Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers- 1/8/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Dolphins (10-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
NFL Football: Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 1:05 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Dolphins look to pull off the huge playoff upset on Sunday as they head into Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Dolphins are looking for some playoff magic from career backup Matt Moore as he will take the field behind center and run the Dolphins offense as Ryan Tannehill has officially been ruled out with a knee injury that has kept him out for weeks. The Dolphins will have to rely on the ground game if they’re going to find any success and with the way Jay Ajayi has played since week six he is more than capable of handling the work load but against a Steelers offense that can shred teams apart at will the Dolphins know they have their work cut out for them here. Miami’s defense has been dreadful for the most part this season and while they do have some play makers up front in the form of Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh it won’t be nearly enough to contain a Steelers team that has the likes of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell at this disposal of Ben Roethlisberger.
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The Steelers have had some blips on the radar this season but have also put up some very impressive performances with their demolition of the second seeded Chiefs coming to mind and if they are clicking on offense and force the Dolphins to throw the football this one could be over by half time. Pittsburgh does have some play makers on the defensive side of the ball led by Ryan Shazier but their bread and butter over the last few seasons has been their offense, and as we saw against the Bengals last year they have a group of receivers more than capable of thriving in the big moments. The line here continues to go up as the status of Tannehill shifted this one above double digits and in some books it is trending north of 12 points and could approach two scores before kickoff.
The Dolphins are 1-4 ATS in their last five road playoff games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 against a team with a winning record while the Steelers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home playoff games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six against the AFC. This line is getting out of control but the Steelers just outclass the Dolphins in every facet of this game and if the Texans can beat the Raiders by two scores than the Steelers can do the same to the Dolphins.