Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/24/2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Lincoln Financial Field
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The Miami Dolphins travel to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, August 24, 2017. The opening line for this game has Philadelphia as 3.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 42. The Dolphins had an ATS record of 9-7-1 last season while their over/under record was 12-5-0. The Eagles had an over/under record of 9-7-0 and they were 8-8-0 against the spread.
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Valuable 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
Important Philadelphia Eagles Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Eagles were 9-7-0 against the over/under last season
The Philadelphia Eagles were 8-8-0 against the spread last year
Key Miami Dolphins Injuries
08/15/17 CB Tony Lippett Achilles out for season
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
Key Philadelphia Eagles Injuries
07/30/17 DT Beau Allen Pectoral out indefinitely
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Miami Dolphins were 17th in the NFL in points scored with 363 last season. They ran 913 plays last year for 5,324 yards, which ranked them 24th in the league in total offense. The Dolphins averaged 5.8 yards per play, which was 7th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 278 1st downs last year, placing them 31st overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Miami ran for 1,824 yards as a team, which ranked 9th in the NFL. They ran 406 times last year, averaging 4.5 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Dolphins were penalized on offense 125 times for 1,142 yards last season, which had them 4th in the league in penalties. Jay Cutler threw for 1,059 yards last season. He completed 81 passes on 137 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.1%. His QBR last year was 33.2 while is quarterback rating was 78.1. He averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt and 13.1 yards per completion.
Miami was 18th in the league in points allowed on defense with 380 last year. They surrendered a total of 6,122 yards on D, which was 29th in the NFL. The Dolphins were ranked 19th in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Their pass defense gave up 6.2 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 11th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 368 passes on 591 attempts against the Miami Dolphins defense last season, placing them 18th and 24th in the National Football League. The Miami pass defense also gave up a total of 3,875 yards through the air, which was 15th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 464 attempts for 2,247 yards last year, putting them in 30th place in the league against the run. The Dolphins committed 109 penalties for 919 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 13th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 35.1% of possessions on defense, which was 15th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Miami was ranked 11th in the league in punt returns last season with 36. They accumulated 328 punt return yards and averaged 9.1 yards per return, which was 13th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 74 yards. They returned 36 kicks for 879 yards on special teams, ranking 9th in kick return yardage. The Dolphins averaged 24.4 yards per kick return and had a long of 96 yards last year. They were 19th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,747. The Miami Dolphins attempted 21 field goals last season and made 16, which was 32nd in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 76.2%. Miami Dolphins kickers made 98% of their extra points, going 41 for 42 last year. Their punters totaled 3,991 yards on 90 punts, averaging 44.3 yards per punt. That placed them 23rd in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Philadelphia Eagles ran for 1,813 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 11th in the league. They ran 438 times, averaging 4.1 yards per rush as a unit. The Eagles were penalized on offense 113 times for 945 yards last season, which had them 8th in the NFL in penalties. They were 16th in the National Football League in points scored with 367. They ran 1,080 plays last year for 5,398 yards, which ranked them 22nd in the NFL in total offense. The Eagles averaged 5 yards per play, which was 28th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 333 1st downs last season, ranking them 14th overall as an offensive unit. Carson Wentz completed 379 throws while attempting 607 passes for a completion percentage of 62.4% last year. He passed for 3,782 yards. He averaged 10.0 yards per completion and 6.2 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 79.3 and his QBR was 52.8.
The Eagles rush defense gave up 391 attempts for 1,652 yards last season, putting them in 15th place in the NFL against the run. They had 99 penalties for 837 yards on defense last year. That placed them 7th in the league. They allowed a score on 33.9% of possessions on defense, which was 11th in the NFL. Philadelphia was 12th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 331. They gave up a total of 5,484 yards on D, which was 13th in the league. The Eagles were 21st in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Their pass defense allowed 6.5 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 21st in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 333 throws on 553 attempts against the Philadelphia defense last season, ranking them 8th and 15th in the league. The Philadelphia Eagles pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,832 yards in the air, which was 13th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Philadelphia Eagles tried 41 field goals last season and made 35, which was 3rd in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 85.4%. Philadelphia kickers made 97% of their extra points, going 30 for 31 last season. Their punters accumulated 2,888 yards on 63 punts, averaging 45.8 yards per punt. That ranked them 14th in the NFL in punting average. Philadelphia was 32nd in the NFL in punt returns with 19 last year. They totaled 246 punt return yards and averaged 12.9 yards per return, which was 2nd in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 66 yards. They returned 35 kicks for 956 yards on special teams, placing them 3rd in kick return yardage. The Eagles averaged 27.3 yards per kick return and had a long of 98 yards last season. They were 16th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,813.
Who will win tonight's Dolphins/Eagles NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Dolphins +3.5
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