NFL

Miami Dolphins vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Miami
Dolphins
10 - 6
Pittsburgh
Steelers
11 - 5
January 08, 2017, 1:05 PM EST
 | Acrisure Stadium

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Miami
Dolphins
10 - 6
Pittsburgh
Steelers
11 - 5
January 08, 2017, 1:05 PM EST
 | Acrisure Stadium
  • In a rematch of their Week 6 tilt, the Steelers host the Dolphins on Wild Card Sunday looking for their eighth consecutive victory. A win for Pittsburgh would be just its second in six playoff games and would result in a matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, whom the Steelers trucked 43-14 in the Sunday nighter back in Week 4.

    SHARK BITES
    • The Steelers are 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games as favorite.
    • The Dolphins are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games as an underdog of 10.0 or more.
    • The Dolphins are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games in the playoffs on the road.

    For the Dolphins, this playoff game has been a long time in the making. Their last postseason appearance came all the way back in 2008 and their last playoff win came in 2000 when Jay Fiedler was calling the signals under center in Miami. That is a long damn time to go without a playoff win and it’s looking like the ’Phins may have to wait at least one more year before they taste postseason success for the second time in this millennium.

    The key for the Steelers in this game is going to be stopping the run. When they played back in October, Miami and Jay Ajayi ran all over Pittsburgh to the tune of 222 total rushing yards. In all but one of the Steelers’ losses this year, they gave up over 100 rushing yards and are coming off back-to-back weeks allowing their opponents to breach the century mark on the ground.Their poor defensive performance against the Browns in Week 17 can largely be attributed to Mike Tomlin sitting most of his starters and prior to their Week 16 matchup with the Ravens, Pittsburgh had gone five consecutive weeks without allowing a team to rush for over 100 yards.

    Ajayi is just two weeks removed from a huge game so a breakout performance is definitely possible but without a solid No. 1 quarterback at the helm of the Dolphins offense, the attack may become one-dimensional and predictable. Pittsburgh should be able to move the ball at will against a relatively porous Miami defense and Le’Veon Bell could have an absolute field day in his first-ever playoff game.

    Over the course of Bell's last six games, he’s accumulated 835 rushing yards and 256 receiving yards – that’s insane. The Steelers have come up on the winning end more often than not when Bell puts in a quality performance and the Dolphins have one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL. I expect Bell to touch the ball at least 30 times in this game and if he does, the Steelers should win big.

    Sportsbook Odds & Computer Pick

    Those siding with the visitors in this matchup saw the Miami Dolphins listed as 7.5-point underdogs at shops such as Sportsbook. Meanwhile, the over under line for the betting matchup was at 47.5 over at Sportsbook.

    NFL prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark picked a 34-15 result in favor of the Steelers earlier in the week. Watch matchup reports and the picks page for any changes, due to injuries or suspensions this week. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

    Miami Dolphins vs Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup

    Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

    The Pittsburgh Steelers sport a record of 11-5 and 9-6-1 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Miami Dolphins sit at 10-6 and 9-6-1 ATS on the season. The over under totals records are 6-10 for the Steelers and 12-4 for the Dolphins. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Miami injuries news.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers sit at No. 4 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Miami Dolphins are at No. 20 on that chart.

    Statistical Matchup

    Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Steelers No. 10-ranked offense (24.94 PPG) against a Miami Dolphins defense that ranks No. 18 at 23.75 PPG. The Steelers passing attack has averaged 262.31 yards per game, more than the Dolphins give up through the air (242.38 YPG on average).

    Defensively, the Miami Dolphins feature the league's No. 29-rated road run defense, allowing 127.5 yards per game. The Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, ranks No. 24 in rushing offense at home.

    Recent Outings Betting Recap

    Miami didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Patriots as New England blasted them 35-14 in Week 17 action.

    In their last game, the Steelers got 3 passing scores out of Landry Jones en route to a 27-24 win over the Browns on Sunday at Heinz Field.

