Don’t look now, but the Miami Dolphins are making loud noises with a winning streak few believe the team could pull prior to the season. But here we are, watching the Dolphins improve steadily as the season goes deeper. Will the Fins keep it going in Week 9 against the also-streaking Arizona Cardinals?
Betting Preview for the Miami Dolphins vs Arizona Cardinals Regular Season Week 9 Game on November 8, 2020
Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale
When: Sunday, November 8, 2020, 4:25 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Miami Dolphins (+4)
Regular Season Record: 4-3
The attention is so much turned to rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa that it’s easy to forget how great Miami’s defense has been this season. Despite Tagovailoa struggling in his first start in the NFL in Week 9, the Dolphins’ stop unit got his back and made several key stops to lead the team to a 28-17 win at home. And just like that, the Dolphins are on a three-game win streak. Tagovailoa passed for only 93 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-22 completions against the Rams. It wasn’t an ideal start, but the former Alabama Crimson Tide star should only get better moving forward. There’s more pressure on Miami’s passing attack now, with running back Myles Gaskin out for at least three games due to a sprained MCL, though the Fins still have Jordan Howard, Matt Breida, and Patrick Laird. Still, the Dolphins’ calling card to success as of the moment will mainly be their defense that is No. 1 in the NFL with just 18.6 points allowed per game. They are also second with an opponents’ third-down conversion rate of just 33.33 percent. That will play a big role against Arizona, who’s got the best total offense in the league, one that generates 419.1 total yards per contest.
The Dolphins are 3-1 against the spread in their last four road games.
Betting on the Arizona Cardinals (-4)
Regular Season Record: 5-2
Like the Dolphins, Arizona is on a three-game win streak, as it entered its bye in Week 8 off a sensational come-from-behind 37-34 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks at home in Week 7. It’s not just any other win for the Cardinals. It was one that showed Kyler Murray and company can go toe to toe against top-tier teams like Seattle. Murray passed for 360 yards and three touchdowns with just an interception on 34-of-48 completions. He also paced his team with 67 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Murray’s ability to move in the pocket and ad-lib plays will make it harder for Miami’s pass rush to get to him. It’s possible that the Cardinals’ offense will get back a healthy Kenyan Drake in Week 9, though the running back is currently considered day-to-day by head coach Kliff Kingsbury. In any case, the Cardinals still have one of the best backup running backs in the league in Chase Edmonds, who can look forward to piercing Miami’s defense that is allowing 125.1 rushing yards per game.
The Cardinals are 3-1 against the spread in their last four games at home.
The Cardinals win 23-20.
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