Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins Betting Predictions

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Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins Betting Predictions

The Miami Dolphins have had plenty of rest since beating Jacksonville last Thursday, and they’ll need every second of that to prepare for the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson has lit up the NFL through three weeks and the Seahawks are humming on offense to claim a 3-0 record. Miami doesn’t have much hope of slowing down the Seahawks, so now it will need to be able to score with them, and that seems just as unlikely.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins Betting Odds

Russell Wilson has been nothing short of magnificent for the Seahawks through three weeks, setting an NFL record with 14 touchdowns through three games. He’s operating at an elite level in all facets with the fifth-most passing yards in the league on just the 20th most attempts. The issue with Seattle at the moment is their defense has allowed the most yards in the league and has been carved up by quarterbacks through the air. The Seahawks’ four interceptions are the second most in the league, but it’s a disturbing trend that must be corrected quickly. Miami’s offense is a perfect chance for the Seahawks to correct those mistakes heading into the middle of the season.

The Dolphins are a mess on offense, but they did more than enough last week in steamrolling the Jaguars. This will be a step up for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will face more pressure from the Seahawks than he did last week and also has to throw against a better secondary. It would help if Miami could get its running game going, but this feels like another game Fitzpatrick is going to have to win with his arm. Meanwhile, the Dolphins defense will need to bolster its coverage to help put a lid on Wilson’s success. I’m not sure Miami can stop Wilson from carving them up, but the Dolphins can force Wilson to keep it short and not let him throw it deep as to prolong drives and limit the number of times he has the ball in the game.

The Seahawks have scored at least 35 points in each of their first two games, so to set the over/under at 31 points against this Miami defense makes it easy to bet the over. The New Jersey online sports betting sites did us a slight favor by making that wager -106 odds, which is better than I was anticipating given how low the total was set. What is interesting is trying to figure out how to bet the overall total for this game because the 54 points on the line seems fair. Miami has the weakest offense Seattle has faced this season, so the nearly 30 points per game the Seahawks allow isn’t as big of a factor. I’ll still push my luck a bit with these NFL betting predictions and take the over 56.5 points total for +105 odds to give myself some extra value.

Seahawks to win

Seattle is only 6.5-point favorites on the road in Miami, but this game will likely be more of a blowout. The Dolphins have one of the riskiest quarterbacks in the league with Ryan Fitzpatrick, which will play into the hands of an opportunistic Seattle defense. The Dolphins’ secondary is banged up beyond belief and Wilson has been so accurate in picking apart defenses that this feels like a major advantage for Seattle. I’m going to stretch the spread by an extra four points at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey and take Seattle laying 10.5 points on the road at +150 odds to beat the Dolphins.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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