Hard Rock Stadium in Miami will be host to two teams that have struggled this season, as the Miami Dolphins will take on the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta comes into this one with a 2-3 record, while Miami has lost its last five straight after winning their opener against New England. Neither of these teams looks like playoff contenders at the moment, but it’s a long season, and things change quickly in the NFL. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at both the Falcons and the Dolphins so you can get ready to bet against their NFL odds.
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Atlanta Falcons Analysis
The Falcons are coming off after a trip to London. While overseas, the Falcons defeated the New York Jets. Matt Ryan has a nice start to the season, throwing for 1332 yards with ten touchdowns with three interceptions. He has done it without much help from top wideout Calvin Ridley.
Ridley has missed time due to injuries and just hasn’t played up to his capabilities. Kyle Pitts has been progressing in his rookie season, and he had a breakout game against the Jets. Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson have sparked Atlanta’s rushing game.
As has been the case over the past seasons, the Atlanta defense is still a weakness. The Falcons are allowing nearly 30 points per game while giving up over 350 yards of offense a game. Until the Falcons get better on the defensive side of the ball, they’re going to have a hard time getting into the playoffs.
Miami Dolphins Analysis
Last week, the Dolphins thought that they were going to get things corrected. Even though they had to play in London, they were headed there to play the Jacksonville Jaguars. Miami had Tua Tagovailoa returning from injury, and the Dolphins thought it was a very winnable game.
Unfortunately, the Dolphins were missing their two starting cornerbacks, starting wide receiver DeVante Parker and some other key players. The return of Tagovailoa wasn’t enough to propel the Dolphins to a win, and they lost their fifth straight game to Jacksonville.
Tight end Mike Gesicki and rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle have been Miami’s two main weapons on offense. The Dolphins ground game has yet to get going. Myles Gaskin leads the Dolphins rushing attack, which averages just over 71 yards per game.
Many thought that the Miami defense would be one of the league’s best, but they have yet to play well this season. They have one of the league’s best duos of cornerbacks, but those two haven’t played well either. The Dolphins are giving up nearly 420 yards of offense per game while giving up nearly 30 points each week.
The Falcons are road favorites in this game, as the oddsmakers have made them a 2.5-point favorite. The numbers are almost even for each team. The Falcons are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games as the favorite. They’re 9-3 against the spread in their previous 12 games against teams with a losing record.
As for the Dolphins, they’re 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 home games, yet they’re 1-4 against the spread in their previous five games.
We’re not confident in either team, but we think that this is the week that the Dolphins finally break their losing streak.