Lions vs. Dolphins Total Prediction
Will the Detroit Lions struggle coming off the bye when they go on the road to face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at 1PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, October 21, 2018
1PM ET – Hard Rock Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Lions are the slight favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -3 points against the Dolphins. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 46.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 58 percent going on Miami at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NFL Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Lions coming off bye
The Detroit Lions went into the bye coming off a 31-23 win at home over the Green Bay Packers. Detroit is now 2-3 on the year, 4-1 against the spread and 4-1 with the over. They have hit the over in both road games.
The Lions are not great on defense, as they are giving up 27.4 points and 392.6 yards per game this season. Their run defense is among the worst in the NFL, allowing 145.8 yards per game. The Lions have been able to get to the QB, racking up 17 sacks as a unit. Offensively, Detroit is putting up 25 points and 377 yards per game. Matthew Stafford has been doing his part, throwing for 1,385 yards and 10 touchdowns with five interceptions. Kerryon Johnson has been showing some promise in the backfield, as the rookie has rushed for 286 yards and a touchdown.
Dolphins upset the Bears
The Miami Dolphins are coming off a 31-28 OT win over the Bears at home last week as a 7.5-point underdog. The Dolphins are now 4-2 on the season, 4-2 against the spread and 3-3 with the over/under total.
The Dolphins were able to win last week’s game without Ryan Tannehill and he isn’t expected to play on Sunday either because of a shoulder injury. On the year, Miami is averaging just 21.7 points and 346.7 yards per game. Brock Osweiler was under center last week and has thrown for 415 yards and four touchdowns on the year. The Dolphins have a respectable run game, with Frank Gore leading the way with 303 yards. Defensively, Miami is giving up 24.2 points and 407.7 yards per game. Their pass defense is giving up 290 yards per game.
NFL Betting Trends
The Lions have hit the over in six of their last eight road games and in six of their last eight following a win.
The Dolphins have hit the over in 11 of their last 13 games in Week 7 and in seven of their last nine home games.
The Dolphins and Bears had quite a shootout last week and I could see something similar this week. The Lions pass game should be able to expose the Dolphins’ secondary and the Miami run game should have success against the Lions front seven. Osweiler played pretty well last week and if he shows up again on Sunday, this game should definitely go over.
NFL Prediction: Lions/Dolphins Over 46.5