2010 Week 4 – The corners on both sides will need to be sharp.

It’s a classic AFC East showdown with the 2-1 Patriots heading into Miami to take on the 2-1 Dolphins.

The Patriots are coming off a win against Buffalo last week but there are still a few questions around the offensive line. Tom Brady will have to continue to get the ball off quickly to receivers Wes Welker and Randy Moss. Miami Corners Vontae Davis and Jason Allen will have their hands full covering Moss and company downfield.

The Dolphins are looking to rebound after a loss last Sunday night to the Jets. They will want to take advantage of the Patriot’s pass defense which has been allowing opponents to complete almost 70% of their throws, and get some big plays to receiver Brandon Marshall, who will likely be covered by corner Devin McCourty. The Patriots are also sure to get a big dose of the Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams running back tandem thrown at their young defense.

FOX Business has evaluated the win/loss and stock market statistics over the past 20 seasons of Monday night NFL games and come up with a Monday Night Markets [MNM] rank for each team based on their record and the prior week’s market activity. Let’s take a look at what the markets have to say.

The Dow Industrials ended last week down 0.13% and the S&P 500 was down as well, closing out the week with a loss of 0.21% and ending a four-week winning streak for both. Friday’s rally was not enough to bring the indexes into positive territory after several consecutive down days but positive sentiment on the merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines and AIG’s work with the Treasury Department on a bailout payback plan helped offset some of the week’s losses.

Over the past 20 years, the Patriots have played 23 Monday night games and based on our calculations have a Monday night rank of .440 when the Dow closes the prior week down and      .500 when the S&P 500 is down, giving them a MNM rank for this week of .472.

During the same 20 year period, the Dolphins have played 37 Monday night games and have a rank of .500 when the Dow is down and .417 when the S&P 500 is down, giving them an MNM rank this week of .459.

It will be a close contest but Monday Night Markets picks the New England Patriots to win on the road and go to 3-1.

2010 Monday Night Markets picks: 2-2

 

 

Week 4 FBN Staff Picks:

Patriots vs. Dolphins

        Chris Cotter

I was impressed with Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne last week, even in a loss to the Jets. The Pats have not been good so far on the defensive side of the football, even allowing the offensively challenged Buffalo Bills to march up and down the field on them. Miami will do much of the same, but it won’t be enough. New England has too many offensive weapons. Pats win. Season: 2-2

 

        Sandra Smith

New England all the way. Season: 3-0.

 

 

        Robert Gray

Miami always gives the Patriots a tough game. Miami’s defense and surprisingly productive passing game will earn some respect on the national stage, but the pick is New England. Tom Brady & Co. will outscore the Fins and make up for the team’s defensive deficiencies, as they try to keep pace with the division-leading NY Jets. Season: 1-1.