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Patriots vs. Dolphins Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

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Sunday, January 1, the New England Patriots (13-2) take on the Miami Dolphins (10-5). The game will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL. Read on for our Patriots vs. Dolphins prediction and preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its FPI rating, New England wins the match-up between the two teams 69.9 percent of the time. The spread also suggests that the Patriots are favored to win the contest.

Spread: Patriots -9.5

Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Channel: CBS

Patriots vs. Dolphins preview:

The Patriots locked up a first-round bye two weeks ago, but they'll still have to play their starters this week in order to secure the No. 1 seed in the AFC, as the Oakland Raiders sit at 12-3 and possess all the tiebreakers if in fact both teams end up at 13-3. Last week Tom Brady pillaged the Jets for three touchdowns in a 41-3 obliteration, and he'll look to do the same to the Dolphins this week

The Dolphins hung on to beat the Bills last week, 34-31, and secured a playoff berth in the process. It's the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2008, when they won the AFC East. They'll most likely play the Steelers in the Wild Card round.

Patriots vs. Dolphins prediction:

The Patriots take care of business and get the win in Miami, and they earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC and a first round bye in the playoffs.

Patriots 30, Dolphins 20