Miami Dolphins will take on New England Patriots in the closing round of the NFL 2021 regular season. Despite a good run, the hosts lost their chances to enter the playoffs. The away side cliched the post-season spot, and they want to build their confidence ahead of the battles for the Lombardi trophy.
Miami lost its chances to continue its campaign after the regular season after losing in the latest round. Nevertheless, they will search for a victorious end of the season. On the other hand, New England still has the chance to win the division. The visitors bounced back after two straight defeats, and they want to continue in the same fashion.
Miami Dolphins – Can they close the campaign with a win?
Seven straight wins saw the Dolphins jumping to 3rd place in the AFC East and getting back in the playoffs race. However, they put a poor performance when it mattered the most and suffered a heavy 34-3 defeat away to the Titans. That one held them to an 8-8 record, and Miami lost all the chances to challenge for the post-season spot. Miami couldn’t defend Tennessee’s rushing game, while they also turned the ball over twice.
Tua Tagovailoa has passed for 2,544 yards so far, with 15 touchdowns and ten interceptions, while he was sacked 19 times. Myles Gaskin leads the Dolphins ground game with 613 yards and three scores, while Duke Johnson and Salvon Ahmed have combined for 362 rushing yards and a pair of TDs. Jaylen Waddle has been the most dominant in Miami’s receiving department with 988 yards and five touchdown receptions, while Mike Gesicki has generated 758 receiving yards and two TDs. On defense, Jerome Baker has 86 total tackles, while Emmanuel Ogbah logged nine sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Duke Johnson, DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson, Jaylen Waddle, Mike Gesicki, Liam Eichenberg, Austin Jackson, Michael Deiter, Robert Hunt, Jesse Davis
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Emmanuel Ogbah, Raekwon Davis, Christian Wilkins, Andrew Van Ginkel, Elandor Roberts, Jerome Baker, Jaelan Phillips, Xavien Howard, Eric Rowe, Jevon Holland, Byron Jones
Quarter Back: Tua Tagovailoa
Kicker: Jason Sanders
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New England Patriots – Will they pick up where they left off?
The Pats jeopardized their chances of winning the AFC East after losing twice in a row, but they managed to get back on the winning track. They are leveled with the Bills in the battle for the division top spot, and the visitors want to keep up where they left off. New England is at a 10-6 record, thanks to a 50-10 victory over Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend. They held the Jaguars to 253 yards, while the Pats’ rushing department gained 181 yards and found the end zone four times.
Mac Jones has thrown for 3,540 yards this season, with 21 scores and 12 picks, while the opponents’ defenders sacked him 26 times. Damien Harris has been New England’s best rusher with 892 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Rhamondre Stevenson gained 572 rushing yards and five TDs. Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne have led the receiving corps with 770+ yards each, while Hunter Henry and Nelson Agholor have combined for 967 receiving yards and 12 touchdown receptions. On the other hand, Ja’Whaun Bentley and Kyle Dugger have 952 total tackles each, while Matthew Judon sacked the rivals’ QBs 12.5 times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Rhamondre Stevenson, N’Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Hunter Henry, Jakob Johnson, Justin Herron, Ted Karras, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Trent Brown
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Deatrich Wise Jr., Christian Barmore, Davon Godchaux, Lawrence Guy, Matt Judon, Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, J.C. Jackson, Kyle Dugger, Devin McCourty, Jalen Mills
Quarter Back: Mac Jones
Kicker: Nick Folk
Expert Pick #1 – New England Patriots -6.5 @-110
Since the division top spot is at stake, I believe the Patriots will win this encounter. Moreover, Miami stunned them in the season opener, and New England will search for revenge. The visitors might cover the number, and that’s going to be my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 40 @-110
New England has been excellent in the offense this season, and they produced 50 points last weekend. I expect them to dictate tempo in this match and drive it over a 40 margin. The Over cashed seven times in the Pats’ previous nine games against the AFC opponent, and I’ll take it as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Patriots Over 23.5 @-110
Although the odds are the same as for the first two picks, I’ll back New England to score more than 23 points. They managed to do that nine times on the previous 12 occasions, and I believe they will continue being productive in the offense.