Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 8/8/19 - NFL Betting Odds & Picks
Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins
NFL: 7:30 PM EST
Aug. 06, 2019
The Atlanta Falcons are set to visit Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida for a preseason clash against the Miami Dolphins. The Atlanta Falcons come into this game with an 0-1 record as they opened the preseason with a loss in the Hall of Fame Game against the Denver Broncos, 14-10. Kurt Benkert was by far the top passer for the Atlanta Falcons as the 2nd year pro connected on 19 of his 34 attempts for a total of 185 yards and 1 TD. The Falcons did not have much success on the ground as Brian Hill was the leading rusher with 11 carries for 57 yards.
The Atlanta Falcons defense was stout for most of the game as they held the Denver Broncos to 7 points until the final minute of the game. John Cominsky had a solid game from the defensive end spot as he compiled 6 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 fumble recovery. The Atlanta Falcons will need more consistency out of their kicking game moving forward as kicker Giorgio Tavecchio missed 1 field goal while also connecting on a 27-yarder.
The Miami Dolphins will be looking to rebound after going 7-9 during the 2018 season, but a big turnover on their roster has them looking like the potential 1st overall pick come next year. The Miami Dolphins will have a new QB running the offense this season as the race is between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen. Kenyan Drake will also step into a bigger role this season with Frank Gore gone, and the former Alabama RB should have a good year after contributing 1012 scrimmage yards last season.
The Miami Dolphins will need to improve drastically on the defensive side of the ball after finishing 27th in the NFL in points allowed. The Dolphins will return their leading tackler from a season ago in Kiko Alonso who contributed 125 tackles and 3 interceptions. Miami is in good hands in the backend of the defense as pro-bowler Xavien Howard returns after contributing 7 interceptions during the 2018 season.
Recent Betting Trends:
Falcons are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on grass.
Under is 3-1-1 in Falcons last 5 Thursday games.
Dolphins are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Under is 4-1 in Dolphins last 5 games on grass.
Free Betting Pick: Atlanta Falcons +3
Preseason is always the first go-around for new-look teams to show what they are made of, but it is also a rusty start for them. The Atlanta Falcons may have struggled to get much offense going in the first game, but they should be game for this one after getting that game feeling. Kurt Benkert showed some potential as a backup QB for the Falcons, and he will look to get the ball to undrafted free agent Olamide Zaccheaus who also happened to be his college teammate. The Dolphins will try to show what they are made of under first-year coach Brian Flores, but they just don’t enough talent and experience to come out with a win. Final Score Prediction, Atlanta Falcons win and cover ATS 21-17.