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- The New England Patriots are 18.5-point road favorites against the Miami Dolphins in NFL Week 2.
- Using our Bet Labs software, we examine just how rare road favorites of this magnitude are in NFL betting.
The New England Patriots are the clear Super Bowl favorites, and their perception among analysts, fans and casual bettors couldn’t be higher after dispatching the Pittsburgh Steelers with ease in front of a nationally-televised audience on Sunday Night Football.
In Week 2 the Pats travel to Miami to take on a Dolphins team that appears to already be in full “Tanking for Tua” mode.
With the league’s best team taking on its worst, oddsmakers had no choice but to post a big number for Patriots vs. Dolphins, and boy did they ever.
New England is currently an 18.5-point road favorite against Miami. According to our Bet Labs software, the most recent road favorites this large were also the Patriots, who closed -19 against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 3, 2007.
The Pats also closed as 15.5-point road favorites twice in that same season, first on Oct. 21 against the Dolphins and again on Nov. 18 against the Buffalo Bills.
In very early NFL Week 2 betting, 86% of tickets and 83% of dollars wagered are laying the big number with the Pats.
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