Dolphins vs. Steelers Odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers look to pick up another playoff home win when they host the Miami Dolphins today at 1:05PM ET.
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Steelers are the clear favorite to win, as Pittsburgh is getting odds of -10.5 points against the Dolphins. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 45.5 points. The spread opened at 10 points and held there most of the week before adding the hook. The public is torn on this game, as the Steelers are getting 52 percent of the wagers as the big favorite. These two met during the season, with Miami getting a 30-15 win at home. The Dolphins have covered the spread in three straight against the Steelers.
Pittsburgh closed the season on a seven-game winning streak to claim the AFC North at 11-5. The Steelers were 5-1-1 against the spread in that streak and are 9-6-1 against the spread for the season. Pittsburgh has been led all season by its powerful offense. The Steelers put up 24.9 points per game this year as Ben Roethlisberger threw for 3,819 yards and 29 touchdowns while Le’Veon Bell rushed for 1,268 yards and seven scores. Bell also has 616 receiving yards while Antonio Brown had 1,284 receiving yards on 106 catches. Defensively, Pittsburgh isn’t the best, as the Steelers have given up 20.4 points per game. They have been suspect against the pass at times, but do put on a good pass rush. Pittsburgh had 38 sacks in 2016 thanks to a variety of players racking up at least three. The Steelers also forced 23 turnovers. Unlike last season, where Pittsburgh dealt with injuries to Big Ben, Bell and Brown, the Steelers come into the playoffs largely healthy.
Miami earned a Wild Card spot thanks to a 10-6 record this year. However, the Dolphins come in hampered, as starting QB Ryan Tannehill is out with ACL and MCL sprains he suffered weeks ago. That puts Matt Moore under center, but he has played pretty well considering. Moore has 721 passing yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. He has some talent at receiver, led by Jarvis Landry, who has caught 94 passes for 1,136 yards. He also has a solid back in Jay Ajayi, who ran for 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Miami’s defense hasn’t been very reliable, as it gives up 23.8 points and 382.6 yards per game. They have really struggled against the run, allowing 140.4 yards per game. Despite a high-paid front line, the unit hasn’t been able to make many plays. Ndamukong Suh has just five sacks this year. Miami comes into this game 9-7 against the spread, with the defense being the main culprit for many of the failed covers.