Preseason Home Trends to Continue: Dolphins the NFL Pick Over Falcons

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 12:58 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 12:58 PM UTC

Can the Miami Dolphins serve up a win in preseason NFL betting action? Join us as we preview week 3 warmup action against the Falcons, marking the Dolphins home opener in the exhibition rounds.

Atlanta Falcons 1-1 SU in Preseason
The Atlanta Falcons opened their preseason with a solid 31-24 win over the revamped Tennessee Titans at home, all while covering as the -2.5-point home chalk. In week 2, however, they were dealt a setback with a 30-22 loss on the road to the Jets.

On the bright side, the Falcons offense looks sharp. Matt Ryan and his starters had two solid accounts over the preseason. Ryan went 4 of 5 for 75 yards and a touchdown. He finished with a stellar 158.3 rating. While the Falcons starters were on the field, the Jets had all to do and by the end of the first quarter they were down 14-0. Not until the Falcons started to cede the field to the backups did the Jets finally turn things around, resulting the Falcons’ first loss of the preseason.

Falcons are 1-1 SU and ATS in the preseason. They enter the pivotal week 3 as the 3.5-point underdogs against the spread, down from an opening 4-point mark. The totals were set to 44 and, so far, aren’t budging on the NFL odds boards.

Miami Dolphins Winless in Preseason
Miami Dolphins may be winless in the preseason, but there’s a lot of buzz surrounding them regardless. They are 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS through two rounds of exhibition games.

Ryan Tannehill and the starters have been sharp in their performances, including their most recent 31-30 loss to the Panthers, which saw the Dolphins cover as the +1.5-point underdogs. Tannehill went 12 of 15 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. In the battle of the starters, the Dolphins came out on top and that probably means more than the end result of a preseason game, which has no bearing in the broad spectrum of the NFL season.


Falcons vs. Dolphins Betting Tips and Picks
As we enter week 3 of the NFL preseason, we’re sure to see more of the stars of each team play longer stretches as they attempt to get their final preparations in before the season kicks off. For the Dolphins that could prove auspicious towards a first preseason win in front of their beloved fans in Miami. Consider the starters have been sharp in both games and won the battle against opposing starters in the previous two games this month, Ryan Tannehill and Co. should fancy their chances when they welcome Atlanta Falcons at home, especially when their stout defense stares down Matt Ryan and his O-line. Atlanta’s starters have looked really good as well, but their backups have faltered. Case-and-point the 30-22 loss to the New York Jets in week 2, a side that was punch-less in week 1 and steamrolled by the Lions.

The Dolphins are trading as the 3.5-point home favourites going into week 3 NFL preseason betting. Home teams have done well in the preseason. Take the Dolphins as the 3.5-point home faves on your NFL picks.

NFL Picks: Dolphins -3.5 at 5Dimes

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