    Betting Trends
    • Miami is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games
    • Miami is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
    • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games
    • Miami is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    • Pittsburgh is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Pittsburgh's last 20 games
    • Pittsburgh is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

    Next Betting Matchups

    Miami home to , Wednesday, December 31st
    Pittsburgh home to , Wednesday, December 31st

Odds

Sunday, January 8 Sun Jan 8


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
+7.5
-102
+290
o47.5
-105
-7.5
-108
-360
u47.5
-105
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
+11.5
-115
+510
o47
-115
-11.5
-105
-660
u47
-105

Edge Finder

20.06
Total Score
20.22
214.76
Passing Yards
221.06
92.24
Rushing Yards
91.06
30:30
Time on Field
30:00
64.53
Number of Plays
65.50
4.76
Yards Per Play
4.77
20.06
Total Score
20.22
5.47
First Quarter
2.06
4.00
Second Quarter
4.67
3.24
Third Quarter
3.39
7.18
Fourth Quarter
9.78
214.76
Passing Yards
221.06
36.18
Pass Attempts
39.33
23.76
Pass Completions
25.22
2.35
Sacks
2.22
16.76
Sack Yards
14.06
9.04
Yards Per Pass
8.76
92.24
Rushing Yards
91.06
26.00
Rush Attempts
23.94
3.55
Yards Per Rush
3.80
0.82
Interceptions
0.61
1.71
Fumbles
1.17
0.71
Fumbles Lost
0.56
1.53
Total Turnovers
1.17
6.18
Penalties
6.11
48.53
Penalty Yards
48.67
30:30
Time on Field
30:00
64.53
Number of Plays
65.50
4.76
Yards Per Play
4.77
4.59
Punts
4.67
44.74
Punt Average
44.00
40.88
Return Yards
78.50

Head To Head

MIA
Stat Type PIT
4-6
Record
6-4
6-4
ATS
4-6
4-6
O/U
4-6
19.10
Score
17.40
93.60
Rush Yds
120.40
31.10
Pass Attempts
31.40
60.77
Completion %
57.32
191.40
Passing Yds
207.80
285
Total Yds
328.2
1.60
Turnovers
2.10
MIA
Stat Type PIT
2-1
Record
1-2
3-0
ATS
0-3
2-1
O/U
2-1
28.67
Score
22.00
155.67
Rush Yds
90.00
33.67
Pass Attempts
33.67
66.34
Completion %
60.40
229.00
Passing Yds
262.33
384.67
Total Yds
352.33
1.00
Turnovers
1.67
Oct 16/16 (1 of 10)
MIA
Stat Type PIT
Home
Away
30
Score
15
+7.5
ATS
-7.5
49.5 o
O/U
49.5 u
222
Rush Yds
128
32
Pass Attempts
35
75.00
Completion %
54.29
252
Passing Yds
169
474
Total Yds
297
0
Turnovers
2
Dec 8/13 (2 of 10)
MIA
Stat Type PIT
Away
Home
34
Score
28
+3
ATS
-3
40 o
O/U
40 u
181
Rush Yds
84
33
Pass Attempts
39
60.61
Completion %
58.97
186
Passing Yds
328
367
Total Yds
412
1
Turnovers
1
Oct 24/10 (3 of 10)
MIA
Stat Type PIT
Home
Away
22
Score
23
+3
ATS
-3
40.5 o
O/U
40.5 u
64
Rush Yds
58
36
Pass Attempts
27
63.89
Completion %
70.37
249
Passing Yds
290
313
Total Yds
348
2
Turnovers
2
Jan 3/10 (4 of 10)
MIA
Stat Type PIT
Home
Away
24
Score
30
+3
ATS
-3
46 o
O/U
46 u
99
Rush Yds
202
30
Pass Attempts
28
66.67
Completion %
64.29
204
Passing Yds
201
303
Total Yds
403
3
Turnovers
2
Nov 26/07 (5 of 10)
MIA
Stat Type PIT
Away
Home
0
Score
3
+15
ATS
-15
37 o
O/U
37 u
49
Rush Yds
84
24
Pass Attempts
21
58.33
Completion %
85.71
110
Passing Yds
132
159
Total Yds
216
2
Turnovers
1
Sep 7/06 (6 of 10)
MIA
Stat Type PIT
Away
Home
17
Score
28
+1.5
ATS
-1.5
34 o
O/U
34 u
38
Rush Yds
146
37
Pass Attempts
25
48.65
Completion %
60.00
240
Passing Yds
196
278
Total Yds
342
2
Turnovers
1
Sep 26/04 (7 of 10)
MIA
Stat Type PIT
Home
Away
3
Score
13
-2.5
ATS
+2.5
31.5 o
O/U
31.5 u
52
Rush Yds
153
27
Pass Attempts
22
48.15
Completion %
54.55
117
Passing Yds
161
169
Total Yds
314
4
Turnovers
1
Sep 20/98 (8 of 10)
MIA
Stat Type PIT
Home
Away
21
Score
0
-1.5
ATS
+1.5
37 o
O/U
37 u
110
Rush Yds
122
22
Pass Attempts
35
63.64
Completion %
31.43
109
Passing Yds
78
219
Total Yds
200
1
Turnovers
3
Nov 25/96 (9 of 10)
MIA
Stat Type PIT
Home
Away
17
Score
24
-2.5
ATS
+2.5
41.5 o
O/U
41.5 u
75
Rush Yds
142
37
Pass Attempts
29
59.46
Completion %
55.17
237
Passing Yds
242
312
Total Yds
384
1
Turnovers
3
Sep 18/95 (10 of 10)
MIA
Stat Type PIT
Home
Away
23
Score
10
-7.5
ATS
+7.5
39.5 o
O/U
39.5 u
46
Rush Yds
85
33
Pass Attempts
53
63.64
Completion %
54.72
210
Passing Yds
281
256
Total Yds
366
0
Turnovers
5

