Bet NFL Online as Dolphins Look to ‘Texas Two-Step’ All Over Houston!
They may be playing in South Beach, but the Miami Dolphins will look to ‘Texas two-step’ all over the Houston Texans when the AFC playoff hopefuls square off in their Week 7 showdown live form Sun Life Stadium on Sunday. So before you decide to bet on NFL online, let’s find out if the Fins will bring home the bacon as slight home favorites.
Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 25, 2015
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
NFL Odds: Miami -4
1. Play Physical 2. Create Balance 3. Shut Down Hopkins 4. Get Heat On Hoyer 5. Limit Houston’s Star Power https://t.co/ckhghknwOn
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) October 24, 2015
Miami Dolphins (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS)
Miami won its first game under interim head coach Dan Campbell and snapped a three-game skid in Week 6 by beating the snot out of the rebuilding Tennessee Titans in their resounding 38-10 win as a 2.5-point road underdog no less.
The change from former coach Joe Philbin to Campbell was immediately noticeable as Miami played ‘harder’ than they have all season. The Dolphins dominated on both sides of the ball and played with a sense of urgency that hadn’t been seen in South Beach is ages.
“The challenge now is for these guys to not start patting themselves on the back,” Campbell said. “We’ve been notorious for that around here. We get a big win, and then a lull the next week.”
Veteran running back Lamar Miller rushed for 113 yards in the win as Miami’s 32nd-ranked rushing attack outgained Tennessee 180-63 on the ground.
“Those guys bought in,” Campbell said. “They believed in what we were telling them. They know now that we have to go after each other in practice.”
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 22 of 29 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
“I’m that high on what we have here,” said Campbell, who spent the previous five seasons as an intern and tight ends coach with Miami. “We have the right balance of impact players and lunch-pail workers.
Houston Texans (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS)
Houston man-handled Jacksonville in its 31-20 Week 6 win to cash in as a 2.5-point underdog as veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer did well in his second consecutive start over Ryan Mallett. Hoyer completed 24 of 36 passes for 293 yards with three TDs and no interceptions.
“He’s our quarterback,” head coach Bill O’Brien said about Hoyer. “We’re going to stick with him. He’s playing really well. He’s playing at a high level, and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him.”
“Consistency is the word, you have to try to do it again,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “Hey, understand what’s at stake and they know, like I’ve said, now it is 10 one-game seasons, so now it’s on to the next season, which is Miami. (The Dolphins are) a different team.”
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins leads the NFL in receiving yards (726) and is second in receptions (52). Hopkins has averaged 10 catches and 158 yards in the last three games, and scored two touchdowns on Sunday.
“They are definitely clicking, man,” tackle Duane Brown said. “Hoyer has done a great job not just with DeAndre, but with all of the receivers, the tight ends, the backs being able to click and get on the same page and get in sync. The connection they have is unbelievable.”
Game Analysis: The Miami Dolphins may or may not be a playoff caliber team (I don’t think so) but they’re easily the right pick to win this Week 7 matchup against a Houston Texans team whose quarterback situation is even murkier than their own.
- The Dolphins are fairly desperate and have a huge incentive as they try to even their record at 3-3 despite their well-documented early troubles got former head coach Joe Philbin fired two weeks ago.
- 55 percent of the betting public likes Miami to cover the spread and I can see that happening with Miami showing completely new life in last week’s resounding win over Tennessee.
- While veteran Brian Hoyer is clearly a journeyman backup at this point of his career, the jury is still out on Ryan Mallett in my opinion, but to be honest about it, I’m not overly impressed with the Texans signal-caller.
- I know the Dolphins are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall and a discouraging 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against their AFC counterparts, but Houston hasn’t been any better when it comes to covering the spread in recent times.
- The Texans are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and just 1-4-1 ATS in their last half-dozen games following an SU win.
I say play the lesser of two evils in this contest. Back the Miami Dolphins to continue their improved play under new head coach Dan Campbell and get the much-needed SU and ATS victories.
My Pick: Miami 27 Houston 21