Dolphins vs. Steelers Pick
Will Sunday afternoon's NFL Wildcard Weekend matchup between the Dolphins and Steelers fall under the betting total at 1:05PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Steelers are 10-point home favorites versus the Dolphins after opening as an 8.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 47.5 but has been bet down to 45.5.
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Ryan Tannehill has been progressing in his recovery from a knee injury suffered in the final month of the regular season but coach Adam Gase decided that his quarterback "needed more time" after watching him move around on Wednesday. "I think we're close, but we're still in that gray area," Gase said. Matt Moore will start against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
The Steelers appear to be getting healthy at the right time. Tight end Ladarius Green (concussion) was a full participant at practice on Thursday and all signs point to him returning on Sunday. Also, receiver Sammie Coates, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, was a full participant on Wednesday's practice after sitting out the last two games of the regular season with a hamstring injury.
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OUR PREDICTION: The under is 14-6 in the Steelers' last 20 games and is 20-8-1 in their last 29 conference games as well. The under is 4-1 in the Dolphins' last five road playoff games and is 7-1 in their last eight playoff games overall. If Miami has any chance to pull the upset it needs to run the ball with Jay Ajayi and keep Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown on the sidelines as much as possible. Whether they're successful or unsuccessful with that strategy, it should lead to a low-scoring game for bettors. If the Dolphins can't run the football then they'll be one-dimensional, which would suppress their scoring ability as well.
NFL WILDCARD WEEKEND PICK: DOLPHINS/STEELERS UNDER 45.5