National Football League: Week 9- AFC OAK vs. MIA
Oakland Raiders (3-5, 1-3 away) at Miami Dolphins (4-3, 2-1 home)
November 5, 2017- 8:30 PM ET (TV NBC) Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
Two desperate teams will seek to remain relevant in the playoff chase as the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins will clash in a Sunday night primetime matchup on the national stage at Hard Rock Stadium as the betting lines from our best sportsbooks is as follow;
Best Raiders Lines: 5Dimes Spread (-3) ML -155
Best Dolphins Lines: MyBookie Spread (+3) ML +135
Over/Under: SportsBetting 44.0
Both the Raiders (3-5) and Dolphins (4-3) may have been AFC wildcard teams last last season, but this season have looked anything but like contenders as both teams begin the second half of the season.
Expectations were sky-high for Oakland coming in but after falling prey to the hype and dealing with an injury to their franchise quarterback in Derek Carr, the Raiders are now needing to run the table here on out or risk being home come the postseason; something that will prove to be greatly disappointing after feeling they were legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
As a team the Raiders are scoring 21.1 points on 327.9 yards of offense; a number that should be higher with the offensive firepower they have. The defense is allowing 23.8 points per game.
Carr in limited action has thrown for 1,654 yards with 12 touchdowns with six picks. Oakland has dropped five of their last six games and have their backs against the wall in making the playoffs.
For the Dolphins, they are coming off an embarrassing 40-0 blowout defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.
Behind quarterback Jay Cutler, who is a game-time decision, the offense is averaging a paltry 13.1 points on 270.6 yards of offense per contest; numbers that rank dead-last in the NFL.
And with Cutler listed as questionable and the recent trade of leading rusher Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles this past week coupled with a weak offense, it’s no wonder the Dolphins are (+3) point underdogs to Oakland?
Oakland running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch will be in action after serving a one-game suspension… but will he be a factor in this game? For sports betting purposes for our US players, 5Dimes is favoring OAK (-3) points over MIA with an over/under of 44.0 total game points scored from SportsBetting.
With not much confidence in the Dolphin offense, I will favor the Raiders MINUS the points (-3) over Miami for the much-needed win as my best betting pick.