The Patriots didn’t pull out the win in Week 1, but they came awfully close. After digging themselves into a 16-0 hole against the Eagles at home, they clawed back and had a chance to win the game at the end, falling just short in a 25-20 loss.
The Pats will look to build off that strong effort in Week 2 against a division rival when the Dolphins come to town. Here’s a look at what the odds are saying about this upcoming AFC East showdown.
Patriots vs. Dolphins Week 2 Opening Odds
After how well the Patriots played in Week 1, it’s pretty surprising to see them listed as home underdogs against the Dolphins in Week 2.
Miami barely earned a win in Week 1, outgunning the Chargers in a 36-34 shootout. Los Angeles always finds a way to lose close games, however, so that’s not particularly impressive.
While the Dolphins are a good team in their own right, they’re not on the same level as Philadelphia, which went 14-3 and made it to the Super Bowl last year. Miami, on the other hand, went 9-8 and backed into a playoff spot.
The Dolphins got lucky in Week 1, but we didn’t. For starters, we had to play the entire game with two rookie offensive linemen against the best defensive line in the NFL. If Cole Strange and/or Mike Onwenu return in Week 2, we’ll be in much better shape. I
Once the game started, we also fell victim to some bad luck. The rainy weather was definitely a factor, and Mac Jones even cited it as a reason for his early pick-six. Right now, the weather looks much more favorable for this Sunday with the current forecast calling for sunshine and temps in the high 70s.
What’s more, New England would have beaten Philadelphia were it not for a few costly unforced errors. In addition to the pick-six, the team also went just 1-for-4 on fourth-down attempts, committed multiple holding penalties and had several receivers fail to get both feet inbounds on catches. Throw in some questionable reffing, and the Patriots are capable of much better results this week if they play cleaner football and a couple of breaks go their way.
Are the Patriots a better team than the Dolphins right now? It’s too early to say, but I have a feeling they’ll be a pretty profitable bet in Week 2. I wouldn’t be surprised if this game ends up being a pick’em by kickoff, or if New England becomes slightly favored.
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