The New England Patriots will be taking on the Miami Dolphins in Miami. Kickoff is at 1:00 PM EST. Below are the game details:
Date: Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida
Kickoff: 1:00 PM EST
Betting line: Patriots are the 10-point favorites
SB Nation Affiliates: ThePhinsider.com
1:00 PM EST Patriots Rooting Guide
Bills (-3.5) at Jets: The Bills have fired their head coach and the Jets are at least thinking about doing the same. Buffalo is the road favorite, but will be playing their back-up quarterback to avoid the risk of paying guaranteed money to Tyrod Taylor. The Jets will be playing Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will almost certainly not be back in 2017, instead of seeing what rookie Christian Hackenberg can do. Patriots will root for the Jets to upset the Bills to ruin their draft pick.
Texans at Titans (-3.5): This game has no impact on the AFC playoffs since the Texans are stuck as the #4 seed. The Patriots might root for the Texans so they have a good game under their belt before taking on the #5 seed in the wild card round.
Jaguars at Colts (-4.5): This game doesn’t matter. Patriots will root for the Colts to win to hurt their draft stock and to retain their coaches and front office. If the Colts lose, there’s a real chance everyone might be fired. Pagano/Grigson 2017!
Ravens (-2) at Bengals: This game doesn’t matter. Patriots will root for Bengals to beat the Ravens and sink the Ravens record- and why not support old friend Brandon LaFell?
Browns at Steelers (-4.5): This game has no impact on the AFC playoffs since the Steelers are stuck at the #3 seed. Pittsburgh will probably rest the majority of their key players. Why not root for the Browns to get their second win of the year?
Cowboys at Eagles (-6): This game has no impact on the NFC playoffs since the Cowboys already have homefield advantage. Dallas is expected to rest most of their key players. Patriots will root for the Cowboys to send the Eagles to 6-10 for the sake of draft positioning.
Bears at Vikings (-6): The Patriots will root for the Bears to pull off the upset to send the Vikings to 7-9 for the sake of draft positioning.
Panthers at Buccaneers (-3.5): Patriots will root for the Buccaneers to send the Panthers to 6-10 for the sake of draft positioning.
Use this as the open thread for discussion.