Let’s be clear here: Week 4 of the NFL preseason is about 99 percent meaningless. However, if there’s one team that has something to play for a bit this week it’s the Miami Dolphins as they visit the New Orleans Saints on Thursday. The Fins still have a quarterback competition to resolve but are NFL Betting underdogs.
How to Bet Dolphins vs Saints NFL Preseason Week 4 Odds & Game Info
- When: Thursday, 8 PM ET
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
- TV: NFL Network replay
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Preseason Week 4 Odds: New Orleans Saints -3.5 (Total 37)
These teams met in Week 4 of the 2017 regular season and the Saints won 20-0 in London. Drew Brees threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and the Saints scored all but three of their points in the second half. Michael Thomas had a touchdown reception in the third quarter, Alvin Kamara added one in the fourth and Will Lutz made two of his three field-goal attempts for New Orleans. Jay Cutler completed 20 of 28 passes for Miami, which finished with 185 yards. Cutler is out of football now.
- Mostly Sunny: 31°C/88°F
- Humidity: 65%
- Precipitation: 10%
- Cloud Cover: 28%
- Wind: 9 mph NNE
- Stadium Type: Indoor
Why Bet on Miami?
The only quarterback battle ongoing in the NFL is with the Dolphins between veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and second-year Josh Rosen. If you believe super-agent Drew Rosenhaus, Rosen will win the job. Then again, Rosenhaus is Rosen’s agent. While Fitzpatrick reportedly had the lead early in camp, Rosen has continued to improve each and every week during OTAs and training camp. He looked better in the preseason too.
Brian Flores doesn’t know who the Week 1 starter is “just yet. … Both guys have strengths, weaknesses and things that we like. This will be a hard decision for the staff.” Flores expect to make his decision by mid-week, though he’s not sure if he’ll announce it publicly. While Week 4 of the preseason is often reserved for fringe roster types, it’s possible we see all three Dolphins signal-callers — Fitzpatrick, Rosen and Jake Rudock — compete in Thursday’s preseason finale.
Miami is 2-1 this preseason after a 22-7 win over Jacksonville last week. Rosen completed 5-of-7 passes for 59 yards in the Dolphins’ third preseason game. Rosen appeared far behind Fitzpatrick on the depth chart, as Fitz played well into the second half. Fitzpatrick wasn’t great, completing 12-of-18 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Kenyan Drake (foot) returned to practice on Monday but won’t play this week. The missed practice reps could cost Drake in his battle with Kalen Ballage, who has worked as the first-team back for much of camp. Receiver Albert Wilson (hip) has resumed running full speed and been cleared to do “everything” in practice. Wilson said he is fully on track for Week 1.
Team Stats (Offense)
- Points per Game: 22.00
- Passing Yards: 217.17
- Rushing Yards: 107.67
- Turnovers: 2.67
Why Bet on New Orleans?
The Saints are 2-1 this preseason, winning 28-13 at the Jets last week. Drew Brees threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas to cap his only drive in his preseason debut. Brees finished 4 of 6 for 68 yards and was done, along with the rest of the offensive starters, and was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater (15 of 26 for 143 yards) and Taysom Hill (8 of 13 for 127 yards) give New Orleans an admirable backup situation.
Alvin Kamara rushed for four yards on two carries and caught 2-of-3 targets for 29 yards in the win. Backup tailback Latavius Murray didn’t play. Neither did tight end Jared Cook. Thomas caught 2-of-2 targets for 39 yards and one touchdown in the Saints’ third preseason game. Thomas climbed the ladder for his 19-yard touchdown to finish off his preseason.
Undrafted rookie punt returner Deonte Harris had been flirting with a breakaway return all preseason — and he finally got it against the Jets. It was a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that will make it awfully hard to keep him off the Saints’ 53-man roster. Harris, a 5-foot-6 170-pounder from Division II Assumption College, set the NCAA all-division record with 14 career TD returns.
The Saints’ starting defense was almost as efficient as the starting offense while building a 10-0 lead. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore had the highlight play by stripping a fumble away from Jets RB Ty Montgomery. New York’s first three series went this way: Turnover, punt, punt. The Jets totaled just 300 yards and the Saints posted stops on nine of 13 third-down attempts.
Team Stats (Offense)
- Points per Game: 25.50
- Passing Yards: 228.67
- Rushing Yards: 90.83
- Turnovers: 2.17
Dolphins vs Saints NFL Preseason Week 4 Betting Trends
- Dolphins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against New Orleans
- Dolphins are 0-8 SU in their last 8 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
- Saints are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games played in August
- Saints are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans’ last 5 games
Expert Final Score Prediction for Dolphins vs Saints
Miami Dolphins 20 – New Orleans Saints 23