Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in Sunday’s Miami Dolphins-New England Patriots Week 2 game.
Miami Dolphins (0-1) at (-6.5) New England Patriots (1-0), 1 p.m.
Mike: Patriots. The schedule-makers did the Dolphins no favors. This actually could be a tough matchup for the Patriots if the O-line isn’t any healthier, but they’re the better-coached team. Bill Belichick will make things as easy as possible for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Ricky: Dolphins. It was a lot easier taking the Patriots in spite of their injuries — and Tom Brady’s suspension — when they were getting six points. This smells of a game in which Miami threatens to pull off an upset, only to then be outsmarted late when New England finally flexes its muscle.
Andre: Patriots. It’s crazy how everything seems so easy for New England. The Dolphins have looked for Dan Marino’s successor ever since he retired. The Pats already might have Tom Brady’s successor before he even retires. Jimmy Garoppolo’s Week 1 performance was special — it’s not easy to go on the road against a Super Bowl-caliber defense and an elite head coach, and win. He has the numbers (73 percent completion percentage, TD, no picks and a game-winning drive), the intangibles and the coach to keep him focused after an emotional win.
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