Dolphins vs Bills matchup preview and current betting lines
Two AFC East powerhouses will look to prove that they’re actual contenders and no longer bottom feeders when the Miami Dolphins travel to New York’s blistering cold for a date with the Buffalo Bills. Needless to say, this will be quite a complicated matchup.
Mike McDaniel’s team will look to keep their solid season alive in a must-win divisional matchup, as they’re on the verge of clinching a spot in the playoffs. Nonetheless, so are Josh Allen’s Bills, so this will be quite the tough game to predict.
The Bills know how to play in these weather conditions. They don’t have the strongest running game in the league by any means, but they’re used to this. That’s not the case with the Dolphins, who had to bring their heaters to Los Angeles in their game vs. the Rams.
But hostile weather aside, we’re talking about two excellent teams that know each other pretty well, and that have raised sparks in their latest matchups. This will be must-watch television, and you better believe both will take plenty of risks in this game.
Players to watch:
Tyreek Hill: Tyreek Hill continues to take shots at the Kansas City Chiefs for not using him enough. That’s not the case with the Miami Dolphins, and he could be in for another busy afternoon in what figures to be a high-scoring matchup between two powerful and explosive offenses.
Stefon Diggs: On that same note, Stefon Diggs should be heavily involved in the passing game for the Bulls Bills. He’s impossible to cover man-to-man, and the Dolphins’ DBs have struggled to contain explosive playmakers all season long.
Week 15 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on Dolphins vs Bills
The opening Dolphins vs Bills spread has the visitors as seven-point underdogs, which would make sense because of the inclement weather. As we already mentioned, the Dolphins aren’t used to these kinds of conditions and could struggle early in the matchup.
But Tua Tagovailoa has already shrugged off those concerns. He claims that it also snows in Alabama, so it’s nothing new to him. Also, we’re talking about a divisional game between two contenders, so laying seven points could be a lot.
The Bills have struggled against divisional rivals, for the most part, this season. They’ve gotten the win more often than not, but it’s not like they’ve blown their rivals out by any means, so we expect a similar outcome this time around.
The opening Dolphins vs Bills odds have this game total sitting at just 43 points. Once again, this is all due to the weather, as it wouldn’t be shocking to see this game total sitting at the low 50s if it were earlier in the season or at Hard Rock Cafe stadium.
Clearly, oddsmakers expect this to be a turnover-prone matchup in the snow, with both teams being overly cautious and running the football more often than not. But that’s just not how either of these teams is built. It won’t happen.
Even despite the terrible conditions, both Tua Tagovailoa and Josh Allen will look to catch defenses off guard and sling the football down the field every time they see an opening. They have more than enough playmakers on both ends of the field.
So, even though this may not be the shootout we would’ve loved to see in September or October, we’re still sitting at a reasonable total of 43 points. Six combined touchdowns and a field goal seems feasible for two high-octane offenses looking to win at all costs.