Oakland Raiders vs Miami Dolphins Pick, Prediction, and Odds
To kick off week 2 of the 2012 NFL season we have an interesting match-up at 1:00pm EST between two winless teams in the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins. Both teams had tough week one match-up's as the Raiders went down to the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football, and the Dolphins lost to the strong Houston Texans. This game has the potential to either be a very close one, or a game that could get away fast if rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the Dolphins is unable to keep the turnovers down. In week one, Tannehill threw three interceptions, and was unable to get anything going for the Fins' offense whatsoever.
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For the Raiders, they simply need to get their ground game going. While they handed the ball to Darren McFadden quite a bit, he wasn't able to really excel against the Chargers defense rushing the ball, and the bulk of his work came from the receptions that he had against them. Carson Palmer is definitely looking to air it out more, but they have to get McFadden going in order to open up the field a bit for Palmer to throw it more often.
Neither team wants to start off the season with that ugly 0-2 record, but unfortunately one team will have to. This game will be played in Miami, so the line is definitely a close one, but here's our prediction and pick for the week 2 match-up.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Oakland Raiders: -1
- Miami Dolphins: +1
» Free Prediction and Pick
The Dolphins really, really struggled last week, so it makes them a scary team to bet on this week. With that being said, I do think that Tannehill is going to improve quite a bit, but not enough to get his first NFL win. The real issue for the Dolphins is going to be slowing down Darren McFadden, as I think that he will be able to dominate the Dolphins both running the ball and catching passes out of the back field. I'm rolling with the Raiders to win it by a touchdown here.
Prediction: Oakland Raiders- 24 Miami Dolphins- 17
With this line being so close to a pick, I'm happy to jump on the Raiders with the line of -1. Obviously the odds don't make a huge difference in this situation, but I think that it won't make a huge difference that the Raiders are on the road, and they'll be able to pull out the win to go to 1-1.
Pick: Oakland Raiders -1