MNF Preview: Dolphins Try to Stay in Playoff Hunt Against Pats

Miami Dolphins Football

Dolphins Cutler Has Never Beaten the Pats

The New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins meet at Hard Rock Stadium on Monday Night Football to wrap up NFL Week 14. ESPN will have the television coverage and Kickoff is set for 8:30 pm EST.

Jay Cutler has never beaten the Patriots and he is not expected to do so Monday night. While playing for the Broncos and Bears his teams have lost by 34, 29 and 28 points in his three attempts against the Patriots.

Oddsmakers opened the Patriots as -10.5-point favorites versus the Dolphins, while the game’s total opened at 48.5. The line is still the same after moving to 11.5 and back down.

Dolphins are Longshot to Make Playoffs

In their last action, Miami was a 35-9 winner at home against the Denver Broncos. They covered the +1-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (44) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

The Dolphins have zero hope of winning the AFC East. They are long shots to return to the playoffs for a second straight year as a wild card. Miami did get a boost in the arm from the win against the Broncos.

The Dolphins should be fairly healthy for Monday’s game. Pro Bowl center Mike Pounceyshould play after leaving the Broncos game with a tweaked hamstring. Cornerback Cordrea Tankersley is fine after suffering ankle and shoulder injuries.

Miami is 26th in the league by averaging 17.4 points. This is an improvement from its last-place standing just a couple of weeks ago.

Patriots Without Gronk and Fighting for Home Field Advantage

The Patriots were a 23-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Buffalo Bills. They covered the -7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (26) made winners of UNDER bettors.

New England entered this week tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the best record in the AFC. They will be without star tight end Rob Gronkowski. He was suspended for one game for his panty waisted cheap shot last week against Tre’Davious White of the Buffalo Bills.

Dwayne Allen will replace Gronkowski at tight end. Allen was a first-team All-ACC tight end at Clemson and a third-round pick in 2012. He is a capable player, and Tom Brady should find him in situations to make him successful. Allen has five catches for 40 yards and one touchdown this year. He has been targeted 13 times.

At wide receiver and tight end alone, the Patriots will be without five key players on Monday. Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett at tight end. Julian Edelman is out with a knee issue, Chris Hogan is out with hisshoulder, and Malcolm Mitchell has a knee problem at wide receiver.

The Patriots should be fine with a receiver group that includes Brandin Cooks, who has 53 catches, 886 yards, 16.7 average, five touchdowns. Danny Amendola has 46 catches, 489 yards, 10.6 average, two touchdowns. Former Miami Hurricanes speed-burner Phil Dorsett has lately become the third receiver.

Brady is still at the top of his game at age 40. He has thrown for 26 touchdowns and 3,632 yards with only four interceptions. The Patriots are averaging 29 points per game. That ranks first in the AFC and fourth in the NFL.


Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
New England10-28-429.5520.009.553-35-16-64-22-4
Power Stats
Yards Per Point

Yards Per Pass


Yards Per Rush

Team Records

New England Patriots

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf7-13-14-05-32-23-130.0018.6311.37
vs Div2-00-02-01-10-01-123.5010.0013.50
Last 33-01-02-03-01-02-030.339.3321.00

Miami Dolphins

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf4-43-11-33-3-22-0-21-318.5023.25-4.75
vs Div0-20-00-20-20-00-211.5027.50-16.00
Last 31-21-10-11-21-10-124.0024.67-0.67


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense29.00424.8325
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense309.001215.0014
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense121.50881.177
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense17.422618.588
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense234.3317257.0026
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense87.5028109.1710

Head To Head Summary

New England7-37-35-528.30125.404.1336.5061.64251.50376.900.80

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 26, 2017MIANE17-356715422131962214172
Jan 1, 2017NEMIA35-141202763960752052802
Sep 18, 2016MIANE24-317038945941613044651
Jan 3, 2016NEMIA10-20701261960963424380
Oct 29, 2015MIANE7-36152552702953424370
Dec 14, 2014MIANE13-417630838421082873951
Sep 7, 2014NEMIA20-338922631521911693603
Dec 15, 2013NEMIA20-24963574531892893781
Oct 27, 2013MIANE17-2715614530131521002521
Dec 30, 2012MIANE0-284720925621672764430

NFL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

New England Patriots

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 3, 2017BUF23-3W-7.5/49W/U191244435183852680A
Nov 26, 2017MIA35-17W-17/49W/O19622141767154221-1H
Nov 19, 2017OAK33-8W-7/55W/U89331420109235344-2A
Nov 12, 2017DEN41-16W-7/45W/O99297396118221339-2A
Oct 29, 2017LAC21-13W-6.5/48W/U97317414157192349-1H

Miami Dolphins

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 3, 2017DEN35-9W1/41W/O1452223671031672700H
Nov 26, 2017NE17-35L17/49L/O671542211962214171A
Nov 19, 2017TB20-30L1/44L/O83365448532683215H
Nov 13, 2017CAR21-45L8/38.5L/O1002133132942545481A
Nov 5, 2017OAK24-27L3/44.5P/O8630939584295379-1H

Weather in
MiamiUnited States

Weather is Sunny  67°F

Humidity is 40%
Wind is North 7 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
Pressure is N/A inHg

Forecast for Miami

Next up:
New England at Pittsburgh Sunday, December 17
Miami at Buffalo Sunday, December 17

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