|Written by John Bower|
|Sunday, 13 September 2009 08:36|
There is still some uncertainty at sportsbooks for the 1:00pm EST game between the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons. Hopefully, this NFL betting match-up will answer some questions for both odds makers and sports bettors alike. The betting public might be taking the over in this game according to NFL odds makers, but if history has anything to say, the sportsbooks could be making out big time. NFL betting history for the Dolphins and Falcons shows that 4 out of 5 games between the two teams have gone under the betting total since 1992.
To add to the mix, the Falcons have been 4-0 ATS when they've played the Dolphins since 1992. The Dolphins football squad is looking to show everyone that last year's performance wasn't just a series of lucky breaks. However, there are forces working against them. Chad Pennington, their starting QB, has never put together back-to-back productive seasons. While a lot of this was due to injuries, the Dolphins football squad will surely be watching Chad's performance early on. Injuries also forced young QB, Chad Henne, to sit out games on the sideline as well. If the Dolphins have to go with a number 3 QB, the Fins could be facing a long season of losses and low totals.
For the Falcons football squad, the focus will be on a very young defensive squad that will really be put to the test by the Miami offense. The falcons' defense has looked lackluster in NFL odds for the preseason, and last year was one of the worst (25th) against the running game. The one-two punch of Ronnie Lott and Ricky Williams might just prove to me too much for such a young and inexperienced unit. The Falcons football team has made some big moves to bring in some veteran muscle in the last few days, but bettors have to ask themselves if it's a case of too little too late. With Atlanta being a four-point favorite, it seems that odds makers aren't quite sure what to make of either team as well. "If these teams were to meet half-way through the season, things would look a lot different to us. There are a lot of questions about both teams that will be answered early on in the season," said Edwards. "When you see games like this in the 3 to 4-point line range for the home team, it's basically a coin toss. As for me, personally, I'd take it at 4. You can still lose by a field goal. They're becoming more important every year in the pro games."
Bower's NFL Picks: The odds makers are worried about the total but knowing head coach Tony Soprano this one might be a blow out. Play the Dolphins plus the point on the road and if your feeling frisky; go ahead and play the Dolphins to the OVER. Vegas odds at the MGM Mirage sportsbook have the Falcons -4 favorites in NFL betting odds against the Dolphins with a betting total of 44.
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