We are now heading into the homestretch in the NFL regular season, with playoff spots still very much up for grabs. For the teams at or below the playoff line, each win and loss take on more meaning, with the losses coming now likely to be the ones that end the postseason dreams of several teams. For those currently sitting in a playoff spot, now is not the time to relax, as going into a slump now could mean falling out of that prime spot and allowing someone else in. That is very much the conversation with the Sunday night game this weekend. The Dolphins are currently in and still battling for a division crown, while the Chargers are below the playoff line and in desperate need of a win. They may be at home for this one, but the Chargers are in as a 3-point underdog. The point total set at 52 ½. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming Dolphins vs Chargers matchup, a free NFL Betting pick, and a prediction.
NFL Week 14 Betting Preview for Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles
Sunday Night Football: Miami Dolphins vs LA Chargers Odds and Match Info
- When: Sunday, Dec 11 at 8:20 PM EST
- Where: SoFi Stadium, LA
- TV: NBC
Why bet on the Miami Dolphins
As we mentioned earlier, the Dolphins are still in the hunt to win the AFC East, although that bid took a bit of a knock last weekend with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. That defeat means that the Dolphins are now at 8-4 on the season, a record that has them sitting in the #6 seed in the AFC, which would make for a rather difficult path to the playoffs. The fact that they are 6-2 in conference play helps their cause a little, and another win here would have them on the brink of clinching a postseason spot. This is a team they have had good luck against, with the Dolphins winning 12 of their last 16 meetings with the Chargers. They have also been a good bet against the spread versus the Chargers, covering in 10 of the last 14 meetings. 8 of their last 9 trips to LA have ended with the UNDER hitting.
Why bet on the LA Chargers
Time is very much running out for the LA Chargers, who come into this weekend with a 6-6 record. They have had a tough time finding any level of consistency this season and are actually heading in the wring direction of late, going 2-4 SU in their last 6 games. As it stands now, they are sitting below the playoff line and are also below the Patriots, who are ahead of them via a tiebreaker. It’s not a ton of ground to make up, but they need to start picking up wins if they are to climb out of this hole and into the postseason. We have already mentioned that the Chargers have had little success against the Dolphins, but they have also failed to cover in their last 5 against teams from the AFC East. Overall, 15 of the last 17 meetings between the Chargers and Dolphins have gone UNDER.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is a huge game for both teams, albeit for very different reasons. You could argue, though, that most of the pressure here is on the Chargers, but I think they end up coming up short. The wager that I really like with this one is the UNDER.
NFL Betting Pick: Miami Dolphins 27 LA Chargers 23