Titans vs. Dolphins Prediction
Will the Miami Dolphins be able to open the season with an upset win at home when they take on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at 1PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, September 9, 2018
1PM ET – Hard Rock Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Titans are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Dolphins. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 45 points. The public betting for this game currently has 62 percent going on Tennessee on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NFL Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Titans reach playoffs
Despite a 9-7 record in 2017 and a playoff win, the Tennessee Titans opted to part ways with coach Mike Mularkey after three years and two winning seasons. Mike Vrabel was hired for his first head-coaching job and will coach the team this year. The Titans were 9-8-1 against the spread last season and 10-8 with the over.
The Titans had a rather lackluster offense last year, averaging just 314 yards per game despite putting up 20.9 points per contest. Marcus Mariota threw for 3,232 yards and 13 touchdowns with 15 interceptions while rushing for 312 yards and five scores. The team still has a steady 1-2 punch in the backfield. This year it is Derrick Henry and former Patriot Dion Lewis. Defensively, Tennessee gave up 22.3 points and 328 yards per game in 2017. The unit had 43 sacks and created a lot of turnovers. Kevin Byard had eight interceptions and 16 pass deflections alone.
Dolphins struggle in 2017
The Miami Dolphins limped to a 6-10 record last season in a year that was never able to get started after a season-ending injury to Ryan Tannehill in the preseason. Miami was just 5-9-2 against the spread last year and 8-8 with the over/under total. Adam Gase enters his third season as head coach. He is 16-17 through his first two years with one playoff appearance.
Miami struggled on offense last year, averaging just 17.6 points and 307.7 yards per game. Tannehill missed the whole year and was coming off a 2016 where he missed three games as well. Miami is hoping he can hold up this season. The team lost leading receiver Jarvis Landry in a trade with Cleveland, but did add Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson in free agency. Kenyan Drake came on late in the backfield, rushing for 644 yards and three scores a year ago. Miami’s defense gave up 24.6 points and 335.7 yards per game last season. They parted ways with Ndamukong Suh and his big contract, but will rely heavily on Cameron Wake, who had 10.5 sacks in 2017.
NFL Betting Trends
The Titans have covered the spread in four straight games on grass and the road team is 5-2 ATS in their last seven in this series.
Miami has covered the spread in four straight season openers, but in just one of their last five games in September.
Miami was pretty good in 2016 and the team is hoping that Tannehill coming back will be a big spark. Despite that, I worry about the weapons around him. Miami doesn’t have a lot of big playmakers to help him and their offensive line has been suspect. The Miami defense isn’t stellar either. Tennessee isn’t going to blow you away, but the Titans still have a physical line and they find ways to grind out games. Mariota is a playmaker and the team gets a young receiver in Corey Davis healthy again along with a new weapon in the backfield in Lewis. I like the Titans to get the job done.
NFL Prediction: Tennessee Titans -1.5