MNF Betting: Saints vs Dolphins
The Saints opened as 5.5-point favorites over the Miami Dolphins in a Monday night battle between a pair of unbeatens.
New Orleans throttled the Arizona Cardinals, 31-7, last week, behind a big performance from quarterback Drew Brees and another strong showing from the improved Saints defense. New Orleans is allowing just under 13 points per game.
The Saints have been solid MNF bets, going 5-1 ATS in their past 6 Monday Nighters. The Dolphins are 1-4 ATS in their past five.
Miami second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill continues to improve. He led a late fourth-quarter winning drive against the Atlanta Falcons last week. The Dolphins have already won twice on the road this season, including a Week 2 win at Indianapolis. Miami’s defense also is off to a strong start, which could pose problems for the Saints’ lack of running game.
These two teams last met in 2009, with New Orleans winning 46-34.
They will face the 3-0 Dolphins, who own a 3-0 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Saints are 0-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Dolphins are 2-1 favoring the OVER.
The game pits the Saints, currently No. 7 in our OddsShark NFL Power Rankings, against the Dolphins, who rate No. 15 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 28-25 victory for the Saints.
In their last game, the Saints got 3 passing scores out of Drew Brees en route to a 31-7 win over the Cardinals on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 15-ranked offense (23.33 PPG) against a Dolphins defense that ranks No. 8 at 17.67 PPG. The Saints passing attack has averaged 318.67 yards per game, more than the Dolphins give up through the air (263.33 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Dolphins feature the league's No. 28-rated road run defense, allowing 160 yards per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, ranks No. 22 in rushing offense at home.
A few Dolphins at Saints trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 6 games when playing New Orleans
Miami is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Miami's last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing Miami
New Orleans is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
New Orleans is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games
Miami at Baltimore, Sunday, October 6th
New Orleans at Chicago, Sunday, October 6th