Past Expert Picks
Miami @ New England | 09/13 | 5:00 PM UTC
The Dolphins did a lot to improve on the defensive side, but their rebuilt O-line is going to take time to come together, and the skill position guys are basically the same group that finished 25th in scoring last year. The Patriots suffered some losses on the defensive side but still have Bill Belichick drawing up the gameplan, and the New England offense should take time to find a rhythm under new quarterback Cam Newton. He may find it tough to have success throwing against an impressive secondary, especially with no standout pass-catchers aside from Julian Edelman.
Cam Newton says he and the Patriots are a match made in heaven, and I believe him. The Patriots voted him team captain and coach Bill Belichick has been praising him for the past three weeks. This contest isn't about exacting revenge after losing a costly home game to the Dolphins in Week 17 last year, but rather about the Patriots' top-ranked defense. Then there’s the idea of Newton making a bigger splash in Week 1 than Tom Brady does for Tampa Bay. That’s the headline that would make me buy Monday's papers. Take New England to cover.
A new era begins in New England with Cam Newton taking over. He will be playing with a huge chip on his shoulder. The Patriots are going to be a really good team with Newton at QB. His ability to run the football will open up the downfield passing game. The Patriots are still going to be great on defense. Bill Belichick is out to show he can win without Tom Brady. The Dolphins were 5-11 last year and although they are improved, Miami will struggle here, Look for Ryan Fitzpatrick to make a few big plays but also some costly ones as usual. The Dolphins are 1-7 ATS their last eight games in New England.