Dolphins vs Steelers Predictions, Picks, Week 8 Odds 10/28/2019
Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins travel to Heinz Field on Monday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Steelers. Miami opens this contest as 16.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 42.5. The Dolphins are 0-6-0 ATS and 2-4-0 when betting on the total. The Steelers are 2-4-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-4-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Miami Dolphins played the Buffalo Bills and were defeated 31-21. Mark Walton led the team in rushing during the game. His longest run of the day went for 19 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for 66 yards on 14 carries which had him averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Preston Williams was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 82 yards on 6 receptions. He notched an average of 13.7 yards per reception during the game. Leading the way at QB for the Dolphins was Ryan Fitzpatrick who went 23/35 with 282 yards through the air and completed 1 touchdown. He tossed 1 interception on the day. The Miami Dolphins rushed the ball a total of 30 times and racked up 109 yards which had them averaging 3.6 yards per carry. In the game, the Dolphins got 24 first downs and they totaled 6 penalties for 55 yards. For the game, they ran 66 plays which gave them a total of 381 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Miami allowed 16 completions on 26 throws for a total of 188 yards, and a completion percentage of 62.0%. On the day, they gave up a total of 305 yards but weren't able to foce a turnover. On the ground, the Dolphins allowed 117 yards on 23 attempts which is an average of 5.1 yards per run allowed. Josh Schonwald has a NFL pick ATS for the game between the Raiders and Texans.
Dolphins Worsen Their Mark to 0-6 After Loss
The Dolphins come into this matchup with a record of 0-6 this year. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the league averaging 11 points per contest, putting them 31st among all NFL teams. As a unit, they are averaging 67 yards on the ground per game which is 4th among AFC teams. For total yards, they currently sit at 15th among AFC teams and 31st among all NFL teams with 1,552 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Dolphins have compiled a total of 4 passing TDs and 3 rushing TDs. They are a team that struggles to put points on the board in the division and they will need to step up if they want to have a good offensive output.
The Dolphins have one of the worst defenses in the NFL, giving up 35.2 points per contest which has them at 16th in the AFC. When it comes to rushing yards, Miami is giving up 160.8 yards per contest putting them 4th among AFC East teams and 31st in the league. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.7 yards per carry ranking them 11th in the conference and 22nd in the NFL overall. In total, they have allowed 400 yards rushing through 6 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Dolphins have allowed 1,539 yards. Teams are completing 69.0% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 8.8 yards per try. They have allowed 16 passing TDs and 7 rushing TDs. Another game you may want to bet on is the free pick from Alan Matthews on the Redskins vs Vikings game.
In their last game, the Pittsburgh Steelers went up against the Los Angeles Chargers and won 24-17. Benny Snell Jr. led the team in rushing in the game. He broke a long run for 20 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for a total of 75 yards by way of 17 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. James Conner was the receiving yardage leader by earning 78 yards on 7 receptions. He had an average of 11.1 yards per reception in the game. Leading the way at QB for the Steelers was Devlin Hodges who went 15/20 with 132 yards passing and tossed 1 touchdown. He threw 1 pick on the day. The Pittsburgh Steelers ended up running the ball 36 times and totaled 124 yards which had them averaging 3.4 yards per attempt. Overall, the Steelers got 18 first downs and they had a total of 6 penalties for 45 yards. In all, they totaled 56 plays for 256 yards. When discussing the defense, Pittsburgh allowed 26 completions on 44 attempts totaling 316 yards, and a completion percentage of 59.0%. In the running game, the Steelers allowed 32 yards on 14 tries which is an average of 2.3 yards per carry allowed. Overall, they conceded a total of 348 yards and earned 3 takeaways.
Steelers Improve to 2-4 After Win
The Steelers come into this game with a record of 2-4. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Steelers have one of the most lackluster offenses in the league. When looking at their ability to score points, the Steelers are currently ranked 2nd among AFC North teams and 21st out of all the teams in the league with an average of 20.5 points per game. Pittsburgh hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 77 rushing yards per game, which has them at 26th in the NFL. As a team, they have compiled a total of 459 rushing yards through 6 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Steelers average 277 yards per contest overall ranking them 28th in the NFL and 14th in the conference.
The Steelers are allowing 21.8 points per contest which puts them at 1st in the AFC North and 14th among NFL teams. When it comes to points given up, they have given up 131 total points. In terms of rushing yards, they are conceding 110 yards per contest ranking them 18th in the NFL and 2nd among AFC North teams. For 2019, they have given up a total of 661 yards rushing and 4 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense is one of the middling groups in the NFL. They are allowing 244 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Steelers sit in 10th in the AFC. They have allowed 10 passing TDs this season.
Who will win tonight's Dolphins/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Dolphins +16.5
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