The Dolphins came away with a hard-fought 36-34 win over the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday. The winning score came with less than two minutes left in the contest as Tua Tagovailoa connected with Tyreek Hill on a four-yard scoring toss.
Tagovailoa finished the game with 466 yards through the air, hitting on 28 of his 45 passing attempts. He threw for three touchdowns and also one interception. Hill was his main receiver, with the wideout finishing with 11 catches for 215 yards.
The Patriots fell to last season’s NFC champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, by a score of 25-20 on Sunday. After falling behind 16-0, the Patriots battled back to whittle their deficit to just two points at the half, trailing 16-14 with 30 minutes remaining.
New England quarterback Mac Jones was 35 of 54 through the air on the day and threw for 316 yards. Like Tagovailoa, he threw for three scores and also tossed one interception.
Kendrick Bourne and Hunter Henry led the Patriots’ receiving corps, combining for 11 receptions for 120 yards and accounting for all three touchdowns on the day. Running back Rhamondre Stevenson caught six passes for 64 yards and also ran 12 times for 25 yards.
Over that lengthy span of time, the Dolphins and Patriots have met 115 times, with Miami holding a 60-55 advantage. The Dolphins have won six of the last 10 meetings, with the teams splitting their two games last year.
NFL Odds: Dolphins vs. Patriots odds
Miami Dolphins: -2.5 (-120)
New England Patriots: +2.5 (-102)
Over: 46.5 (-110)
Under: 46.5 (-110)
How to Watch Dolphins vs. Patriots Week 2
TV: NBC, NBC Sports and Universo
Stream: fuboTV, NFL+
Time: 8:21 PM EST / 5:21 PM PST
Can the Dolphins beat the spread?
The Dolphins clearly have an explosive offense that can quickly put points on the board. A high-scoring affair could take place, which would make the over the call. However, Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s background on the defensive side of the ball will be interesting to watch.
Can the Patriots beat the spread?
Falling behind early against the Eagles proved to be costly for the Patriots. Doing so against the Dolphins could put them in a huge hole, not only in the game but also the division standings. How well Mac Jones performs and whether Belichick can work his defensive magic are keys to answering this question.