Online NFL Betting Siding with Lowly Ravens over Dolphins?
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Thursday night football returns this week with an online NFL betting matchup between the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have been struggling tremendously after suffering a 44-7 win to the Jacksonville Jaguars overseas. Since that lopsided pummeling, Baltimore has barely been able to pick up a single win, only defeating the Oakland Raiders 30-17 while Derek Carr was out with injury. The Ravens enter this Week 8 matchup riding a 2 game losing streak that keeps putting Baltimore further and further behind in the divisional race. However, despite this string of losses and the relatively bad season the franchise has been having, NFL sportsbooks have still decided to peg them as favorites over the Dolphins. Take a look.
Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens – Thursday, October 26th
When: 6:25 pm ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Stream: CBS Sports, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Lines:
Miami Dolphins +3 (-104) 37 ½ (-110)
Baltimore Ravens -3 (-116) 37 ½ (-110)
The Dolphins swim into this Thursday night football matchup flashing a 4-2 record that ranks them 3rd in the AFC East. That type of record would be good enough to lead the division anywhere else in the NFL. But unfortunately for the Fins, they share a division with the New England Patriots and with Tom Brady playing the way he has been, it’s impossible for them to win the division out from under them. But there’s still plenty of hope for the Dolphins to make the 2017 playoffs via a Wild Card win – unlikely, but still extremely possible. Granted, Miami has to get the job done with Jay Cutler, both this Sunday and later on the year. Cutler is not the type of guy you want to bet money on, but at 4-2 he’s shown that he is more than enough for this Miami team to edge out a win.
Jay Cutler & Co., the Dolphins’ 32nd ranked offense in particular, will have to contend against the NFL’s 13th best defense in terms of points allowed and 18th best total defense. As mentioned, the Fins are last in the NFL in total offense and penultimate in scoring. The team to average fewer points per game than Miami this season? It’s actually not Baltimore but the Ravens do have the NFL’s worst passing attack and second to last total offense. Needless to say, this will be a low scoring game.
The Ravens flock their way into this Week 8 matchup sporting a disappointing 3-4 record that ranks the franchise 2nd in the AFC North. If Baltimore is looking to win the division this season, they’ll have to beat out the 5-2 Pittsburgh Steelers who keep looking better each week. Considering that Baltimore has already lost a game to the Black and Gold, the Ravens cannot afford to lose any more games. Especially not this Thursday night football match against the Dolphins. The betting NFL online odds are siding with Baltimore, but it’s unlikely that fans will. After all, we haven’t really seen anything out of the Ravens this season to convince us otherwise.