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Cardinals Have Been Brutal in Early Afternoon Games

The Cardinals haven’t travelled well this season, especially when they play in the early afternoon game on Sunday as they’ve now lost four straight SU and ATS in the 1 p.m. EST time slot. They’ll have a shot to turn the tide on that trend, opening as a small underdog in Miami vs a Dolphins team that’s coming off its worst beatdown of the season.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in the Cardinals' last three games against the Dolphins.
  • The Dolphins are 6-1 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Dolphins' last six games.

After being a money bet from mid-October to the end of November, the Dolphins no-showed in Baltimore, losing 38-6. The loss put an end to a six-game SU win streak and added to a trend that’s seen them go 0-12 ATS in their last 12 games in the month of December. It’s the opposite story for the Cards in December, especially on the road, as they’ve gone 7-0-1 ATS in their last eight December road games.

The total for the game opened at 43.5 points, and the OVER looks like a good option. Miami’s home OVER/UNDER record combined with Arizona’s road OVER/UNDER record this season is 10-1. Arizona has allowed 30.3 points per game over its last three games, good enough for second-worst in the NFL. The Dolphins offense has been much better at home this season, averaging 27.2 points at Hard Rock Stadium compared with just 15.3 in road games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Arizona Cardinals were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as TopBet, with the total listed at 44.

Odds Shark prediction models picked the Dolphins to win this game on Sunday 30-15. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run and see PredictionMachine.com for additional NFL picks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Arizona Cardinals vs Miami Dolphins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the Miami Dolphins have seen them go 7-5 and 6-5-1 ATS so far this season, while the Arizona Cardinals are at 5-6-1 and 4-8 ATS. In over under totals betting, the Arizona Cardinals are 6-5-1, while the Miami Dolphins are 8-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Miami vs Arizona injuries news.

The Miami Dolphins sit at No. 25 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Arizona Cardinals are at No. 15 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Miami Dolphins No. 22-ranked offense (21.25 PPG) against a Arizona Cardinals defense that ranks No. 12 at 20.92 PPG. The Dolphins passing attack has averaged 217.08 yards per game, more than the Cardinals give up through the air (199.25 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Arizona Cardinals feature the league's No. 30-rated road run defense, allowing 137.6 yards per game. The Miami Dolphins, meanwhile, ranks No. 5 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Arizona comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Carson Palmer in defeating the Redskins 31-23.

Betting Trends
  • Arizona is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Arizona is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games
  • Arizona is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Miami is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games
  • Miami is 5-11-1 ATS in its last 17 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Arizona home to New Orleans, Sunday, December 18th
Miami at New York, Saturday, December 17th