Dolphins win 27-20
The Miami Dolphins enter the game as three-point underdogs, but they should come away with a victory, and perhaps even an easy one.
It is odd to predict that the Dolphins will pick up a win against the Patriots in New England, something that has very rarely happened over the last two decades. But the tides have turned in the rivalry, and Miami will look to continue their upward trajectory while New England looks to get back to their winning ways.
The Dolphins have talent up and down the roster. The front office has done an excellent job in supplying Flores with the ingredients he needs to run a successful program, and it is up to the coaching staff and the roster to live up to expectations. Sunday will be the first step in solidifying that process, as Miami will simply be too talented for New England, especially in both passing games. The Patriots secondary is questionable at best, while Miami has arguably one of the best in the league. It will be the aforementioned running game that will truly set the tone if New England hopes to have a shot at victory.
The prediction calls for a seven-point Miami victory, but it might not even be that close. Don’t look for the Dolphins to give up any more than 17 points on the day, but a backdoor touchdown or field goal could make the final score look like the game was more highly contested than it actually was.
Miami rides in to their home opener against Buffalo with a 1-0 record.