Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Spread Analysis and Pick Prediction

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 31:  Daniel Thomas #33 of the Miami Dolphins rushes against the Cincinnati Bengals at Sun Life Stadium on October 31, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins are 1-5 ATS in their last six appearances on Monday Night Football. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also 1-5 versus the number the last six times they've played on MNF.

It’s a Florida battle that looks like another Monday Night Football dud.

Point spread:
Dolphins opened as 4.5-point favorites; the total was 41. (Line updates and matchup report) computer says: 18.0-11.9 Dolphins

Why the Dolphins can cover the spread

The Dolphins started 3-0 this season, then lost four games in a row. Now, after Thursday night's overtime victory against Cincinnati, the Fins are .500 at 4-4. The suspension of OL Richie Incognito might provide addition-by-subtraction, and going against a Tampa team that can't get out of its own way provides a chance to start another winning streak.

Why the Bucs can cover the spread

Tampa Bay may be winless, but it's had several shots at victory, including last week, when the Bucs led 21-0 at Seattle before eventually losing 27-24 in overtime. Rookie QB Mike Glennon owns an 8/3 TD/INT ratio since taking over for the departed Josh Freeman, and hasn't thrown a pick in his last three games.

Mainly, there are negative trends on both fronts in a matchup that doesn’t look great on paper.

Smart Pick

The Odds Shark NFL computer is predicting Miami to prevail and cover in a low-scoring affair. By the numbers these two teams are fairly similar; the Dolphins own a short edge on offense, while Tampa ranks a little better on defense. But the Bucs are coming off an excruciating loss out in Seattle, while Miami will be working on a couple extra days off. Give the points and go with the Fish.


Miami 1-5 ATS past six Monday night games

Tampa Bay 1-5 ATS past six Monday night games

Dolphins 1-6 ATS vs. Bucs since 1982

Bucs lost seven straight at home (1-5-1 ATS)

Bucs 5-18-1 ATS as home dog since October 2006

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