New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins - 8/29/19 NFL Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
New Orleans Saints -4 O/U: 38.5
The Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints will meet up on the NFL gridiron to close out their preseasons on Thursday.
Miami is coming off a 7-9 record in 2018, leaving them in second place in a bad (outside of the Patriots) AFC East Conference and out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
So far this preseason, the Dolphins are 2-1. Miami took out the Falcons 34-27 in the opener then fell to the Buccaneers in Week 2 16-14. Last week the Dolphins got back in the win column 22-7 against the Jaguars.
Over on the Saints’ side, they posted a 13-3 record in the regular season and returned to the playoffs once again. Following a Divisional Round victory over the Eagles, New Orleans fell in a highly controversial finish to the Rams 26-23 in overtime in the NFC Championship.
The Saints are 2-1 in the preseason thus far. Following a 34-25 loss to the Vikings in Week 1, New Orleans followed that up with wins 19-7 over the Chargers and 28-13 over the Jets.
The Dolphins are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 on turf and 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games. Miami is 0-4 ATS in their last four Thursday games and the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Saints are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five overall. New Orleans is 0-5 ATS in their last five on turf and the under is 7-0-1 in their last eight Thursday games.
The Dolphins will enter rebuilding mode (again) this year and try to find a winning formula under new head coach Brian Flores. That said, Miami should show some improvement defensively at least, and if they can get some scoring rhythm going they could potentially flirt with a winning record.
As for the Saints, it’ll be business as usual and by most accounts they should return to the playoffs as a highly-favored squad. I like the depth and experience in New Orleans here, so I’m leaning that way in this game.