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—spread—— win su ——-over-under
Miami Dolphins +8½ +320 ov 38 4-4 SU, 3-3-2 ATS, 4-5 over/under
Carolina Panthers -8½ -400 un 38 6-3 SU, 5-3-1 ATS, 4-5 over/under
It had to be remarkably frustrating for Adam Gase to lose that game on Sunday Night Football against the Raiders. For the first time this season, the Dolphins offense looked really good.
Miami racked up 6.5 yards per play and Jay Cutler threw for over 300 yards. The Dolphins, even with the Jay Ajayi trade, ran for 4.8 yards per carry on their 18 attempts. But, the Dolphins lost, even while being on the plus side in the turnover department. It was a game that featured 21 penalties combined for 212 yards. That means that Gase still had plenty to rant and rave about. Even with 6.5 yards per play in that game, Miami is still tied with Baltimore for the worst yards per play output this season with just 4.4. Even with Cutler’s huge game, the Dolphins rank 28th in adjusted net yards per pass attempt, though some of that belongs to Matt Moore.
We’ll see if that was a one-off performance for Miami or a sign of things to come. Both Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake were effective out of the backfield catching passes and Cutler finally developed a rapport with tight end Julius Thomas.
All year long, the defense has been the saving grace for the Dolphins., but that wasn’t the case in this last game, as Miami allowed 6.5 yards per play. Jared Cook carved up the Dolphins linebackers, which isn’t as much of a worry this week as it would be if Greg Olsen was playing, but Ed Dickson has had some big plays. The Dolphins finally got burned for giving up a 69.9 % completion rate throughout the season. With that performance, Miami is now in the bottom half of the league with 5.4 yards per play allowed. It’s amazing how fast things can change in the NFL. Now we’ll have to see if the offense can carry the defense if the defense cannot rebound.