Fresh from their electrifying 29-25 victory against Buffalo, the New England Patriots are now holding a 2-5 record for the season. Their quarterback, Mac Jones has 1,480 passing yards, achieving a completion rate of 66.7%. He has been heavily criticized this year for his inconsistency. The ground offense has been led by the duo of Rhamondre Stevenson and Ezekiel Elliott, who have made significant contributions. Receivers like Kendrick Bourne and Hunter Henry have been instrumental in their air game. Defensively, Ja’Whaun Bentley is leading in tackles, and the team boasts a combined 13 sacks with 3 interceptions this season.
The Patriots have a consistent record in October matches against AFC East teams. Ezekiel Elliott and Mac Jones have shown the ability to impact positively the Patriots. Not to forget, Jalen Mills is on the brink of reaching a career milestone in interceptions.
The Dolphins, despite a 31-17 setback against Philadelphia, hold a promising 5-2 record this season and are Super Bowl contenders. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is on fire with 2,092 passing yards, hitting a completion rate of 71.2%. The rushing side is enriched by Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane. Tyreek Hill is the star receiver to watch, with others like Jaylen Waddle providing depth. On the defensive side, Jevon Holland stands out in tackles, and the team’s pass rushers, including Bradley Chubb, have been in form.
The Dolphins have a solid home record against AFC teams. Their players, such as Raheem Mostert and Tua Tagovailoa, have been consistently delivering, which could be crucial for this game.
I can’t believe I’m gonna write this but the Patriots seem promising. The recent loss by the Dolphins to the Eagles could be a double-edged sword, either firing them up or causing a lapse. Meanwhile, the Patriots, having triumphed over the Bills, have no room for complacency. Drawing inspiration from their previous encounter that ended 24-17, and considering their huge status as underdogs by 9.5 points in BUSR NFL Odds, I’m willing to take a shot.