After narrowly squeaking past their week 14 opponents last weekend, the banged-up Buffalo Bills will look to avoid a costly home loss against Jay Cutler and the desperate Miami Dolphins in a Week 15 AFC East divisional showdown that both teams want to win to keep their slim postseason hopes alive. Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best value when this game goes down on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York with this matchup airing live on CBS, but keep in mind the NFL betting odds are on hold waiting for Tyrod Taylor health final status.
Miami Dolphins (6-7) at Buffalo Bills (7-6) NFL Betting Preview & Expert Pick
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) 13 de diciembre de 2017
- When: Sunday, December 17, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
- Where: New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York
- TV: CBS
- Radio: 1590 AM (Miami) / 550 AM (Buffalo)
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Betting Odds: TBA
- Partly Cloudy: 2°C/36°F
- Humidity: 79%
- Precipitation: 13%
- Cloud Cover: 55%
- Wind: 8 mph S
- Stadium Type: Open
Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)
- Record: Buffalo Bills lead 6-4
- Score: Miami Dolphins 18.40 / Buffalo Bills 23.90
- Rush Yards: Miami Dolphins 130.60 / Buffalo Bills 149.00
- Pass Attempts: Miami Dolphins 34.70 / Buffalo Bills 29.20
- Completion Percentage: Miami Dolphins 57.64 / Buffalo Bills 62.67
- Passing Yards: Miami Dolphins 193.10 / Buffalo Bills 208.60
- Total Yards: Miami Dolphins 323.7 / Buffalo Bills 357.6
- Turnovers: Miami Dolphins 1.70 / Buffalo Bills 0.60
Why Bet on the Miami Dolphins?
Why bet on Miami in this Week 15 matchup? Because the Fins just pulled off a huge upset and desperately want to keep their playoff hopes alive for another week!
After smacking around the listless Broncos around in their emphatic 35-9 Week 13 win, Cutler and the Dolphins pulled off an immense upset by overpowering Tom Brady and the Patriots in their shocking 27-20 Week 14 win on Monday night. Jay Cutler threw three TD passes and the Dolphins picked off Brady twice while limiting the future Hall of Famer to just one TD pass.
“We gave them a taste of their own medicine,” Dolphins Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry said. “We found ways to make plays. to show our will is stronger than yours.”
“That’s what this team is: resilient,” said Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake after rushing for a game-high 114 yards. “Just because everybody else probably counted us out, we as a unit, as a team, as an organization, we always stick together and we’re going to continue to stick together.”
Why Bet on the Buffalo Bills?
The Bills narrowly beat Indianapolis 13-7 in overtime last weekend as rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman made his second career start after his disastrous NFL debut against the Chargers in Week 11. Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott took the ball out of Peterman’s hands on a snowy day by giving the ball to Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy early and often as he rushed for 158 yards on a career-high 32 carries to top 1,000 yards for the season.
The snow reduced visibility early in the game so that players could not see from one end of the field to the other. There even was even “thundersnow” reported by meteorologists in the area.
“We kept saying it was like we were on a beach [in the sand],” wide receiver Deonte Thompson said. “The snow was so high so every time we stepped in it we would sink so it was tough to run a route.
“Twenty-some years around the NFL, I really haven’t [seen anything like it],” Bills first-year coach Sean McDermott said. “I think we had all but sun today. We had some lightning, some thunder and a lot of snow and wind.”
Peterman left the game in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion while veteran Joe Webb finished up by completing 2 of 6 passes for 35 yards and adding 27 rushing yards. Now, with Peterman and starter, Tyrod Taylor both questionable, it looks like Webb could get the start in this contest, although I don’t think it will matter much who starts for the Bills.
“We’ll see,” Webb said after the game. “We’ll see what’s going on with Tyrod and Nate. I will always be ready if my number’s called.”
Latest NFL Betting Trends for Week 15
- Dolphins are 2-4-2 ATS in their last 8 games
- Dolphins are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Miami’s last 8 games
- Bills are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
- Bills are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of Buffalo’s last 15 games at home
Expert Analysis and NFL Betting Prediction
Miami will have some serious hope and plenty of motivation after beating New England on Monday night. I know Jay Cutler is a career underachiever and has been mediocre at best this season, but in this Week 15 divisional contest, he’ll be the best quarterback on the field. Outside of Buffalo’s McCoy, Miami also has the big edge in talent at the skill positions with wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills being far better than anyone on Buffalo’s roster.
Believe it or not, the Dolphins are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in December and the Bills are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against their AFC East counterparts. Miami’s desperation – and no Tyrod Taylor for the Bills – means Miami will win by a touchdown!
Pick: Miami Dolphins 24 – Buffalo Bills 17