NFL: Patriot’s pride will stop the slide against Miami

New England's spot as an NFL top dog could be under threat after a disappointing opening to the season, but we'd expect them to bite back against Miami...


New England -6.5 – 10/11

I could probably count on one hand how often I’ve got involved in a Pats home game over the years.

It was pretty obvious from their play that New England did not want to be in Detroit Monday night – they just got bullied for four quarters on the line of scrimmage – even surrendering 100 yards rushing to a Lions player, the first time in four years Motown has seen a triple-digit rusher. converts on fourth down

However, this weekend, they get a few guys back on defence with Patrick Chung and Trey Flowers trending towards a start, and Josh Gordon should make his debut in a Pats jersey too.

The Lions shut down Gronk last week but the Dolphins don’t have the personnel to do the same.

Sony Michel also looked agile and aggressive carrying the ball, but the game script didn’t allow him to accumulate too many touches. If there was any coach or team to make me believe in any trend, it’s Belichick and the Patriots.  They just don’t lose three-in-a-row.

Green Bay -9.5 – 20/21

Only two bets of the weekend, on two highly popular teams to cover a minus spread at home – this is not the norm for me!

Despite picking up a few injuries on defence, I fully expect the Packers to contain Josh Allen. If you take away the two blown coverages by the Vikings with the Jason Croom and Chris Ivory receptions, Allen averaged less than 6 yards per pass attempt.

The Bills took the Vikes by surprise and Minnesota never recovered.

Now the line’s moved 3.5 points – it was GB -13 before games last weekend!

For as immobile Rodgers is with his sore knee, their offensive line is still in better shape than Minnesota’s and should give #12 enough time to move the ball down the field.

    *All odds correct at time of posting
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