Miami Dolphins (1-1; 1-1 ATS; 2-0 O/U) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1; 1-1 ATS: 0-2 O/U)
NFL Preseason: Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 7:00pm EST
Line: Philadelphia -3.5
The Philadelphia Eagles will clash with the Miami Dolphins in week three preseason action Thursday evening from Lincoln Financial Field. The Dolphins struggled in a 31-7 loss to the Ravens last week, and the Eagles came away with a solid 20-16 home win over the Bills in their latest action.
Cutler Makes Dolphins Debut in Loss to Ravens
The Miami Dolphins were sloppy on both sides of the ball in their 31-7 loss last week. The good news was Jay Cutler saw his first action in a Dolphins uniform and completed three of six passes for 24 yards, and he had one deep pass completion nullified due to a holding penalty. The 34-year old quarterback came out of retirement to join the Dolphins after Ryan Tannehill suffered an unfortunate season-ending injury. Cutler recorded 1059 passing yards with a 4:5 TD to INT ratio in five games with the Bears last season. Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore did not do much with his limited action, throwing for 11 yards on three passes, after only attempting one pass in the first preseason contest. Jay Ajayi only saw two carries and actually loss two yards on his two rushes. It will be very important for Ajayi to stay healthy as he will be needed in a big way this season, especially with Tannehil out. DaVante Parker made one catch for 16 yards and was targeted four times by Cutler. Parker showed strong improvement last season, bringing in 744 receiving yards, and the Dolphins are expecting a big year from the 24-year old wide receiver.
The Dolphins scored an average of 22.7 points per game last year, ranking them 17th overall. The Miami defense allowed an average of 23.8 points per game in 2016, placing them 18th in the NFL.
Eagles Defense Shines in Win Over Bills
The Philadelphia Eagles defense led the way in their 20-16 week two preseason win over the Bills last Thursday night. Carson Wentz converted on six of nine passes for 56 yards with no TD’s or interceptions. The 24-year old quarterback had a great rookie season in 2016 and is expected to take a nice leap forward this year in a season filled with promise. Matt McGloin saw a majority of action at quarterback and recorded 131 passing yards with no TD’s and one interception. Eagles backup QB Nick Foles was out of the lineup and is questionable for this contest. The Eagles just send Jordan Matthews to the Bills earlier last week in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby who made an interception and swatted away two passes in his Eagles debut. The 23-year old cornerback did not make an interception last season, and deflected 12 passes. Alshon Jeffrey made a strong impression in his Eagles debut, making two catches for 23 yards. The veteran wide receiver accumulated 821 receiving yards in 12 games with the Bears last season. The Eagles defense was sharp last week, making three interceptions and six sacks.
Last season, the Eagles averaged 22.9 points per game, ranking them 16th in the NFL. The Eagles defense was solid last year, allowing an average of 20.7 points per game, ranking them 12th overall.
The Miami Dolphins are:
- No Key Trends
The Philadelphia Eagles are:
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass.
I am siding with the Eagles in this contest. The Dolphins looked terrible last week as they mustered only 120 total yards, and while I do expect Jay Cuter to see more action, I do not like their depth with their second and third stringer QB’s. Furthermore, the Eagles were outstanding last week, and they were able to score 20 points with their third string QB seeing a good portion of the action. The Eagles are now 5-1 in their six preseason games under head coach Doug Pederson, and I am confident they can take this one at home.
Pick: Philadelphia Eagles
Jay Culter and the Dolphins are still getting their offense in sync as they were awful last week, and the Eagles defense was solid in their win over the Bills. The Dolphins do not have strong depth at quarterback, and the Eagles made three interceptions last week, plus the under is 8-0-1 in the Dolphins last 9 Thursday games. The Eagles have only scored a combined 29 points in their two preseason games, so I think this will be a lower scoring game, and the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams.