Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/17/2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Hard Rock Stadium
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The Baltimore Ravens travel to Hard Rock Stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, August 17, 2017. The opening line for this game has Miami as 3 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 38.5. The Ravens had an ATS record of 7-9-0 last season while their over/under record was 7-9-0. The Dolphins had an over/under record of 12-5-0 and they were 9-7-1 against the spread.
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Valuable Baltimore Ravens Betting Trends
The Baltimore Ravens were 7-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Baltimore Ravens were 7-9-0 against the spread last year
Important Miami Dolphins Betting Trends
The Miami Dolphins were 12-5-0 against the over/under last season
The Miami Dolphins were 9-7-1 against the spread last year
Key Baltimore Ravens Injuries
08/12/17 G Alex Lewis Shoulder out for season
08/01/17 TE Crockett Gillmore MCL out for season
07/30/17 CB Tavon Young ACL out for season
07/27/17 QB Joe Flacco Back is upgraded to probable Sunday vs. Cincinnati
07/25/17 RB Kenneth Dixon Knee out for season
07/22/17 WR Michael Campanaro Toe PUP
07/02/17 TE Darren Waller Suspension out for season
Key Miami Dolphins Injuries
08/06/17 QB Jay Cutler Acquired has signed with the Miami Dolphins
08/06/17 S T.J. McDonald Suspension 8-game suspension (eligible to return 11/05 vs Oakland)
08/04/17 QB Ryan Tannehill Knee IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Baltimore Ravens were 21st in the NFL in points scored with 343 last season. They ran 1,079 plays last year for 5,563 yards, which ranked them 17th in the league in total offense. The Ravens averaged 5.2 yards per play, which was 21st in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 316 1st downs last year, placing them 21st overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Baltimore ran for 1,463 yards as a team, which ranked 28th in the NFL. They ran 367 times last year, averaging 4 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Ravens were penalized on offense 125 times for 1,111 yards last season, which had them 5th in the league in penalties. Joe Flacco threw for 4,317 yards last season. He completed 436 passes on 672 attempts for a completion percentage of 64.9%. His QBR last year was 58.4 while is quarterback rating was 83.5. He averaged 6.4 yards per pass attempt and 9.9 yards per completion.
Baltimore was 9th in the league in points allowed on defense with 321 last year. They surrendered a total of 5,154 yards on D, which was 7th in the NFL. The Ravens were ranked 9th in yards per play allowed with 5.2. Their pass defense gave up 6.1 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 8th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 369 passes on 578 attempts against the Baltimore Ravens defense last season, placing them 19th and 17th in the National Football League. The Baltimore pass defense also gave up a total of 3,724 yards through the air, which was 9th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 384 attempts for 1,430 yards last year, putting them in 5th place in the league against the run. The Ravens committed 94 penalties for 900 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 11th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 28.1% of possessions on defense, which was 2nd in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Baltimore was ranked 13th in the league in punt returns last season with 32. They accumulated 246 punt return yards and averaged 7.7 yards per return, which was 21st in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 28 yards. They returned 28 kicks for 636 yards on special teams, ranking 17th in kick return yardage. The Ravens averaged 22.7 yards per kick return and had a long of 60 yards last year. They were 20th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,688. The Baltimore Ravens attempted 39 field goals last season and made 38, which was 1st in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 97.4%. Baltimore Ravens kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 27 for 27 last year. Their punters totaled 3,665 yards on 80 punts, averaging 45.8 yards per punt. That placed them 13th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Miami Dolphins ran for 1,824 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 9th in the league. They ran 406 times, averaging 4.5 yards per rush as a unit. The Dolphins were penalized on offense 125 times for 1,142 yards last season, which had them 4th in the NFL in penalties. They were 17th in the National Football League in points scored with 363. They ran 913 plays last year for 5,324 yards, which ranked them 24th in the NFL in total offense. The Dolphins averaged 5.8 yards per play, which was 7th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 278 1st downs last season, ranking them 31st overall as an offensive unit. Jay Cutler completed 81 throws while attempting 137 passes for a completion percentage of 59.1% last year. He passed for 1,059 yards. He averaged 13.1 yards per completion and 7.7 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 78.1 and his QBR was 33.2.
The Dolphins rush defense gave up 464 attempts for 2,247 yards last season, putting them in 30th place in the NFL against the run. They had 109 penalties for 919 yards on defense last year. That placed them 13th in the league. They allowed a score on 35.1% of possessions on defense, which was 15th in the NFL. Miami was 18th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 380. They gave up a total of 6,122 yards on D, which was 29th in the league. The Dolphins were 19th in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Their pass defense allowed 6.2 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 11th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 368 throws on 591 attempts against the Miami defense last season, ranking them 18th and 24th in the league. The Miami Dolphins pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,875 yards in the air, which was 15th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Miami Dolphins tried 21 field goals last season and made 16, which was 32nd in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 76.2%. Miami kickers made 98% of their extra points, going 41 for 42 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,991 yards on 90 punts, averaging 44.3 yards per punt. That ranked them 23rd in the NFL in punting average. Miami was 11th in the NFL in punt returns with 36 last year. They totaled 328 punt return yards and averaged 9.1 yards per return, which was 13th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 74 yards. They returned 36 kicks for 879 yards on special teams, placing them 9th in kick return yardage. The Dolphins averaged 24.4 yards per kick return and had a long of 96 yards last season. They were 19th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,747.
Who will win tonight's Ravens/Dolphins NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Ravens +3
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