pats need to be. They need to be cool. Tight end Rob Gronkowski lost his cool in Sunday’s win over the Bills. He delivered a late hit on cornerback Tre’Davious White. The Gronk was suspended for one game. And things got a little too spicy for the pepper when the Pats beat the Dolphins a fortnight ago. “That’s important for us every week. It’s a competitive game. There’s a lot of emotion out there. As the coach, I’ve got to do a better job of that,” head coach Bill Belichick said.
The Patriots have covered in six straight games. They have won 16 of their last 19 night games. The Patriots are 5-0 ATS in their last five games in December. They are 10-1 ATS playing a team with a losing record. They are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 on the road. They are 4-1 against the sportsbook NFL odds spread in their last five playing AFC East teams.
Dolphins jump through hoops. The Dolphins jump over the total
The Dolphins snapped a five-game skid. They did so by defeating the Broncos 35-9 on Sunday. Jay Cutler returned from a one-game injury absence. He threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh would “love to make [Tom Brady] mad.” Good luck with that. Tom Brady is calm, cool, and collected as they come. You’d have a better shot at punching a hole in the moon. Oh, and by the way, didn’t Jarvis Landry say the Dolphins would sweep the Pats? Guess he can join the Watch Tower Society now.
The sportsbook NFL odds total has gone over in the Dolphins’ last three games against the Patriots. The total has gone over in eight of the Dolphins’ last nine games against divisional opponents. Will it go over again a new installment of the Dolphins–Patriots rivalry? Hey let’s ask Jarvis Landry! Not.