The answer to the question literally no one asked for will be answered today as the Falcons, coming off of their bye week after a win in London, travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins who did not have a bye week after losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London last week. Will the week’s rest pay off or can Miami defy the odds and get their first win since Week 1?
The Dolphins lost to a last second FG in London, that loss was their fifth in a row leaving what was supposed to be a successful season already hanging by the thinnest of threads. Miami’s inability to run the ball well has made their offense one-dimensional, and a pass-first team with a bad O-Line and a QB who’s still maturing isn’t the path to NFL success. Neither is a pass defense that is bottom 4 in passing yards allowed, and with three starting Cornerbacks, including Xavien Howard, listed as questionable to suit up against an Atlanta team who rank inside the top-12 for passing yards per game I doubt this is the week that pass defense wakes up.
Atlanta are sitting at 2-3 and will be confident of getting themselves to .500 coming out of their bye. Pitts & Patterson have been the successes of the Falcons offense to this point with Cordarrelle Patterson shining in his hybrid RB / WR role scoring 5 TDs already and posting 4 straight games with over 55 receiving yards. Kyle Pitts on the other hand has only scored 1 TD on the year, but that came in his breakout game against the Jets in London. Pitts caught 9 of 10 targets for 119 yards and a TD in that Week 5 London game, and although that was his breakout, it marked his third 50+ receiving yard outing in his last four games.
Spread: Dolphins +2.0
Total Match Points line: U/O 47.5
Game Prediction: Falcons 24-23 Dolphins
Best Bet: Cordarrelle Patterson over 39.5 Receiving Yards & Kyle Pitts over 48.5 Receiving Yards @ 11/4 with Bet365 Bet Builder. [0.5]