Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#263 Miami Dolphins vs.
#264 Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 1:00pm EDT
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Written by The Admiral

Miami Dolphins (1-0) vs. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season goes on Sunday, September 18, with the AFC showdown from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, so we bring you the best Dolphins vs. Ravens betting pick and odds.   

Miami meets Baltimore for the second straight season. The Dolphins beat the Ravens 22-10 as 8.5-point home underdogs in 2022 to snap their three-game skid against Baltimore. Miami is a 3.5-point road dog this time around, while the Ravens are listed as -178 moneyline favorites with a total of 44.5 points.

The Dolphins beat the Pats on the back of their defense

The Miami Dolphins started their 2022 campaign on a high note, defeating the New England Patriots 20-7 as 3-point home favorites. The Phins outgained the Pats 307-271 in total yards and forced three turnovers, as Miami’s defense made a statement with excellent performance. They had a 17-0 lead at halftime and didn’t break too much sweat to finish the job. 

"I told the team last night: ‘This is still the defense's team until proven otherwise,'" Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said. "And they valued that. That was important to them when they heard that. They wanted to prove me right, and they sure did." 

In his debut as a head coach, McDaniel watched Tyreek Hill posts eight catches for 94 yards in his Dolphins debut. Jaylen Waddle had four receptions for 69 yards and a TD, while Chase Edmonds added four catches for 40 yards. Edmonds also ran 12 times for 25 yards, and the Dolphins struggled to move the ball on the ground, tallying just 65 yards on 23 carries (2.3 yards per rush). 

Tua Tagovailoa played well against the Patriots and finished the game 23-of-33 for 270 yards and a TD. Still, the Phins went 0-for-2 in the red zone. Their defense did a great job, holding the Patriots’ ground game to 78 yards on 22 carries (3.5 yards per rush). Miami has slight injury worries ahead of Week 2 matchup with the Ravens, as three offensive tackles were limited in Wednesday’s practice, and Austin Jackson sat out with an ankle injury.

The Ravens cruised past the Jets

The Baltimore Ravens had an easy job in Week 1 despite racking up just 63 rushing yards on 21 totes. Lamar Jackson went 17-of-30 for 213 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Devin Duvernay posted four receptions for 54 yards and a couple of scores, while Rashod Bateman added a pair of catches for 59 yards and a TD. 

"He played a patient, veteran quarterback game," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "He was in control of everything." 

Jackson ran six times for 17 yards, and Kenyan Drake tallied 11 totes for 31 yards. The Ravens accounted for 274 total yards and yielded 380 in a return, but they also allowed the Jets to convert just two of their 14 third downs. Baltimore picked off Joe Flacco once and forced a fumble to win the turnover battle 2-1. 

The Ravens hope to get back running back JK Dobbins in Week 2. The second-round pick from the 2020 NFL Draft was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice after missing the entire 2021 season with a knee injury. CB Marcus Peters (knee), OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle), and FB Patrick Ricard (calf) are all listed as questionable for Sunday’s clash against the Dolphins.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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The Ravens lost two starters due to season-ending injuries in Week 1. CB Kyle Fuller tore his left ACL, while left tackle Ja’Wuan James suffered an Achilles injury. If Marcus Peters remains sidelined, the Ravens would miss both starting cornerbacks, so they’ll struggle to slow down Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. 

Hereof, I’m backing the Dolphins to keep it close and cover a 3.5-point spread. Miami’s defense looks ready for the challenge, as we should see a back-and-forth battle between a couple of legitimate playoff contenders. The Ravens will run more than they did in Week 1, but their defense will be in big trouble against the Dolphins’ passing attack. Also, the Phins know they have to stuff the box and keep Lamar Jackson in check. Last year, they held Lamar to 39 rushing yards and sacked him four times.

Prediction: Miami Dolphins +3.5 (-110)

Full-Game Total Pick

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I’m looking for Miami’s passing offense to make the difference, but the Phins’ ground game is a big problem. The visitors won’t move the ball frequently with a one-dimensional attack, while their defensive unit will contain the Raves if it replicates Week 1 performance against New England. 

The under is 8-3 in Miami’s last 11 games overall, and it is 4-1 in the Dolphins’ previous five showings on the road. On the other side, seven of Baltimore’s last ten contests have gone under the total. Furthermore, only one of the last six encounters between Miami and Baltimore has produced more than 44 points in total.

Prediction: Go under 44.5 points (-110)

Written By Admir Aljic , "The Admiral"

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