NFL Week 8 – TNF – Dolphins Look to Keep Winning Against Ravens
Baltimore welcomes the Dolphins to town in a game that has the lowest total in Week 8. They always seem to pick the best matchups for primetime, don’t they? Game quality kidding aside, this is a big game for both team as they try to keep pace in their respective divisions as we get closer to have the halfway mark of the year.
Miami Dolphins +3 (-120) at Baltimore Ravens -3 (+100) Total: 37
After looking like one of the worst teams in football early on, the Dolphins find themselves at 4-2 as we head into Week 8. The Fins won a thriller against the visiting Jets last week by a score of 31-28. Jay Cutler injured his ribs in last week’s win, and backup Matt Moore took the reins and led the Dolphins to a comeback victory.
Cutler is expected to be back next week but has not played well this season. It will be tough for Adam Gase to go back to Cutler if Moore once again performs well in tonight’s game. He’s already a fan favorite and is one of the better backups in the league. DeVante Parker who missed the last two games with an ankle injury will be a game-time call.
The Ravens have dropped their last two games, including a 24-16 defeat at Minnesota in Week 7. Their offense has been one of the worst in the league this season, and they have sprung some leaks defensively, as well. Baltimore has a 3-4 record and is in trouble in the AFC North with Pittsburgh leading the division at 5-2.
Bettors have favored Miami and Moore, but not by a substantial margin. The action is relatively even on both sides. The Ravens opened at -3 and most books have not come off that number. SportBetting.ag, like most betting sites, are favoring the Dolphins with the vigorish.
Dolphins at Ravens Prediction
Baltimore’s offense has not only played poorly, but they have several guys injured and in the concussion protocol. Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace are both questionable, along with Breshad Perriman and Ben Watson. Miami’s defense has been weak against the pass, but stout against the run, where the Ravens will likely go early and often tonight.
The matchup for Miami’s offense is far from ideal, but the team should get a significant upgrade at quarterback with Moore over Cassel. Moore could be a starter in this league and is debatably better than Ryan Tannehill. I think he leads the Dolphins to a win tonight.