Bet Dolphins to Cover vs. Rams Week 4 NFL Preseason

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:23 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 10:23 PM UTC

Sam Bradford was not going to play this week anyways for St. Louis. But now there is a real chance he will never play for the Rams again and those making NFL picks have to reassess St. Louis.

By the end of this season, Bradford will have missed 31 of 80 potential games in his NFL career and he missed the majority of his last season at Oklahoma. Coach Jeff Fisher turns to Shaun Hill, while going over what other options might be available. For those digging for information on the NFL odds and making sports picks, how quickly things can change.

Now What for St. Louis?
The Rams for a three-year period just before the turn of the century had what was referred to as the “Greatest Show on Turf” with a quarterback nobody had heard of named Kurt Warner. Since then it has been the - crumbling quarterback on turf - with only three quarterback starters lasting 16 games in a season since 2002.

Coach Fisher has of yet not made his plans known for this contest, but he’s in a corner, not wanting to play many regulars on offense, yet realizing Hill needs more than just practice time with the first unit before the lid-lifter with Minnesota.

Football handicappers were already aware the Rams were going to be a running team first before Bradford’s unfortunate injury and this will certainly be the case in at least the first quarter of the season. Hill’s strength as a passer is the short three-to-five step drop in rhythm, but he’ll need time to work with his pass-catchers.

St. Louis proved last year they have the makings of a very good defense and this contingent will have to lead not only this week, but for weeks ahead if the Rams are to beat the betting odds and win. 

Miami Sorting Out Offense
If the Dolphins 25-20 win over Dallas was a dress rehearsal for the regular season, the way they played was more like a Lady Gaga concert than a prelude to a potentially success season.

Miami’s offense was at its best when Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller were running the ball, but they were going up against a Dallas defense which does not look they are going to slow, let alone stop the run this season.

Just when it looked like the Dolphins had something going, they changed costumes like Lady Gaga and started making silly mistakes which stalled drives.

First-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has to make up his mind how to best utilize QB Ryan Tannehill in the passing game and those answers are not known at this juncture.

How This Should Play Out
The players and coaches of St. Louis have to focus on winning with what they have, but this latest black cloud hanging over the Rams could well have a lingering effect not only short term, but long term also.

Miami, while not perfect is more settled than St. Louis. The Dolphins won last week despite a -3 turnover margin and sportsbooks have them as field goal favorites with a total of 40.

I realize the Fins are only 1-8 ATS in non-conference games the past three years, however, team like Miami after gaining 400 or more yards in last preseason outing are 30-10 against the spread.

NFL Pick: Miami minus the points

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