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.

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
New England 10-2 8-4 29.55 20.00 9.55 3-3 5-1 6-6 4-2 2-4
Miami 5-7 4-6-2 15.82 26.27 -10.45 2-2-2 2-4 7-5 4-2 3-3
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
NE 13.91 19.27 -5.36
MIA 18.07 13.18 4.89

Yards Per Pass

Name Offense Defense Differential
NE 11.58 11.22 0.36
MIA 8.98 10.70 -1.72

Yards Per Rush

Name Offense Defense Differential
NE 4.08 4.87 -0.79
MIA 3.61 4.29 -0.68
Team Records

New England Patriots

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 10-2 4-2 6-0 8-4 3-3 5-1 29.00 18.58 10.42
vs Conf 7-1 3-1 4-0 5-3 2-2 3-1 30.00 18.63 11.37
vs Div 2-0 0-0 2-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 23.50 10.00 13.50
Last 3 3-0 1-0 2-0 3-0 1-0 2-0 30.33 9.33 21.00

Miami Dolphins

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 5-7 3-3 2-4 4-6-2 2-2-2 2-4 17.42 24.83 -7.41
vs Conf 4-4 3-1 1-3 3-3-2 2-0-2 1-3 18.50 23.25 -4.75
vs Div 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-2 0-0 0-2 11.50 27.50 -16.00
Last 3 1-2 1-1 0-1 1-2 1-1 0-1 24.00 24.67 -0.67

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 29.00 4 24.83 25
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 309.00 1 215.00 14
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 121.50 8 81.17 7
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 17.42 26 18.58 8
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 234.33 17 257.00 26
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 87.50 28 109.17 10

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
New England 7-3 7-3 5-5 28.30 125.40 4.13 36.50 61.64 251.50 376.90 0.80
Miami 3-7 3-7 5-5 16.90 88.20 3.75 38.80 63.40 246.50 334.70 2.20

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Nov 26, 2017 MIA NE 17-35 67 154 221 3 196 221 417 2
Jan 1, 2017 NE MIA 35-14 120 276 396 0 75 205 280 2
Sep 18, 2016 MIA NE 24-31 70 389 459 4 161 304 465 1
Jan 3, 2016 NE MIA 10-20 70 126 196 0 96 342 438 0
Oct 29, 2015 MIA NE 7-36 15 255 270 2 95 342 437 0
Dec 14, 2014 MIA NE 13-41 76 308 384 2 108 287 395 1
Sep 7, 2014 NE MIA 20-33 89 226 315 2 191 169 360 3
Dec 15, 2013 NE MIA 20-24 96 357 453 1 89 289 378 1
Oct 27, 2013 MIA NE 17-27 156 145 301 3 152 100 252 1
Dec 30, 2012 MIA NE 0-28 47 209 256 2 167 276 443 0

NFL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

New England Patriots

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 3, 2017 BUF 23-3 W -7.5/49 W/U 191 244 435 183 85 268 0 A
Nov 26, 2017 MIA 35-17 W -17/49 W/O 196 221 417 67 154 221 -1 H
Nov 19, 2017 OAK 33-8 W -7/55 W/U 89 331 420 109 235 344 -2 A
Nov 12, 2017 DEN 41-16 W -7/45 W/O 99 297 396 118 221 339 -2 A
Oct 29, 2017 LAC 21-13 W -6.5/48 W/U 97 317 414 157 192 349 -1 H

Miami Dolphins

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 3, 2017 DEN 35-9 W 1/41 W/O 145 222 367 103 167 270 0 H
Nov 26, 2017 NE 17-35 L 17/49 L/O 67 154 221 196 221 417 1 A
Nov 19, 2017 TB 20-30 L 1/44 L/O 83 365 448 53 268 321 5 H
Nov 13, 2017 CAR 21-45 L 8/38.5 L/O 100 213 313 294 254 548 1 A
Nov 5, 2017 OAK 24-27 L 3/44.5 P/O 86 309 395 84 295 379 -1 H

Weather in
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Weather is Sunny  67°F

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Humidity is 40%
Wind is North 7 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
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Forecast for Miami

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

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