New Orleans Saints (1-2) at Miami Dolphins (1-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 1, 2017, 9:30 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Miami Dolphins +3 -- Over/Under: 50.5
The New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins meet Sunday in NFL action at Wembley Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints look for back-to-back victories to get back to a .500 record. The New Orleans Saints have lost five of their last eight road games. Drew Brees is completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 867 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brees has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. have combined for 342 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Mark Ingram has 11 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 96.7 yards per contest, and Ingram leads the way with 125 yards on 28 carries. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 26 points and 437.7 yards per game. P.J. Williams leads the New Orleans Saints with 21 tackles, Cameron Jordan has two sacks and Kenny Vaccaro has one interception.
The Miami Dolphins look for a bounce back victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Miami Dolphins have won five of their last seven road games. Jay Cutler is completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 450 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Cutler has one or less touchdown passes in six straight games. DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry have combined for 287 receiving yards and one touchdown while Kenny Stills has six receptions. The Miami Dolphins ground game is averaging 70.5 yards per contest, and Jay Ajayi leads the way with 138 yards on 39 carries. Defensively, Miami is allowing 18.5 points and 351.5 yards per game. Mike Hull leads the Miami Dolphins with 17 tackles, Cameron Wake has one sack and Xavien Howard has one pass deflection.
The Saints are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games in October, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games on grass and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Dolphins are 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss. The over is 9-4 in Dolphins last 13 games overall and over is 6-0 in Saints last 6 games overall.
I usualy shy away from games across the pond because there's so many factors that make these games weird, especially that soccer like field that has players slipping left and right. The Saints have been the more impressive team up to this point, but their defense is still complete garbage, putting way too much pressure on Brees and company to score lots of points. The Dolphins are a missed field goal away from being 0-2 on the season, but this should be a motivated and upset team after losing to the Jets and having coach Adam Gase call out the offense. There's too much offensive talent on Miami for this team to struggle the way it has. The defense should also get a boost with the return of linebacker Lawrence Timmons. I'm going to take my field goal here, as this should be a breakout offensive game for the fish.