Without a single team having a losing record, the AFC North is arguably the toughest division in the NFL this season. The rivalries from this group rage on this week as the Pittsburgh Steelers come off their bye and travel to the Dawg Pound to take on the banged-up Cleveland Browns. Which team will keep pace with the Ravens and the Bengals in the race for the division lead?
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Dolphins vs. Bills Game Information
- When: Sunday, October 31, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
- Where: Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
- TV: CBS
- Radio: 560 WQAM (Dolphins) / WGR 550 (Bills)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Miami Dolphins (+13.5) / Buffalo Bills (-13.5)
Why Bet on the Miami Dolphins?
The Miami Dolphins saw their losing streak stretch to six games in Week 7. However, the last two games show signs of improvement after trailing their opponents by no more than three points.
In their most recent matchup, they outdid the Falcons in total yards, 413 to 397. The side did well to produce 132 rushing yards against their opponents’ 72 yards. That’s something to make them feel good heading into the meeting with Buffalo. The Dolphins average 18.1 points (29th) and 307.6 yards per game.
Defensively, the Dolphins limited their opponents to 30 points or less in the last two weeks. This is an improved version of their performance between Week 3 and Week 5. In those three weeks, they gave up as much as 45 points on the road. The team now averages 29.6 points per game (31st) and 414.9 opponent yards per game (31st). Moreover, they recently improved their statistics to 117.7 opponent rushing yards per game (19th) since taking on the Falcons.
Jerome Baker is on the questionable list this Sunday with a knee injury. It was an injury the right inside linebacker suffered against the Falcons last weekend. Meanwhile, wide receiver DeVante Parker, center Greg Mancz, and free safety Jason McCourty remain out of the lineup due to injury.
Why Bet on the Buffalo Bills?
The Bills are eager to bounce back from their recent loss to the Titans, which broke a four-game winning streak. We expect the team to try and return to their winning ways to get a better hold of the AFC East top spot.
Head coach Sean McDermott hasn’t lost a home game since their opening game loss to the Steelers. The team managed to score 40 points or more in the two home victories and has one of the best offenses in the league. At the time of this writing, the side records 33.8 points per game (2nd) and 411.6 yards per game (6th). Despite losing to the Titans in Week 7, the side still outdid their opponents in total yards, 417 to 362.
We can look forward to a Bills team going aggressive on the rushing play. The Bills record 130.7 rush yards per game record and are currently the seventh-best in the league.
The Bills are no slouch on defense as well. They now lead the league in opponent yards at 270.0 yards per game and the second-best scoring defense at 16.3 points allowed per game. As for defending rushing plays, the team does a good job of limiting opponents to only 89.7 opponent rushing yards per game (6th).
Tight end Dawson Knox will miss a few weeks of football following a right-hand fracture. Tommy Sweeney takes over the position while the starter recovers.
Dolphins vs. Bills Betting Trends
- The Dolphins are 5-5 in their last ten regular-season road games (5-5 ATS).
- The Dolphins scored 20 points or more in their last five games against the Bills.
- The totals have gone over in five of the Dolphins’ last five games against the Bills at the Highmark Stadium.
- The Bills are 8-2 in their last ten home games (7-3 ATS).
- The Bills have been limited to 16 points or less in one of their last five home games.
- The totals have gone under in three of the Bills’ last five games at the Highmark Stadium.
Dolphins vs. Bills Expert Betting Predictions
There’s no question as to why the Bills are the favorites here. With a superior overall record and adequate home performances in recent weeks, there’s no reason for the team to lose in this matchup. However, the spread for the Dolphins is too good to ignore. We might see the team cover the spread by the final whistle following two games close to a victory. Nonetheless, we look forward to this pairing and how the road team handles the pressure.
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