Atlanta at Miami Preseason Week 3 Betting Pick

Posted by Aaron . on August 23, 2016 in

Despite the fact that the Atlanta Falcons are 2-0 in the preseason while the Miami Dolphins took a big whipping from Dallas in Week 2, the NFL odds for this game have the Dolphins as slight favorites. Given the fact that Week 3 is the time when the starters get their biggest action before the regular season, this is a bit of a surprise, given the fact that the Dolphins didn’t have much of an answer for the Dallas offense in Game 2, and they only had the starters in for a few series. Atlanta has a talented offense as well, which could give the Dolphins some real problems.

Closer Look at the Atlanta at Miami Preseason Week 3 Betting Pick

When: Thursday, Aug. 25, 8 PM ET
Where: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando
TV: NBC
Stream: NFL.com
Radio: Atlanta / Miami
Opening NFL Lines: Dolphins -2.5 (43.5

Why should you bet on Atlanta?

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones should give the Miami passing defense fits throughout the first half — and perhaps longer. On the other side of the all, Desmond Trufant has emerged as a real shutdown corner and could end up with a Ryan Tannehill pass or two in his hands as he races back the other way. The Falcons have a better passing defense than the one Dallas put out there last week, and as Dan Quinn enters Year 2 in Atlanta, he will make an even greater mark on the defense.

Why should you put your money on the Dolphins?

The Miami Dolphins moved the ball much more effectively against Dallas than they did in their preseason opener or during the regular season last year. Ryan Tannehill threw for a pair of scores and saw a third TD pass get dropped. When he was outside the pocket, he moved well and threw accurately. Wide receiver Kenny Stills caught both of those touchdowns and seems ready to take an expanded role in the offense. The Dolphins did struggle against the run and missed way too many tackles, but that’s an area that can be easily fixed with some extra effort.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like what the Dolphins are starting to do on both sides of the ball, but I think they’re still too far behind the Falcons to win what should be a dress rehearsal for both teams. I’m predicting that Atlanta will win, 24-17.