Philadelphia Eagles vs. Miami Dolphins - 8/24/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Miami Dolphins (10-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-9)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 -- Over/Under: 42 Click Here for the Latest Odds
Out at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, August 24, the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Eagles will be meeting up in Week 3 NFL preseason action.
The Dolphins are sitting at 1-1 in the preseason so far, recording a 23-20 victory over the Falcons in the opener and a 31-7 loss to the Ravens in Week 2. Running back Senorise Perry was the most notable performer in that Baltimore game, as he rushed six times for 25 yards and a TD.
Miami is coming off a reasonably successful 2016 season, where they finished 10-6 and second in the AFC East. The Dolphins were one-and-done in the playoffs, however, falling in the Wild Card Game to the Steelers 30-12. The Dolphins are a bit of a question mark this year, however, as they’ve already lost starting QB Ryan Tannehill to a knee injury. Formerly retired ex-Bear and Bronco Jay Cutler was signed in the aftermath.
Over on the Eagles’ side, they’re also 1-1 in the preseason so far. Philadelphia lost the opener against the Packers 24-9, then edged out the Bills in Week 2 with a 20-16 victory. Running back Corey Clement notched eight carries for 34 yards and a score in that one, while QB Matt McGloin managed 131 yards and a pick.
Philadelphia lost nine of their final 13 games in 2016, finishing dead last in the NFC East at 7-9 and missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. The Eagles have added a few new faces this year, however, including WRs Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery alongside QB Nick Foles and RB LeGarrette Blount.
Each team has a few notable injury situations to look out for. The Eagles will be monitoring QB Nick Foles, LB Jordan Hicks and G Matt Tobin, while notable names for the Dolphins who are banged up include S Nate Allen, C Ted Larsen and WR Tyler Murphy.
The Eagles are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games, and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass. The over is 4-1 in the Eagles’ last five games overall, and 6-2 in the Eagles’ last eight Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the under is 8-0-1 in the Dolphins’ last nine Thursday games and the over is 6-1 in the Dolphins’ last seven games overall. The over is 6-2 in the Dolphins’ last eight bagels on grass, and the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams.
Both these teams are question marks heading into the season, but a Wild Card berth isn’t out of the question if the best-case scenario unfolds for either squad. Given the state of flux and the rust/inexperience of the Dolphins’ QB corps, however, I think the play here is with the Eagles. I’ll take Philly to cover.