Despite the off field distractions taking place in Miami, the Dolphins head into their NFL Monday Night Football clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers laying 2.5 points.
Miami enters the game with a record of 4-4 SU and ATS. The Dolphins have been mired in controversy since Jonathan Martin left the team and Richie Incognito was suspended by the club.
The performance by the Dolphins of late has not been good as they are 1-4 over their past five games played.
Tampa Bay is 0-8 SU and 2-6 ATS and an ideal matchup for Miami as they too have had their share of controversy and rumors are rampant that players are upset with Head Coach Greg Schiano’s intense workouts.
The last time Tampa Bay won at home was one year ago – tonight. Since that game, Tampa Bay is 2-13 SU and 5-9-1 ATS. In their last loss against Seattle last Sunday, the Bucs held a second quarter lead of 21 points, but eventually lost in overtime 27-24.
Though winless, Tampa has been competitive in their games. The Bucs own just the fourth worst point differential at -66, with Houston, New York (Giants), and Jacksonville (-178) all worse than the Bucs.
Miami is streaky. They were 3-0 to start the season and then lost four straight, before defeating Cincinnati in overtime 22-20, two Thursday’s ago.
As a favorite, Miami is 1-2 SU and ATS, while Tampa Bay is 0-6 SU and 2-4 ATS as the underdog.
Five of the eight games for the Dolphins have finished OVER the point total, while Tampa Bay’s last four have gone OVER.
The line opened last weekend with Miami at -3, but has been bet down a half point to the .2.5 that is stands at now.
The Dolphins cannot seem to protect their quarterback as he has been sacked 35 times and tonight 40% of their offensive line will be new. Chances are the sacking will continue tonight.
Ryan Tannehill however, has played well for Miami with 10 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. His arm is strong and he is big and athletic.
Tampa has only 17 sacks thus far and is led in the department by Lavonte David who has five. His quickness off the ball could be a nightmare for the offensive line of Miami especially the two new players replacing Martin and Incognito.
Lamar Miller is running the ball well for Miami, while Tampa Bay is allowing only 4 yards per carry this season.
The Dolphins are thin on the offensive line. They have had controversy hovering over them for the past 10 days.
The Bucs are hungry for a win and their matchup tonight with Miami is their best shot at getting one.
Pick: Tampa Bay 21-13