Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals - 11/8/20 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Arizona Cardinals (5-2) vs Miami Dolphins (4-3)
Game Info: Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 4:25 pm (State Farm Stadium)
Betting Odds: Arizona Cardinals -4.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Miami Dolphins will travel to State Farm Stadium to take on the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Miami Dolphins won their 3rd straight game and improved to 4-3 on the season after defeating the Los Angeles Rams, 28-17, this past Sunday. Miami got some big plays from both their defense and special teams and was able to hang on late after a 1-yard TD run by Myles Gaskin gave the Dolphins a 28-7 lead with 2:47 left in the 2nd quarter. Miami was outgained by Los Angeles by a 471-145 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 4-2 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Dolphins was their defense who not only slowed the Rams offense through the day but also got a 78-yard fumble return for a TD by Andrew Van Ginkel.
On the season, Miami is averaging 26.9 ppg on 331.9 total yards per game (233.9 passing yds/g; 98.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Miami has been led by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who has completed 70.1% of his passes for 1,535 yards, 10 TD, & 7 INT while also rushing for 2 TD’s. Even with the success that Fitzpatrick has had, Miami recently decided to hand over the QB duties to Tua Tagovailoa who finished last game completing 14 of 24 passes for 102 yards & 1 TD. The top receiving threats for the Dolphins have been DeVante Parker (30 rec, 367 yards, 3 TD), Mike Gesicki (19 rec, 289 yards, 2 TD), and Preston Williams (14 rec, 228 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the backfield has been Myles Gaskin who has 387 yards & 2 TD while also hauling in 30 receptions for 198 yards.
Defensively, Miami is holding their opponents to an average of 18.6 ppg on 399.0 total yards per game (273.9 passing yds/g; 125.1 rushing yds/g).
The Arizona Cardinals are coming off their bye week with some momentum as Arizona won their 3rd straight game and improved to 5-2 on the season after defeating the Seattle Seahawks, 37-34 in OT, on October 25th. Arizona trailed by a 34-24 margin late in the 4th quarter however, was able to force OT on a Zane Gonzalez 44-yard FG at the end of regulation and secured the win after an Isaiah Simmons INT in OT set up the Cardinals for the game-winning FG. Arizona was outgained by Seattle by a 572-519 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 3-2 margin in the victory.
On the season, Arizona is averaging 29.0 ppg on 424.6 total yards per game (263.9 passing yds/g; 160.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Arizona has been led by QB Kyler Murray who has completed 66.8% of his passes for 1,847 yards, 13 TD, & 7 INT. Murray is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Cardinals as he has 437 yards & 7 TD’s on 65 carries. The top receiving threats for the Cardinals have been DeAndre Hopkins (57 rec, 704 yards, 3 TD), Christian Kirk (18 rec, 277 yards, 5 TD), Chase Edmonds (26 rec, 222 yards, 2 TD), and Larry Fitzgerald (29 rec, 207 yards). Leading the way for the Cardinals has been Kenyan Drake who has 512 rushing yards & 4 TD’s on 119 carries.
Defensively, Arizona is holding their opponents to an average of 20.9 ppg on 399.3 total yards per game (268.1 passing yds/g; 131.1 rushing yds/g).
The Dolphins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games and 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games vs. NFC opponents. The Cardinals are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games played on week 9.
We are going to have to keep an eye on the news for this one as Arizona’s coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed today that two players have tested positive for COVID-19 although we don’t know exactly who has tested positive and if it’s going to get worse at the week goes on. On the basis that everyone is playing for the Cardinals, I am leaning on Arizona as although Miami has looked great recently, I’m not solid on the Dolphins offense finding success on the road with Tua Tagovailoa behind center. Arizona has plenty of weapons to find ways to put up points agianst the Dolphins defense and I think the Cardinals do enough to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!