Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills Week 17 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/30/2018
Sunday, December 30, 2018
New Era Field
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The Miami Dolphins travel to New Era Field to take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, December 30, 2018. The opening line for this game has Buffalo as 3.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 38.
The Dolphins have an ATS record of 8-7-0 while their over/under record is 7-8-0. The Bills have an over/under record of 6-9-0 and they are 6-9-0 against the spread.
Valuable Miami Dolphins Betting Trends
The Miami Dolphins are 7-8-0 against the over/under
The Miami Dolphins are 8-7-0 against the spread
Important Buffalo Bills Betting Trends
The Buffalo Bills are 6-9-0 against the over/under
The Buffalo Bills are 6-9-0 against the spread
Key Miami Dolphins Injuries
12/23/18 S T.J. McDonald Foot is questionable Sunday vs Buffalo
12/23/18 CB Walt Aikens Hand injured last game, is questionable Sunday vs Buffalo
12/23/18 CB Xavien Howard Knee is questionable Sunday vs Buffalo
12/19/18 RB Frank Gore Leg IR
12/05/18 TE A.J. Derby Foot IR
11/24/18 WR Jakeem Grant Achilles IR
11/05/18 CB Cordrea Tankersley Knee IR
10/31/18 DT Vincent Taylor Foot IR
10/24/18 WR Albert Wilson Hip IR
10/17/18 LB Chase Allen Foot IR
10/03/18 C Daniel Kilgore Arm IR
09/24/18 DE William Hayes Knee IR
09/15/18 G Josh Sitton Shoulder IR
09/06/18 TE MarQueis Gray Achilles IR
09/04/18 C Jake Brendel Calf IR
09/04/18 LB Mike Hull Knee IR
Key Buffalo Bills Injuries
12/23/18 RB Chris Ivory Shoulder is questionable Sunday vs Miami
12/23/18 LB Julian Stanford Ankle injured last game, is questionable Sunday vs Miami
12/18/18 RB Marcus Murphy Elbow IR
12/12/18 LB Matt Milano Foot IR
12/11/18 CB Taron Johnson Ankle IR
12/05/18 C Russell Bodine Fibula IR
11/01/18 RB Taiwan Jones Neck IR
09/04/18 P Cory Carter ACL IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Miami Dolphins are 28th in the NFL in points scored with 302. They have run 817 plays this season for 4,413 yards, which ranks them 25th in the league in total offense. The Dolphins average 5.4 yards per play, which is 22nd in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 235 1st downs this year, placing them 25th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Miami has run for 1,639 yards as a team, which ranks 29th in the NFL. They've run 346 times, averaging 4.7 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Dolphins have been penalized on offense 104 times for 943 yards so far this season, which has them 2nd in the league in penalties. Ryan Tannehill has thrown for 1,832 yards this season. He has completed 158 passes on 243 attempts for a completion percentage of 65%. His quarterback rating is 99. He averages 7.5 yards per pass attempt and 11.6 yards per completion.
Miami is 29th in the league in points allowed on defense with 391. They have surrendered a total of 5,869 yards on D, which is 16th in the NFL. The Dolphins are ranked 21st in yards per play allowed with 6.1. Their pass defense has given up 7.3 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 23rd in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 318 passes on 482 attempts against the Miami Dolphins defense this season, placing them 16th and 9th in the National Football League. The Miami pass defense has also given up a total of 3,717 yards through the air, which is 16th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 451 attempts for 2,152 yards this year, putting them in 14th place in the league against the run. The Dolphins have committed 104 penalties for 832 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 30th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 39.4% of possessions on defense, which is 23rd in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Miami is ranked 9th in the league in punt returns with 26. They've accumulated 284 punt return yards and average 10.9 yards per return, which is 20th in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 71 yards. They have returned 33 kicks for 820 yards on special teams, ranking 7th in kick return yardage. The Dolphins average 24.8 yards per kick return and have a long of 102 yards this year. They are 22nd in the league in all-purpose yards with 5,902. The Miami Dolphins have attempted 19 field goals this season and made 17, which is 23rd in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 89.5%. Miami Dolphins kickers have made 97% of their extra points, going 33 for 34 this year. Their punters have totaled 3,709 yards on 83 punts, averaging 44.7 yards per punt. That places them 19th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Buffalo Bills have run for 1,818 yards as a unit, which ranks 6th in the league. They've run 435 times, averaging 4.2 yards per rush as a unit. The Bills have been penalized on offense 113 times for 968 yards so far this year, which has them 23rd in the NFL in penalties. They are 22nd in the National Football League in points scored with 227. They have run 948 plays this year for 4,397 yards, which ranks them 29th in the NFL in total offense. The Bills average 4.6 yards per play, which is 27th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 260 1st downs this season, ranking them 26th overall as an offensive unit. Josh Allen has completed 152 throws while attempting 294 passes for a completion percentage of 51.7%. He has passed for 1,850 yards this year. He averages 12.2 yards per completion and 6.3 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 63.7.
The Bills rush defense has given up 415 attempts for 1,740 yards this season, putting them in 29th place in the NFL against the run. They have had 95 penalties for 941 yards on defense this year. That places them 10th in the league. They've allowed a score on 34.5% of possessions on defense, which is 25th in the NFL. Buffalo is 18th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 357. They have given up a total of 4,481 yards on D, which is 26th in the league. The Bills are 15th in yards per play allowed with 4.9. Their pass defense has allowed 5.6 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 17th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 294 throws on 460 attempts against the Buffalo Bills defense this season, ranking them 30th and 29th in the league. The Bills pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,741 yards in the air, which is 20th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Buffalo Bills have tried 27 field goals this season and made 22, which is 14th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 81.5%. Buffalo kickers have made 95% of their extra points, going 19 for 20 this season. Their punters have accumulated 3,402 yards on 79 punts, averaging 43.1 yards per punt. That ranks them 17th in the NFL in punting average. Buffalo is 31st in the NFL in punt returns with 29. They've totaled 190 punt return yards and are averaging 6.6 yards per return, which is 10th in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 31 yards. They have returned 36 kicks for 763 yards on special teams, placing them 17th in kick return yardage. The Bills average 21.2 yards per kick return and have a long of 49 yards this season. They are 30th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 5,629.
Who will win tonight's Dolphins/Bills NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Dolphins +3.5
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