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Dolphins favored over Patriots for first time in 7 years

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For the first time in seven years, the New England Patriots are underdogs heading into a matchup with the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins currently are 2-point betting favorites for Sunday's game, meaning they're about to end the Patriots' streak of 13 straight meetings as the favorite. Miami's last game as the odds-on favorite came on Dec. 15, 2013 when it was favored by 2.5-points. The Dolphins won that game, 24-20.

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Since that contest, the Patriots have been favored by at least seven points in 10 of their 13 matchups.

While it marks a rare occasion, it isn't necessarily surprising to see New England as the underdog for the Week 15 showdown. The Patriots are 6-7 on the season and have one of the least efficient offenses in the NFL. At 8-5, Miami is playing well after finishing 5-11 last year and is primed for a postseason spot.

The Patriots did earn a victory over the Dolphins in their first meeting of 2020 back in Week 1, 21-11. Cam Newton and Co. were favored by 7.5 points in that game.

Sunday will look a little different, however, as rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be under center for Miami. The No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft will look to snap Bill Belichick's streak of shutting down first-year QBs.

Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins matchup is set to kick off at 1 p.m. ET.