I doubt that either the Miami Dolphins or Tennessee Titans will be very good this season but the winner of Thursday’s game between the two in South Florida will finish the exhibition schedule with a 3-1 record. It’s Miami’s first game in its refurbished Hard Rock Stadium and it’s favored on NFL odds.
Here’s a Closer Look at the Tennessee at Miami Preseason Week 4 Odds, Free Pick & TV Info
“We’ve got good chemistry, and it shows out there.”
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 29, 2016
Tennessee vs Miami Historic Betting Series
The Dolphins and Titans have not met in the preseason since 1989 when the two franchises played a preseason game in Jacksonville — that city didn’t have an NFL team back then. The clubs played in Week 6 of the 2015 regular season and Miami won 38-10 in Nashville — that was the Dolphins’ first game after firing head coach Joe Philbin. Dan Campbell was the interim coach then but the team hired Adam Gase to take over this offseason. Cameron Wake had four sacks and two forced fumbles in the win. Miami sacked Titans QB Marcus Mariota six times and picked him off twice. The Dolphins outgained Tennessee 434-299.
Why Bet on Tennessee?
The Titan come off a 27-14 win in Oakland last Saturday. Mariota led Tennessee to scores on all four drives he played. He finished 9 for 16 for 170 yards. Rookie Derrick Henry rushed for 49 yards and a TD on 12 carries. Andre Johnson hauled in 3-of- 4 targets for 65 yards. Johnson saw plenty of work with the first-team offense, recording all three of his catches on the second possession. After tight end Delanie Walker left the game due to “not feeling right,” coach Mike Mularkey assured that Walker is “fine.” Walker exited in the first quarter due to a “loss of breath.”
One of Tennessee’s jobs has been claimed as Quinton Spain won the left guard starting gig. Spain has lined up as the starter for the vast majority of first-team practice and game snaps. He yielded early in the games only to be available to work as the second-team left tackle later. Mularkey says he expects his starters to play only a series in this game.
The Titans on Sunday began making roster cuts ahead of the NFL’s deadline. A total of 12 players were waived: safety Lamarcus Brutus, lineman Will Campbell, receiver Donte Foster, linebacker Amarlo Herrera, receiver Reece Horn, linebacker Deiontrez Mount, cornerback Tyler Patmon, defensive lineman Ropati Pitoitua, guard Nick Ritcher, defensive end Mike Smith and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson. The Titans also waived/injured center Andy Gallik. No real surprises there. NFL teams must be down to 75 players by Tuesday.
Why Bet on Miami?
The Dolphins played Atlanta in Orlando last Thursday and won 17-6. Arian Foster, trying to beat out Jay Ajayi for the top running back job, rushed for a 2-yard touchdown. The Dolphins are taking a cautious approach with Foster, who hasn’t played a full season since 2012 with Houston. Thus he played just one series vs. the Falcons. Ryan Tannehill completed 20 of 29 passes for 155 yards while leading the Dolphins to a score in one of two red zone opportunities.
Dolphins rookies will play their first game at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday, but it will be sort of a homecoming for wide receiver Rashawn Scott as he played at the University of Miami. Scott had some big games at Hard Rock Stadium during his UM career, including three of his four career 100-yard receiving games. Six of his eight college touchdowns also came at Hard Rock Stadium.
Quarterback Matt Moore missed his fourth consecutive practice because of a concussion Sunday, but Gase said Moore was on track to be ready for the regular season opener at Seattle. That means he won’t play here. Moore was injured in the preseason game at Dallas on Aug. 19. Linebacker Jelani Jenkins missed practice Sunday after sustaining a knee injury vs. Atlanta and he’ s week to week.
Two Dolphins rookies will play in their first preseason game here in second-round cornerback Xavien Howard and third-round running back Kenyan Drake. Both guys missed most of training camp due to injury. Howard had his knee scoped this summer and missed all of camp. Drake tweaked his hamstring early in camp and recently returned to practice.
Historic Betting Trends
Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Miami.
Underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
My Free Pick
Go Dolphins at home on NFL lines and the under.