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Tips For Dolphins Patriots Betting – Patriots Have Renewed Hope For A First-Round Bye

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/24/2012 4:55:45 PM
The New England Patriots can now see a scenario in which they can get the first-round bye they thought they had lost a week ago. New England has reason to win against Miami in week 17.

Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots – Sunday, December 30  

Online betting line: New England -12

Why Miami Will Win

When playing online poker or other games of chance, you need to have a few factors riding in your favor. Here are the factors that work in favor of the Miami Dolphins this week:  First of all, New England is getting bored with its opposition. You could see how little the Patriots cared in the first half of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this past weekend. The Patriots were clearly dragging through the motions, disinterested in playing a team as poor as the Jags. The Patriots are saving their gunpowder and their playbook for the AFC playoffs, which they know are coming up in early January. New England also knows that since this game is being played at 4:25 p.m. Eastern time, the Patriots could well be eliminated from the chase for a first-round bye in the playoffs. If Houston, playing at 1 p.m. Eastern time, wins its game in Indianapolis, this game will cease to have any meaning at all for the Patriots, who would then be locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC. If the Patriots are the No. 3 seed in the AFC, they would have to play a game on Jan. 5 or 6, meaning that it would have ample reason to rest its starters and heal up for the postseason.

The other reason to take Miami is that quarterback Ryan Tannehill has not thrown an interception in his last four games. Tannehill has not been a brilliant rookie quarterback, but he has been competent enough to give the Dolphins a shot at a non-losing record this season (8-8).

Why New England Will Win

When NFL betting commentators look at this game, they'll mention a few angles that suggest a New England victory: First, Miami has been beating up on really bad teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills in recent weeks. Yes, Miami beat Seattle a month ago, but that was not the same Seahawk team that has emerged in December. Miami is still a struggling team that is finding its way in the NFL. The Dolphins seem a few years removed from a point at which they can be seen as a foremost playoff contender in the world of professional football.

The other thing to realize about this game is that if Houston loses to Indianapolis, New England would be in a position to get the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and a coveted first-round bye. The Houston game will end by the time this game starts in Foxborough, Mass. Therefore, if Houston does lose, New England is in position to go all-out in the attempt to win this game and advance directly to the second round.

Who Will Win

This matchup is lopsided, no matter what happens in the Houston-Indianapolis game. Tom Brady should play the first half. Even if he doesn't play in the second half, he should be able to build a big lead for New England, which should cruise to victory here.

NFL Football Betting Pick: New England

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