Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders - 9/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Oakland Raiders (0-2) at Miami Dolphins (2-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Hard Rock Stadium)
The Line: Miami Dolphins -3 -- Over/Under: 44
The Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins meet Sunday in NFL action at Hard Rock Stadium.
The Oakland Raiders look for their first win of the season to prevent an 0-3 start for the first time since 2014. The Oakland Raiders have lost each of their last four road games. Derek Carr is completing 80.6 percent of his passes for 591 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Carr has one or less touchdown passes in nine of his last 11 games. Jared Cook and Amari Cooper have combined for 354 receiving yards on 24 receptions while Jalen Richard has nine receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 93.5 yards per contest, and Marshawn Lynch leads the way with 106 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 26.5 points and 375 yards per game. Marcus Gilchrist leads the Oakland Raiders with 13 tackles, Bruce Irvin has one sack and Rashaan Melvin has one interception.
The Miami Dolphins look for another victory in hopes of starting 3-0 for the first time since 2013. The Miami Dolphins have won five of their last eight home games. Ryan Tannehill is completing 72.5 percent of his passes for 398 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Tannehill has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson have combined for 193 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jakeem Grant has seven receptions. The Miami Dolphins ground game is averaging 127.5 yards per contest, and Kenyan Drake leads the way with 101 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Miami is allowing 16 points and 349 yards per game. Kiko Alonso leads the Miami Dolphins with 19 tackles, Robert Quinn has one sack and Reshad Jones has two interceptions.
The Raiders are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 2-7-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Dolphins are 1-4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Raiders are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the road team is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the underdog is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
The Oakland Raiders are coming off a tough loss to the Denver Broncos, the type of game that could leak into other contests and really ruin a season. The Raiders simply aren't getting enough consistent offensive production, as Carr hasn't been a difference maker through the air and the ground game is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry, which is near the bottom of the league. We've been on the Miami Dolphins both games this season and have cashed rather easily, as this club was drastically underrated heading into the season considering they won six games last year with Jay Cutler at QB. Miami has been solid defensively and the ground game is currently sixth in the league with 225 yards. While everybody else continues to find reasons to fade the Dolphins, I'll keep backing them and these weird odds.