After stunning the Buffalo Bills in a massive 29-25 upset win at home in Week 7, the New England Patriots hit the road to face another divisional opponent in Week 8. Their next game will be against the Miami Dolphins, who edged the Patriots 24-17 in Foxborough back in Week 2.
A lot has changed for both teams since then, especially New England. However, the oddsmakers at WynnBET Sportsbook didn't seem to factor in any of the Patriots' recent signs of progress before releasing their Week 8 opening odds for this weekend's game.
Patriots vs Dolphins Week 8 Opening Odds
As of Monday morning, WynnBET has New England as a 10-point road underdog for Week 8, which is just disrespectful.
For starters, that Week 2 clash between these two teams was incredibly close. The Patriots were driving late in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game, but unfortunately Mac Jones threw short of the sticks on fourth down and their rally fizzled out.
Furthermore, this line disregards the fact that divisional games tend to be close. New England has played three divisional games so far this year, and all of them were one-possession games. In this case, four of the last five meetings between the Patriots and Dolphins were decided by single digits.
Lastly, the opening odds are blatantly ignoring what happened in Week 7. New England beat the Bills -- a team comparable to Miami -- while the Dolphins lost by 14 points to the Philadelphia Eagles. Miami is now 2-2 over its last four games with a -6 point differential, so the Dolphins are hardly infallible.
The Patriots may not win this game, but they should be able to keep things relatively close against their AFC East rival, making New England +10 a solid bet at WynnBET this week.
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