Sunday’s Miami Dolphins vs. Las Vegas Raiders game features two teams who had dramatically different experiences last week. The Raiders went on the road to knock off the Steelers to improve to 2-0. The Dolphins, on the other hand, saw quarterback Tua Tagovailoa get knocked out of the game en route to an embarrassing 35-0 loss at the hands of the division rival Buffalo Bills. So, let’s take a look at the current NFL odds, the TV channel, and how to live stream this Week 3 game, as well as a Dolphins vs. Raiders prediction.
Miami Dolphins vs. Las Vegas Raiders prediction and odds for Week 3
Odds from DraftKings sportsbook.
- Spread: Raiders -3.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Raiders -180, Dolphins +155
- Over/Under: 45 (Over -110, Under -110)
The Dolphins enter this matchup 1-1 against the spread in 2021, while the Raiders are unbeaten straight up and ATS. That said, the Raiders are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games as the betting favorite. The Dolphins, meanwhile, are 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a road underdog. The Dolphins are also 5-1-1 in their last seven against the Raiders.
As far as the game total goes, this is one of the lowest on the board in Week 3 — and that’s for a good reason. The Dolphins have scored just 17 points through two games, and the under cashed in both. For the Raiders, the over and the under have each cashed once in 2021. However, it’s the over that has been cashing most frequently for the Raiders. The over is 5-0 in the Raiders’ last five home games and has cashed in six of the Raiders’ last seven contests overall.
Dolphins vs. Raiders prediction
The Dolphins enter Week 3 reeling after getting destroyed at home by the Buffalo Bills last week. While losing 35-0 is bad enough, they also saw their second-year quarterback get knocked out of the game in the first quarter. Despite initial reports indicating his X-rays were negative, head coach Brian Flores announced on Wednesday that Tagovailoa does indeed have fractured ribs. Tua has been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Las Vegas.
Of course, it might not matter who is under center if Miami’s offensive line does not improve dramatically. The unit allowed a whopping 11 quarterback hits last week alone. Now, they face a Las Vegas defense that has accumulated 5 sacks and 17 quarterback hits in two games. Miami must attempt to contain pass rusher Maxx Crosby, who has tallied 2 sacks and 10 quarterback hits while leading the NFL with 16 QB pressures.
Miami’s defense held their own
Despite surrendering 35 points, the Dolphins’ defense actually played relatively well. They held Josh Allen to just 179 passing yards, gave up only 314 total yards to Buffalo (4.9 yards per play), and forced 2 turnovers. In fact, Miami is still inside the top 10 in yards allowed per play (5.3) and takeaways per game (2). But they will be tested mightily by the surprisingly strong Las Vegas offense.
The Raiders enter Week 3 averaging 6.4 yards per play and 29.5 points per game, both of which are top-10 figures in the NFL. Quarterback Derek Carr is coming off one of the most impressive performances of his career, throwing for 382 yards and 2 touchdowns on the road in Pittsburgh against one of the NFL’s best defenses. Where Las Vegas has struggled, however, has been running the football. The Raiders rank among the NFL’s worst in yards per rush (2.9) and rushing yards per game (67).
That’s good news for Miami, which has had trouble stopping the run in 2021. But it’s hard to see how the Dolphins will move the ball with any consistency against a Raiders defense that can get after the passer as well as any team. Whether it’s Tagovailoa or Jacoby Brissett under center, I suspect it will be another long day for the Miami offense.
Prediction: Raiders 24, Dolphins 16
How to watch Dolphins vs. Raiders this week
- Location: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
- TV channel: CBS
- Start time: 4:05 PM ET
- Live streaming options:
- Hulu + Live TV
- YouTube TV
Check with your streaming service to confirm the availability of specific channels.