Dolphins vs. Patriots NFL Week 8: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction
TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Weather: High 56, Low 36
Line: New England (-7)
The New England Patriots are, once again, one of the league’s top teams. In this day in age, it seems like the Patriots find a way to win no matter what. A big reason for their success has been veteran quarterback Tom Brady who has led this team to multiple Super Bowls and has begun the season with a depleted receiving corps and undrafted rookies catching passes. Since, he has gotten his favorite tight end back in Rob Gronkowski and it looks like wide out Danny Amendola has returned to practice this week. Brady has done the most with what he was given, passing for 1,708 yards and eight touchdowns. Julian Edelman has been the top wide out on the team in Amendola and Gronkowski’s absence, catching 46 passes for 455 yards and two scores. Kenbrell Thompkins leads all wide outs with four receiving touchdowns. The run game has been average with Stevan Ridley leading the way with 320 yards and three scores.
Beginning the season with a 3-0 record and having the chance to take down the fellow-unbeaten New Orleans Saints on Monday night in week four, the Miami Dolphins looked as if they were finally an elite team. Losing that game and then dropping two-straight on top of it has taken the perfect record and dropped it to 3-3. Miami is led by second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill who has had a solid second season in the league, passing for 1,577 yards and nine touchdowns, connecting with top wide out Brian Hartline 31 times for 401 yards and two scores. Mike Wallace is a close second with 27 catches for 357 yards and a touchdown. The rushing offense has been poor, ranking 25th in the league in yards per game while Lamar Miller has struggled.
Defensively, the Dolphins rank 20th in the NFL in scoring defense, allowing 23.3 points per game. When it comes to total defense, Miami ranks 21st in the league while ranking 25th in passing yards allowed per game. The Patriots have the fifth-best scoring defense in the league to go along with 11th-best passing defense. However, the second-worst run defense might cause some problems this season.
PREDICTION: Dolphins 20, Patriots 26