So the Miami Dolphins are home after winning their first two games on the road, while the Denver Broncos are 0-2 after losing their first two games at home. Seems like a mismatch, right? Check out the betting odds and best bet prediction for Sunday’s matchup.
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Broncos vs. Dolphins Betting Lines, Start Time, and More
All odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Spread: Dolphins -6.5
- Moneyline: Broncos (+235); Dolphins (-290)
- Over/Under: 48
- Game time: 1:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Hard Rock Stadium
- Channel: CBS
It seems like it’s asking a lot for the Broncos to try and slow down the league’s No. 1 offense in its own building. But that is the situation facing Denver as it travels to take on Miami in what appears to be one of the most lopsided games, on paper, in Week 3.
Miami is rolling with an offense that leads the league in passing yards (355.0 YPG) total yards (462.0 YPG) and has scored 60 total points in two games. QB Tua Tagovailoa is averaging a league-high 357.5 passing yards per game and has been well-protected, getting sacked just once in two games.
Tyreek Hill has a league-best three touchdown receptions and is averaging almost 16 yards a reception (15.9). And Raheem Mostert is coming off a 121-yard, two-TD effort on the ground last week. Mostert is tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns with three.
Perhaps the biggest dilemma facing this Dolphins offense centers on the health of wideout Jaylen Waddle. The big-play receiver was in concussion protocol for much of this week and was officially listed as questionable in Friday’s injury report. Waddle’s absence could level the playing field in this game, at least a little bit.
So, just how can Denver keep it close? They had to find some solace in the fact that they put nearly 400 yards (399) on a pretty good Commanders defense last week, although 50 of those yards did come on a Hail Mary TD throw on the final play from scrimmage.
Russell Wilson’s numbers say he’s well on his way to erasing the horrible 2022 season. Through two games, Wilson is completing 68% of his throws, with five TD passes and just one interception. His passer rating — 108.5 — is top five in the league so far (fourth) and is miles ahead of last season (84.4, 27th in NFL).
Defensively, Denver followed up a good effort in its season opener vs. the Raiders by getting roughed up through the air and on the ground by the Commanders last week. And if you can’t slow down the Commanders in Denver, can you really be expected to slow down the fastest offense in the league in their home opener?
For the Broncos to keep it close, they will need to keep it a low-scoring game. Even with Waddle’s status in doubt, it’s difficult to see Miami unable to score at least four touchdowns in this matchup. Anything less than a touchdown to give feels like a gift.
Thank you for the gift.
Best Bet: Dolphins -6.5 (-115 at DraftKings SportsBook)