Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins - 9/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins - 9/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oakland Raiders will visit the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday in Week 3 NFL activity. 

The Raiders are currently 0-2 on the season. Oakland opened up with a limp 33-13 loss to the Rams, then in Week 2 against their rival Broncos in Denver, the Raiders fell in an instant classic 20-19. 

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In the Denver loss, Oakland QB Derek Carr put up 288 yards and a TD, while Marshawn Lynch led the rush on 65 yards and a TD. Amari Cooper was the leading Raiders receiver with his 10 catches for 116 yards. 

As for the Dolphins, they’re sitting pretty at 2-0 following two hard-fought victories. In Week 1 (after a long lightning delay) the Dolphins took out the Titans 27-20, then went to MetLife and beat their rival Jets 20-12 in Week 2. 

In the New York win, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill posted 168 yards and two touchdowns, while Kenyan Drake led the rush on 53 yards and a TD. Albert Wilson was the top Miami receiver with 37 yards and a score off three catches. 

The Raiders are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games in Week 3 and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in September. Oakland is 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 versus the AFC and 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 overall. 

Meanwhile, the Dolphins are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win and 1-4-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record. Miami is 0-4 ATS in their last four games in Week 3 and the over is 10-4 in their last 14 home games. 

In all honesty, I expected the Raiders to open the season much stronger than this (of course, that was before the Mack trade, but still). We’ve seen a few flashes of what Gruden’s gang can potentially be, but the team hasn’t quite put everything together yet. 

As for Miami, they’re starting out better than expected, with two solid—albeit sometimes sloppy—victories against decent squads. Thanks to their big-name playmakers I’m going to give the Raiders the benefit of the doubt one more time (a sentiment which will evaporate with another Oakland loss), but this one’s probably too close a call to mess with.

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