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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins NFL Preseason, Odds, Prediction - 8/16/14

Miami Dolphins (8-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)

NFL Football: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Raymond James Stadium)

The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 -- Over/Under: 35 See the Latest Odds

TV: Local

The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers play a Saturday preseason game at Raymond James Stadium.

The Dolphins lost their first preseason game, 16-10, to the Atlanta Falcons. The Dolphins were without their main backup quarterbacks due to injury, so they were forced to roll with undrafted rookie Seth Lobato for majority of the game. Starter Ryan Tannehill played one drive and completed all six of his throws for 62 yards and a touchdown. Overall, the Dolphins finished the game with 229 yards and displayed a balanced offense that threw the ball 34 times and ran 21 times. There’s no word on if the Dolphins true backup quarterbacks will participate in this matchup. Defensively, the Dolphins allowed 372 yards and held the Falcons to three field goals. While there were four tackles for loss, nobody came away with a sack.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins NFL Preseason, Odds, Prediction - 8/16/14

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The Buccaneers lost their first preseason game, 16-10, to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bucs were one of the few teams who gave their starting quarterback a lot of reps, as Mike Glennon threw for 140 yards and one touchdown on 19 pass attempts. The Buccaneers displayed a balanced offense that threw the ball a total of 30 times and ran the ball 25 times. Overall, the Bucs finished the game with 249 yards and punched the ball across the goal line in their only red zone trip. In this matchup, you’re likely going to see more of Josh McCown. Defensively, the Bucs allowed 264 yards and kept the Jaguars from scoring in two different red zone trips. Steven Means was the only Tampa Bay player to pick up a sack.

If the Dolphins actually have their backup quarterbacks in this game, they should get the victory. The Dolphins are deeper on the offensive side of the ball and could have beat the Falcons if it was for a fumble in the final minutes inside the opponent’s five-yard line. Watch out for depth chart updates and if the fish are healthier than they were a week ago, take the points. 

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