Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/14
Miami Dolphins (8-8) at Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
NFL Football: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Georgia Dome)
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -2.5 -- Over/Under: 35.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons will square off on Friday at the Georgia Dome for their first preseason game.
The Dolphins look to put last season’s off-the-field issues behind them and make a run at the playoffs. In order for that to happen, the Dolphins must improve their offense line drastically and it’ll have to take place without their starting center in Mike Pouncey. Due to the overwhelming issues up front, you may see the offensive starters for the Dolphins play more reps than usual. Not to mention quarterback Ryan Tannehill and wide receiver Mike Wallace need to get on the same page after having no connection a year ago. The Dolphins backup quarterbacks are Matt Moore and Pat Devlin, guys who have been with the franchise for quite some time now. The Dolphins don’t have nearly as many concerns on the defensive side of the ball, but it’s going to be interesting to see if anybody steps up to replace suspended Dion Jordon.
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The Falcons look to put last season’s brutal 4-12 record behind them and it can start with a healthy Julio Jones and Roddy White at wide receiver. Those two give quarterback Matt Ryan one of the top wide receiver duos in the league. However, don’t expect to see the established stars much in this game due to them not needing many reps. Instead, backup quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree will see the field much of this game, two guys who don’t have much experience under their belt and are fighting for the backup spot. Combined, the two have 166 career pass attempts. While the offense should be in good hands, defense is where the Falcons must improve as they finished near the bottom of the league in both the run and pass. Linebacker Yawin Smallwood was a steal in last year’s draft and should turn some heads with the second unit.
Again, quarterback depth is extremely important when capping preseason games, and a combination of Moore and Devlin beat out all of the Falcons inexperienced backups. Moore was a decent starter in his career, while Devlin has shown promise in past preseason games.
Give me the Dolphins and the points.