Dolphins vs. Lions NFL week 8 odds, preview and current betting lines
All games obviously carry importance but that’s especially true here as the Dolphins and the Lions do battle with the aim of getting their seasons motoring. The Dolphins arrive in much better shape than the Lions do but a recent run of three straight defeats has really took the wheels off their impressive start to the season. They stopped that rot last week with a win over the Steelers but, even so, they are trailing the Jets in the AFC East meaning a win is very much needed.
As for the Lions, they are in real desperate need of a win having only chalked up the one victory to date. Not only have they lost games but their solitary win came back in week three meaning they’re on a four game losing streak no, which will have their morale on the floor. A win here would breathe life back into their season but that will need two big things to happen. Jared Goff needs to step up and put in a good performance whilst their defence will need to bring their A game to keep Dolphins man Tua Tagovailoa under wraps.
One thing is for sure though, this game should be an entertaining game of football regardless of recent form.
Players to watch in the Dolphins vs. Lions game
Tua Tagovailoa: It feels like the lazy choice to throw Tua Tagovailoa’s name here but he is unquestionably the Dolphins’ key man. They’ve really struggled without him in the team and, it’s no coincidence that his return last week saw them get back to winning ways. Can he inspire them to another ‘W’ here?
Jared Goff: For the Lions, it’s Jared Goff who will have their performance put under the microscope. Goff has thrown at least one interception in all but one of his games this season whilst the last two games have seen him fail to record a single touchdown whilst his ratings in those games have been poor. He needs to step up here.
Our NFL bet of the week for the Dolphins vs. Lions match
Right, with the preview over let’s move on to our predictions, after all, that’s the main reason you’re here.
Dolphins vs. Lions Spread betting: Dolphins -2.5 @ -150
Our first prediction for this Dolphins vs Lions face off comes from the points spread market and we’re backing the Dolphins to come out on top even with a -2.5 spread applied. The Dolphins have been struggling for form recently with three losses in their last four matches, however, they’ve won four games so far this season with three of those wins coming by more than 2.5 points. Included in those four wins was last weeks match up with the Steelers – the Dolphins won that game by six points – which happened to see the return to action of Tua Tagovailoa, who strengthens their side considerably. We obviously need to factor in how the Lions have been performing as well; they’ve lost each of their last four games with their closest match seeing them lose out by three points. With that considered, we think the -150 on offer is a decent value bet.
Dolphins vs. Lions odds: Tua Tagovailoa under 273.5 passing yards @ -118
With our second prediction, we turn our attention to the player props and with Tua Tagovailoa back in the swing of things we, of course, have to focus on the Dolphins star man. Despite his importance to the Miami side, we are backing him to throw under 273.5 passing yards. Tagovailoa has only posted yardage north of that 273.5 threshold once this season in five appearances with none of his last three hitting that level. On top of that, you’ve got the Lions form to consider. They’ve only allowed one of the last four quarterbacks they’ve faced throw more than 273.5 yards.
Dolphins vs. Lions: Pre-game FAQ
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