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2020 NFL Week 1: Dolphins vs. Patriots Betting Analysis, Picks and Odds

New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins Betting Odds and Expert Predictions

Thes best NFL sportsbooks favor the New England Patriots over the Miami Dolphins by six points in their 2020 NFL season opener on September 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.

Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots Betting Odds

TeamSP/RLTOTALML
Dolphins+6 (-105)43 (-105)
Patriots-6 (-115)43 (-115)
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Betting Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are the road underdogs per the best online sportsbooks. Miami has brought a defensive end, Avery Moss back into the roster. Moss was released in late July with Trent Harris. Two days ago, Harris also rejoined the Dolphins. Xavien Howard is the bigger story. He went back to practice for the first time. Released from the COVID-19 list, Howard will be brought back gradually as he continues his recovery from knee issues dating back to last season. Howard would be a surprise starter in week 1 considering he has not taken any practice reps since 2019. The Dolphins trade for Kalen Ballage is as a matter of fact for a conditional 7th round pick. Ballage is thus reunited with Adam Gase who originally drafted him.

Moss started eight games for Miami last season. The Dolphins have a nice group of defensive edge rushers and linebackers. However, they still need more depth. Both Moss and Harris are still not a shoo-in to make the roster. New league roster rules maintain the 53-man limit. On the other hand, teams are now allowed up to 16 players on the practice squad. There are rules in place to let teams add players to their active roster on game day as needed because of the current health circumstances.

According to the best NFL sportsbooks, Miami is 4-1 ATS in its last five games. The total has gone over in six of Miami’s last seven games. The Dolphins are 5-14 SU in their last 19 games. 6-14 SU in their last 20 games against New England. 2-13 SU in their last 15 games on the road. 1-10 SU in their last 11 games playing on the road against New England. The total has gone over in four of Miami’s last five games against an opponent in the AFC. The total has gone over in four of Miami’s last five games against an opponent in the AFC East. Miami is 0-5 ATS in their last five games played in September.

Betting New England Patriots

Having built his entire professional career on receiving passes from Tom Brady, Julian Edelman is now in uncharted waters. The 34-year-old wide receiver is going to have a new quarterback in the 2020 season. Cam Newton looks to be the strongest candidate, although the Patriots still refer to it as a competition. Even Edelman’s nickname is different now. Newton has apparently taken to calling Edelman “Highway 11.” “I think it’s an open forum with him,” Edelman said. “‘Hey, what do you see here? What do you see there?’”

“I have played a lot of football in this league too, and he’s played a lot of football,” Edelman added. “It’s more of a team — ‘What do you see here? I think here is this, that.’ It’s pretty cool, I guess.” The veteran wide receiver feels his new quarterback has embraced a positive attitude. “He just has a good energy about him. He’s very energetic and has a lot of energy to him. He makes it fun. He’s always in a pretty good mood from the time that he’s been here. I can’t speak on any other place or this that, but from what I have seen and what I have learned, he seems like a guy who loves football, has an energy about him and enjoys it. He enjoys football.”

Dolphins vs. Patriots 2020 NFL Week 1 Pick

The Pats, favored by the best NFL sportsbooks, will win, cover the spread, and the total will go Over.