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NFL odds: Patriots vs. Dolphins Week 2 spread among biggest of decade

NFL odds: Patriots vs. Dolphins Week 2 spread among biggest of decade

The New England Patriots opened as massive betting favorites over the Miami Dolphins entering their Week 2 matchup in south Florida, and the spread has continued to climb into record territory.

The Patriots are 18.5-point favorites at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas as of early Tuesday afternoon. The Dolphins lost 59-10 to the Baltimore Ravens at home in Week 1, and they are likely to be the worst team in the NFL this season.

It's still not close to the biggest Patriots spread ever. New England entered Week 12 of the 2007 season as 25-point favorites at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Pats were 10-0 at the time and Donovan McNabb was out with an injury, forcing the Eagles to start backup quarterback A.J. Feeley. Philly nearly pulled off the upset but lost 31-28.

It's certainly possible the Patriots could close as 20-plus point favorites by the time kickoff rolls around Sunday in Miami. The last time the Patriots were favored by 20 or more points was against the Indianapolis Colts in 2011. The Colts were 0-11 and Peyton Manning was out of the season because of an injury. The Colts covered in a 31-24 loss.

New England's most recent game as a favorite of 17-plus points came on Christmas Eve in 2016. The Patriots were 17-point favorites over the New York Jets and won 41-3 at Gillette Stadium.

The largest points spread since 1970 was in 2013 when the Denver Broncos were 26.5-point favorites against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars covered in a 35-19 loss.

The Broncos-Jaguars and Patriots-Colts matchups noted above are the only games this decade where a team was favored by 20-plus points. If the Patriots remain 18.5-point favorites entering Week 2, it will be the fourth-biggest spread of the decade, trailing only 2013 Broncos-Jaguars, 2011 Patriots-Colts and 2013 Seahawks-Jaguars (Seattle by 19.5 points).

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Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady couldn't contain his disappointment in NFL officiating Thursday night after Titans edge rusher Kamalei Correa was flagged for roughing Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. 

Here's the play that netted the Jaguars 15 yards during a first-half drive:

For two seasons now, the NFL has been trying to protect quarterbacks from plays where defensive players drive them into the ground on sacks and/or QB hits. Plenty of quarterbacks have suffered collarbone and/or shoulder injuries that cause them to miss significant time, so the league has put an emphasis on calling bigger hits on quarterbacks. 

But sometimes, plays like these don't warrant a 15-yard penalty and players have been expressing their frustration lately. 

Jamal Adams was recently fined for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday Night Football, calling the league a "damn joke" for fining him. And if a quarterback is complaining about a rule protecting quarterbacks, then it's probably time to reconsider how it's being called out on the field. 

Brady and Adams will square off against each other this Sunday when the Jets visit the Patriots in Week 3, so it'll be interesting to see what Adams will do if he has a chance to put a hit on Brady, and how the QB will react if it happens. 

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Josh Gordon appreciative of Patriots' support: 'I love these guys'

Josh Gordon appreciative of Patriots' support: 'I love these guys'

Josh Gordon is settled in and feeling more comfortable than ever in his second year in New England.

It hasn't been the easiest road for the Patriots wide receiver, who was acquired from the Cleveland Browns 12 months ago. Gordon played in 11 games with the Patriots last season before being suspended for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league's substance-abuse policy.

But the 28-year-old has received immense support from his Patriots family through it all, and for that he's appreciative.

“It feels like I am back home," Gordon told reporters on Thursday. "It is a home environment. I love these guys. They corralled around me to support me, showed me love and I appreciate that each and every day that I am here. It is easy to come in and do what I have to do."

Gordon was reinstated on Aug. 16 and immediately made his presence felt in the season opener vs. the Steelers, notching three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown. Through two weeks, he's feeling far more confident with his role in the Patriots' offense.

“Last year was kind of on the fly," Gordon said. "I got traded in the season and had to pick it up as I was going along and with the injury at the same time. It was a lot to take on. This year, I have more familiarity with it, got extra time in the offseason to study what I already knew and when I got in here I was able to pick it up where I left off and even better I would say.

"It is pretty smooth right now.”

So far, so good this season for Gordon as he looks ahead to Sunday's AFC East matchup against the New York Jets.

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