Patriots-Dolphins ‘Very Evenly Matched,’ Says SportsLine’s Kenny White


(CBS dangolka) — Week 1 within the NFL is right here lastly. The New England Patriots open their season towards the Miami Dolphins at residence. With all of the adjustments on these two groups, and with no preseason to see them in motion, it’s exhausting to know what to anticipate.

The Patriots will likely be led by Cam Newton fairly than longtime starter Tom Brady. The staff gained six Tremendous Bowls throughout his tenure, the newest simply two seasons in the past. Brady will lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.

The quarterback swap could have implications on the sphere and with the oddsmakers. “There’s a few level drop off [from Tom Brady to Cam Newton], says SportsLine‘s Wizard Of Odds Kenny White. “Brady a little bit higher quarterback clearly, however older. Cam Newton the youthful man coming in, extra athletic. However the different factor that’s scary is that Cam Newton is damage inclined. Can he final 16 video games for the Patriots like Tom Brady did? So slight drop off of a few level.”

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Invoice Belichick, after all, stays the pinnacle coach of a proficient Patriots staff, suggesting they’ll as soon as once more contend. Newton took the Panthers to the Tremendous Bowl in 2016. And most of the Patriots’ key items from their 12-Four exhibiting final season stay in place. However there’s additionally loads of uncertainty. “Uncharted waters for the Patriots [in terms of their Super Bowl odds],” says White. “They’re the seventh favourite to win all of it, 20-1, a 5 % odds to win the Tremendous Bowl. Invoice Belichick, he’s not used to that. They’re often about six or seven to at least one, not 20-1.”

Brian Flores and the Dolphins continued to revamp their roster this previous low season. That features quarterback of the longer term, Tua Tagovailoa, who will begin the season behind Ryan Fitzpatrick on the depth chart. Offensive sort out Austin Jackson and cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, the staff’s different two first-round picks, ought to have a extra fast impression on the sphere.

The staff was additionally lively in free company, significantly serving to themselves on protection. Byron Jones provides them a shutdown nook. Defensive finish Shaq Lawson comes over from the Buffalo Payments to spice up their rush off the sting. And Kyle Van Noy provides them a stable all-purpose linebacker.

We’ll discover out what this all means on Sunday. However based on White, these groups are “very evenly matched. The Dolphins-Patriots recreation opened with the Patriots minus seven. There are nonetheless sevens out out there, however there are 6 1/2s as properly. So with a 50-50 break up in tickets, it seems to be just like the professionals are leaning a little bit bit to the Dolphins Week 1 at plus seven.”

The Patriots play the Dolphins Sunday, September 13 @1:00 pm ET on CBS. 

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