If we have learned anything over the years watching the NFL it’s that it is very tough to win on a regular basis in this league if you don’t have an elite QB under center. Of course, you also need to have some decent talent besides the QB on both sides of the football, but an elite starter is definitely a difference maker. You need only look at the Miami Dolphins and how they performed with Tua Tagovailoa out as compared to how they played with him in. The Detroit Lions had a great starter in Matthew Stafford, but they were never able to surround him with the talent that would make them a regular winner. These two teams will hook up in Week 8, with the Dolphins looking to get back on track with Tua as the starter. Miami is in as a 3 ½ point favorite for this one, with the point total set at 51 ½. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming match between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys, so you can bet against their NFL Lines.
NFL Week 8 Betting Preview: Miami Dolphins at Detroit Analysis
Miami Dolphins v Detroit Lions Match Info
- When: Sunday, Oct 30 at 1 PM EST
- Where: Ford Field, Detroit
- TV: CBS
Why bet on the Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins came charging out of the gate this season, winning each of their first 3 games and looking like a serious contender in the process. That was followed by an injury to Tua, which lead to firings and potential NF rules changes, and a 3-game losing skid, where the offense average just 16 PPG. Tua returned last week and led his team to a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and while they started hot in that one, they cooled off as the game progressed and allowed things to get a little too close for comfort. Still, this is a team that looks a whole lot better with their starting QB under center, so look for more improvements this week. Given all that has gone down, it’s perhaps not surprising that the Dolphins have covered just once in their last 5 games. The UNDER has also hit in 4 of their last 5.
Why bet on the Detroit Lions
It is tough to know what to make of this Lions team this season. They looked pretty decent in the opening couple of weeks, but the wheels have come off rather dramatically, with the Lions on a 4-game losing skid that has dropped them to 1-5 on the season. To make matters worse, the offense, which looked pretty good through their opening 4 games, has deserted them now, managing a total of just 6 points over their last 2 games. They have also now failed to cover the spread in each of their last 3 outings, although Detroit is still 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games overall. They have also covered in 6 of their last 7 home games. While the OVER has hit in 6 of their last 8, they have seen 7 of their last 9 versus teams from the AFC East go UNDER the point total.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While neither of these offenses is clicking at the moment, you have to believe that the Dolphins are better equipped to snap out of that slump. I think that may start this weekend, as I like them to win and cover versus the Lions.
NFL Betting Pick: Miami Dolphins 28 Detroit Lions 13