Miami hasn’t performed well when featured on Monday Night Football recently, but sports bettors should predict a winning performance against New York at MetLife Stadium.
Fallen Into a Pattern
Miami has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it dropped a 39-36 decision to the Denver Broncos as 6.5-point road underdogs last week—blowing a fourth quarter lead of 10 or more for the first time since the 2001 campaign.
The Dolphins are still very much alive in trying to reach the playoffs for the first time in six years, which is important to consider when making your NFL predictions, as they occupy the No. 10 spot in the overall AFC standings. Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 5-5 SU and 5-4-1 ATS in December with the UNDER cashing in eight of those 10 opportunities.
New York failed miserably in trying to win back-to-back games for the first time in 2014, as it suffered a 38-3 blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills as 2.5-point neutral-site underdogs. The Jets haven’t received much in terms of quarterback play this year, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NFL odds, as Geno Smith and Michael Vick have combined to rank last in averaging 173.7 passing yards per game.
Sports bettors will find that the squad is a dismal 3-5 SU and 2-6 ATS in Weeks 10 through 13 since the start of the 2012 campaign.
Solid Play Under Center
The Dolphins certainly have a capable defense, but many experts around the league are starting to notice third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has managed to complete 70.9 percent of his passes this year.
He’s a big reason why all of Miami’s six wins this season have come by 13 or more points, as he needs just 211 passing yards to become the quickest to reach 10,000 in franchise history.
With a motivated opponent coming to town, the Jets must do a better job of playing defense in the opening 30 minutes, as they rank 31st in the league in giving up an average of 15.8 points in the first half.
New York’s struggles offensively has placed the defense in bad situations throughout the year, as the unit sits behind just six teams in giving up 324.8 yards a contest.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Dolphins as their NFL picks, as the Jets are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a setback of 14 or more points.
Miami officially snaps its 0-5 SUATS streak when featured on this primetime event.
Free NFL Pick: Miami Dolphins -7.5 at 5Dimes