Both teams will be trying to bounce back from a bad loss when the Oakland Raiders visit the Miami Dolphins in Week 9. Kickoff is at 8:30 EST on Sunday, November 5 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The game can be seen nationally on NBC.
Oddsmakers view the Raiders as 2.5-point favorites on the road. The over/under for the game is 44 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 9 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Raiders vs Dolphins Vegas Game Preview & Betting Odds
After starting the season 2-0, the Raiders have now dropped five of their last six games to fall to 3-5. Following a comeback win against the Chiefs a couple weeks ago, the Raiders appeared to be back on track, especially with Derek Carr returning from injury. But Oakland laid an egg last week in Buffalo and now have to travel to the east coast for the second straight week.
The Dolphins were also dreadful in their last game. Miami entered a Thursday night game in Baltimore on the heels of a three-game winning streak, only to lose 40-0. After Matt Moore started against the Ravens, Jay Cutler is expected to return this week to face the Raiders. Of course, Cutler has been up and down all season. Miami also traded Jay Ajayi mid-week, giving their running game a completely different look this week.
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Under
This game is essentially a toss-up. Based on how both teams looked last week, I’m not sure either team matches up favorably against the other. But I do think this game will be low-scoring, so I’ll lean toward the under rather than pick against the spread.
The Dolphins are the lowest scoring team in the NFL. They are averaging 13 points per game and have been shutout twice this season, which is the same number of times that they’ve reached 20 points in a game. Cutler returning doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that things will get better.
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The sudden absence of Ajayi doesn’t bode well for Miami offensively. Backup running backs Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake only have 22 carries combined this season. Neither is used to getting the ball and neither has done much with their limited carries this year. Even against a below-average Oakland defense, I don’t see the Dolphins doing much offensively.
At the same time, Miami’s defense has played great for most of the year. Even when the Dolphins gave up 40 points last week, the Miami defense only gave up two touchdowns and two long field goals, as Baltimore’s defense did the rest of the scoring. With the Raiders struggling on offense in recent weeks, even after Carr returned from injury, this matchup favors the Miami defense.
Since Week 2, the Raiders have exceeded 20 points on just one occasion. Carr has posted big numbers the past two weeks, but the Raiders still have problems on that side of the ball. The Oakland offensive line has struggled all season, preventing the Raiders from generating much of a running game. That has put too much on Carr’s shoulders and made it tough for the Raiders to score points consistently.
Only once this season has a game involving the Dolphins exceeded this game’s over/under of 44 points. The Dolphins only play low-scoring games, and the Raiders aren’t good enough offensively to change that. I feel quite comfortable taking the under in this game.