Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs Week 16 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/24/2017
Sunday, December 24, 2017
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The Miami Dolphins head to Arrowhead Stadium to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, December 24, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City as 9.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 45. The Dolphins are 5-7-2 against the spread and their over/under record is 8-6-0. The Chiefs are 8-6-0 against the spread and their over/under mark is 7-7-0.
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Valuable Miami Dolphins Betting Trends
The Miami Dolphins are 8-6-0 against the over/under
The Miami Dolphins are 5-7-2 against the spread
Important Kansas City Chiefs Betting Trends
The Kansas City Chiefs are 7-7-0 against the over/under
The Kansas City Chiefs are 8-6-0 against the spread
Key Miami Dolphins Injuries
12/17/17 DE Andre Branch Knee is "?" Sunday vs Kansas City
12/17/17 CB Cordrea Tankersley Shoulder is "?" Sunday vs Kansas City
12/17/17 RB Damien Williams Shoulder is "?" Sunday vs Kansas City
12/17/17 G Jermon Bushrod Foot is "?" Sunday vs Kansas City
12/17/17 QB Matt Moore Foot is "?" Sunday vs Kansas City
12/17/17 S Michael Thomas Knee is "?" Sunday vs Kansas City
12/09/17 DE William Hayes Knee IR
11/11/17 T Ja'Wuan James Hamstring IR
10/31/17 C Anthony Steen Foot IR
10/31/17 S Nate Allen Calf IR
10/03/17 T Eric Smith Knee IR
09/05/17 LB Raekwon McMillan ACL IR
09/05/17 QB Ryan Tannehill ACL IR
09/04/17 C Ted Larsen Biceps IR
08/15/17 CB Tony Lippett Achilles IR
Key Kansas City Chiefs Injuries
12/16/17 DL Jarvis Jenkins Elbow left last game, is "?" Sunday vs Miami
12/16/17 LB Kevin Pierre-Louis Shoulder left last game, is "?" Sunday vs Miami
12/15/17 OL Mitch Morse Foot IR
12/11/17 S Steven Terrell Undisclosed IR
12/08/17 LB Dee Ford Back IR
10/09/17 WR Chris Conley Achilles IR
09/08/17 DB Eric Berry Achilles IR
09/07/17 DB Ashton Lampkin ACL IR
08/30/17 RB Spencer Ware Knee IR
07/30/17 LB Dadi Nicolas Knee PUP
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Miami Dolphins are 26th in the National Football League in points scored with 252. They have run 874 plays this year for 4,222 yards, which ranks them 28th in the NFL in total offense. The Dolphins average 4.8 yards per play, which is 27th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 248 1st downs this season, ranking them 26th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Miami has run for 1,236 yards as a unit, which ranks 29th in the league. They've run 322 times, averaging 3.8 yards per rush as a unit. The Dolphins have been penalized on offense 112 times for 934 yards so far this year, which has them 2nd in the NFL in penalties. Jay Cutler has passed for 2,374 yards this year. He's completed 246 throws while attempting 389 passes for a completion percentage of 63.2%. His quarterback rating this season is 80.6. He averages 9.7 yards per completion and 6.1 yards per pass attempt.
Miami is 26th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 342. They have given up a total of 4,655 yards on D, which is 17th in the league. The Dolphins are 22nd in yards per play allowed with 5.5. Their pass defense has allowed 6.4 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 20th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 295 throws on 462 attempts against the Miami Dolphins defense this season, ranking them 16th and 9th in the league. The Miami pass defense has also surrendered a total of 3,116 yards in the air, which is 15th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 365 attempts for 1,539 yards this season, putting them in 13th place in the NFL against the run. The Dolphins have had 111 penalties for 992 yards on defense this year. That places them 31st in the league. They've allowed a score on 33.9% of possessions on defense, which is 14th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Miami is 6th in the NFL in punt returns with 35. They've totaled 259 punt return yards and are averaging 7.4 yards per return, which is 21st in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 27 yards. They have returned 35 kicks for 728 yards on special teams, placing them 7th in kick return yardage. The Dolphins average 20.8 yards per kick return and have a long of 34 yards this season. They are 24th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 5,458. The Miami Dolphins have tried 19 field goals this season and made 18, which is 24th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 94.7%. Miami Dolphins kickers have made 89% of their extra points, going 24 for 27 this season. Their punters have accumulated 3,450 yards on 77 punts, averaging 44.8 yards per punt. That ranks them 18th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Kansas City Chiefs have run for 1,690 yards as a team, which ranks 10th in the NFL. They've run 344 times, averaging 4.9 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Chiefs have been penalized on offense 109 times for 964 yards so far this season, which has them 5th in the league in penalties. They are 6th in the NFL in points scored with 359. They have run 846 plays this season for 5,224 yards, which ranks them 5th in the league in total offense. The Chiefs average 6.2 yards per play, which is 2nd in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 276 1st downs this year, placing them 14th overall as an offensive unit. Alex Smith averages 8 yards per pass attempt and 11.8 yards per completion. He has completed 316 passes on 466 attempts for a completion percentage of 67.8%. His quarterback rating is 105.4. He has thrown for 3,738 yards this season.
The Chiefs rush defense has allowed 398 attempts for 1,721 yards this year, putting them in 27th place in the league against the run. Kansas City has committed 92 penalties for 759 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 11th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 34.2% of possessions on defense, which is 15th in the league. They are 14th in the league in points allowed on defense with 302. They have surrendered a total of 5,161 yards on D, which is 28th in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs are ranked 24th in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Their pass defense has given up 6.5 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 23rd in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 285 passes on 501 attempts against the Kansas City defense this season, placing them 8th and 28th in the National Football League. The Chiefs pass defense has also given up a total of 3,440 yards through the air, which is 26th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Kansas City Chiefs have attempted 37 field goals this season and made 34, which is 3rd in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 91.9%. Kansas City kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 35 for 35 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,632 yards on 59 punts, averaging 44.6 yards per punt. That places them 20th in the NFL in punting average. Kansas City is ranked 10th in the league in punt returns with 32. They've accumulated 218 punt return yards and average 6.8 yards per return, which is 23rd in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 82 yards. They have returned 40 kicks for 912 yards on special teams, ranking 1st in kick return yardage. The Chiefs average 22.8 yards per kick return and have a long of 42 yards this year. They are 2nd in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,558.
Who will win tonight's Dolphins/Chiefs NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Chiefs -9.5
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