Team Records

MIA
Record PIT
10-6
All
11-5
6-2
Home
6-2
4-4
Away
5-3
9-6-1
ATS
9-6-1
4-3-1
ATS Home
4-3-1
5-3
ATS Away
5-3
12-4
O/U
6-10
7-1
O/U Home
4-4
5-3
O/U Away
2-6
MIA
Record PIT
7-5
All
9-3
4-2
Home
5-1
3-3
Away
4-2
6-6
ATS
7-4-1
3-3
ATS Home
3-2-1
3-3
ATS Away
4-2
10-2
O/U
4-8
5-1
O/U Home
3-3
5-1
O/U Away
1-5
MIA
Record PIT
4-2
All
5-1
2-1
Home
3-0
2-1
Away
2-1
4-2
ATS
3-2-1
2-1
ATS Home
1-1-1
2-1
ATS Away
2-1
0-0
O/U
0-0
0-0
O/U Home
0-0
0-0
O/U Away
0-0
MIA
Record PIT
8-2
All
7-3
4-1
Home
3-2
4-1
Away
4-1
7-2-1
ATS
5-4-1
3-1-1
ATS Home
1-3-1
4-1
ATS Away
4-1
9-1
O/U
4-6
5-0
O/U Home
3-2
4-1
O/U Away
1-4

Gametime Weather

Weather
1:00pm Overcast
-9ºC / 15ºF
56% Humidity
15% Precipitation
94% Cloud Cover
Wind Impact Stadium Type Open
Field Image
Arrow Image 15
mph

Injuries

NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries
NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries

Last 10 Games

DateOppScoreSULine/TotalATSOFF. RUSHOFF. PASSOFF. TOTALDEF. RUSHDEF. PASSDEF. TOTALTO
Jan 1, 2017NE14-35L+7.5/47L/O752052801202763962
Dec 24, 2016BUF34-31W+4.5/44.5W/O2612334942723175891
Dec 17, 2016NYJ34-13W-2.5/39.5W/O67236303116244360-3
Dec 11, 2016ARI26-23W+2/44W/O83231314175125300-1
Dec 4, 2016BAL6-38L+3.5/41.5L/O622152771103864961
Nov 27, 2016SF31-24W-7/44.5P/O95263358193282475-2
Nov 20, 2016LAR14-10WEvW/U981422401021252270
Nov 13, 2016SD31-24W+4/49W/O10623133770309379-3
Nov 6, 2016NYJ27-23W-3.5/45W/O137137274140192332-2
Oct 23, 2016BUF28-25W+2.5/46W/O256198454672002670
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DateOppScoreSULine/TotalATSOFF. RUSHOFF. PASSOFF. TOTALDEF. RUSHDEF. PASSDEF. TOTALTO
Jan 1, 2017CLE27-24W-3/42P/O69243312231206437-3
Dec 25, 2016BAL31-27W-5.5/46.5L/O1272794061222463681
Dec 18, 2016CIN24-20W-3/45.5W/U9728538276146222-1
Dec 11, 2016BUF27-20W-1.5/45.5W/O240220460672082752
Dec 4, 2016NYG24-14W-6.5/50W/U117272389561782340
Nov 24, 2016IND28-7W-8/50W/U14822136991219310-2
Nov 20, 2016CLE24-9W-8/44.5W/U14616731333176209-2
Nov 13, 2016DAL30-35L-3/50.5L/O48400448127295422-1
Nov 6, 2016BAL14-21L-3/46L/U36241277502242740
Oct 23, 2016NE16-27L+7/49L/U94281375140222362-1
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