Titans vs. Dolphins Total Pick
Will the points be hard to come by when the Miami Dolphins play host to the Tennessee Titans this afternoon in Week 1 of the NFL season?
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 point against the Dolphins. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 45 points. The public betting for this game currently has 60 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.
Tannehill returns for Miami
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.
Titans go in a new direction
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.
NFL Betting Trends
The Dolphins are 8-2 with the under in their last 10 season openers, but 9-4 with the over in their last 13 home games.
The Titans are 4-1 with the under in their last five conference games and 8-3 with the under in their last 11 season openers.
I think this will be an ugly football game. Miami’s offense should still go through some struggles with Tannehill getting his first start in over a year. It’s unsure how mobile he will be able to be. The Miami defense should improve with a more consistent offense and the Titans are an offense that just goes through a lot of funks. The Titans have a defense that should be able to keep Miami from scoring too often and keep the overall total pretty low.
NFL Prediction: Titans/Dolphins Under 45