Dolphins visit Steelers in Week 14 NFL clash
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The battle for the second AFC wild-card spot is still a big mess; the Baltimore Ravens own it at the moment, but five other teams, including the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers, are within one game.
The Dolphins and Steelers will sort some of that mess out when they meet Sunday at Heinz Field.
Miami had lost four games in a row, but has won three of its last five, after beating the Jets in New Jersey last week 23-3. The Dolphins are also on a 3-0 ATS streak.
Pittsburgh, on the other hand, just had a three-game winning streak snapped by a 22-20 loss at Baltimore Thanksgiving night. But the Steelers are riding a four-game ATS winning streak.
In the early wagering Pittsburgh was favored by a field goal over the Dolphins at 5Dimes.
Supporters of the Dolphins have seen them go 6-6 and 7-5 ATS so far this season, while the Steelers are at 5-7 and 6-6 ATS. In totals betting, the Steelers are 5-7, while the Dolphins are 6-6.
The Dolphins were listed as 4-point underdogs early in the week at sportsbooks such as TopBet, with the total listed at 41.
It's a betting matchup between the No. 12-rated Steelers and the No. 19-ranked Dolphins, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 20-19 result in favor of the Dolphins.
Last time out for Miami, they were a 23-3 winner as they battled the Jets on the road. The Dolphins covered in the match as a 1-point favorite, while 26 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Ryan Tannehill led the way last time out for the Dolphins, connecting for 331 passing yards and a 23-3 victory over the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 2 touchdowns in his team's last game, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Ravens, who won 22-20 on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 21.92 PPG, against a Dolphins defense that ranks No. 9 this week at 20.67 PPG. The Steelers aerial game is averaging 261.75 yards per game, more than the Dolphins secondary allows through the air, 221.67 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Dolphins own the league's No. 12-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 106.5 yards per game when on the road. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 28 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Dolphins at Steelers trends to consider:
Miami is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Miami is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games
Miami is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Pittsburgh's last 16 games at home
Miami home to New England, Sunday, December 15th
Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Sunday, December 15th