Ravens vs Dolphins – NFL Pick for August 25th

by Rick Rockwell
on August 24, 2018

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On Saturday, the Ravens take their talents to South Beach as they play the Miami Dolphins in the all-important Week 3 preseason matchup. This is the 3rd time these two teams have played against each other in the last calendar year, and Miami is looking to get revenge. Kickoff inside Hard Rock Stadium is at 7 PM ET.

Betting Data History Baltimore Ravens Miami Dolphins
Current S/U record 3-0 0-2
S/U in 2017 9-7 6-10
Current ATS record 1-2 0-2
2017 ATS 8-7-1 5-9-2
2017 ATS Home 3-5 3-2-2
2017 ATS Away 5-1-1 2-6
2017 O/U 9-7 8-8
2017 O/U Home 4-4 4-3
2017 O/U Away 4-3 4-4

Baltimore Ravens vs Miami Dolphins NFL Preseason Game Preview

Since the Ravens came into the league, they own a 9-6 record against the Dolphins in the regular and postseason. In their last 10 head-to-head meetings, Baltimore owns an 8-2 record. The two teams have played 10 times at Miami and they each have won 5 games apiece. However, the Ravens are 4-1 in their last 5 road games versus the Dolphins.

The Ravens come into this game with 3 games under their preseason belt after playing in the HOF game. Baltimore is undefeated right now in the preseason and just keeps finding ways to win. They have a fierce QB battle behind Joe Flacco that really keeps the 2nd and 3rd string units playing hard and producing on the field. But, will they be able to win a 4th straight game this preseason?

The Dolphins are 0-2 this preseason and they seem to have more questions than answers. This week, you can expect Adam Gase to get more out of the starting offense with Tannehill seeing more action as well as the rest of the offensive starters. However they could be missing a few key contributors as running back Franke Gore and receiver DeVante Parker will both most likely miss the game.

The spread opened at Even and has remained unchanged. The Over/Under opened at 41.5 total points and has also remained unchanged.

Free NFL Spread Bet and Preseason Prediction

Last week, the Dolphins gave up 226 yards on the ground to Carolina and you can expect Baltimore to try and do the same. The Ravens are averaging 130 rushing yards per game this preseason and have several running backs that keep this train rolling all game long.

The Ravens passing game has been inconsistent at times and looked flat against the Colts on Monday night when the QBs combined to go 20 of 32 for 127 yards. That’s pretty bad for any team’s passing attack. Baltimore hopes to at least see Joe Flacco have success this week as he’s had a ho-hum preseason so far.

The Ravens defense has been stout this preseason as they’ve only allowed 14 ppg. Additionally, they’re forcing an average of 3 turnovers per game. Miami is going to have a tough time against this ferocious defense. Miami has averaged 22 ppg, but the starters have failed to score a TD as of yet. In fact, Miami is getting outscored in the first half by an average of 14.5 ppg to 9.5 ppg. These slow starts will hurt them against the Ravens this week.

Miami’s starting defense might be able to keep the game close, but I expect both Jackson and RG III to light up the Dolphins backups and put Baltimore in a favorable position to win the game. I’m not sold on Miami this year, and they’ve looked mediocre at best this preseason.

The Ravens played the Dolphins twice last year and won both games: 31-7 in the preseason and 40-0 during the regular season. That’s a combined score of 71-7 in two games. Over the last 10 regular and postseason games, not only is Baltimore 8-2, they’ve outscored Miami by an average of 27 ppg to 13 ppg. Additionally, the Ravens are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games against the Dolphins and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 trips to Miami.

The Ravens are 2-1 ATS this preseason as the Colts game was a pick. The Dolphins are 0-2 ATS. Since this is a Pick game, we can throw the preseason spread records out. However, we can’t discount what Baltimore has done against Miami in recent years. We also can’t discount what the Ravens do in the preseason under head coach John Harbaugh. With the win at Indy, the Ravens are now 11-0 SU and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 preseason games. Additionally, they’ve improved their mark to 31-12 SU and 29-14 ATS under Harbaugh in the preseason.

I’m going to ride this Ravens preseason money train until the wheels fall off. Go with Baltimore (-110) in this game. They look superior to the Dolphins and seem to be dialed in even when their regular backups and 3rd stringers are in the game. Miami seems to be inconsistent and has lacked any significant success with their starters so far.

Ravens vs Dolphins Betting Recap

  • Oddsmaker: BetOnline
  • Money lines: Ravens (-110) vs Dolphins (-110)
  • Spread: PK
  • Over/Under: 41.5 total points
  • Prediction: Baltimore 23 – Miami 17
Pick: Ravens

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Rick Rockwell

As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site.

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