The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins are no strangers to meeting in the preseason as they have squared off nearly every year. This matchup will feature a Tampa Bay team that is one of the Super Bowl favorites going against a Miami team that looks to return to the playoffs.
Neither team had a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Miami traded its top pick when the Dolphins moved up to select receiver Jaylen Waddle in the 2021 draft. Tampa Bay traded out of the first round and ended up taking defensive lineman Logan Hall early in the second round,
According to the NFL betting lines, the Buccaneers (-300) are favored to win the NFC South Division title for the second season in a row. Miami (+450) is tied for second in the AFC East Division odds.
The Buccaneers (+750) have the best odds to win the Super Bowl among NFC teams according to the NFL predictions. The Dolphins (+3000) are tied for ninth among AFC squads.
The biggest news in Miami was the trade for former Kansas City receiver Tyreek Hill. Like many elite playmakers, it remains to be seen how many snaps Hill will play in the preseason. He could use some time to build on-field chemistry with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Miami added running backs Sony Michel and Chase Edmonds during the offseason and offensive linemen Terron Armstead and Connor Williams, so Miami is being aggressive in improving the offense.
Pass-rushing linebacker Melvin Ingram was one of the most prominent defensive players added to the roster by the Dolphins. The building of the defense has been done mostly through the draft.
This will be the debut for new Miami head coach Mike McDaniel. The NFL picks have the projected regular season win total at nine for Miami compared to 11½ for Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While many teams have opted to add young players either through the draft or via free agency, Tampa Bay hasn’t been shy about bringing in veterans. Julio Jones, who used to light up the Buccaneers when he played for Atlanta, was signed as was tight end Kyle Rudolph, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and defensive back Logan Ryan. There are five players on defense and 10 on offense who are 30 or older.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) August 10, 2022
There will be little reason to see much of 45-year-old quarterback Tom Brady in the preseason. There have been some injury issues at the receiver position so that could impact the snap counts in the preseason.
The preseason could be a chance for young linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and defensive lineman Logan Hall to show what they can do after they were the top players selected by the Buccaneers in each of the last two drafts.
Dolphins vs Buccaneers Injury Report
Miami will be without cornerback Byron Jones and running back Raheem Mostert as both are questionable to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Tampa Bay could work in some untested receivers in this game with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage and Breshad Perriman all questionable. Offensive lineman Robert Hainsey is also questionable. Starting center Ryan Jensen could be out for a while with a knee injury. There is a chance it could sideline him for the entire 2022 season.
Dolphins vs Buccaneers Head-to-Head
Eight of the last 10 preseason games between Tampa Bay and Miami have gone under the total, including Tampa Bay’s 16-14 win in 2019.
Each of the last five preseason matchups between the teams have been decided by six points or less.
Tampa Bay has won six of the last seven preseason games against Miami.
The Buccaneers rolled to a 45-17 win on Oct. 10, 2021, in the last regular season showdown between the Sunshine State rivals.
Each of the last five regular season meetings have gone over the total.
Dolphins vs Buccaneers Game Information
- Game: Dolphins vs Buccaneers
- Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
- Day/Time: Saturday Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Dolphins vs Buccaneers Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Dolphins vs Buccaneers Betting Lines
|Miami Dolphins||-1 -115||-125||31 -110o|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+1 -105||+105||31 -110u|
Dolphins vs Buccaneers Prediction
Tampa Bay has won four of its last six preseason games and that includes all three games in 2019. Four of the last six preseason contests have gone under the total.
Miami has captured six of the last eight games played in the preseason. The Dolphins covered in seven of those eight contests.
With a much younger team than Tampa Bay, more of the key players might see more snaps for the Dolphins than those on the Buccaneers.
The 31-point total is the second lowest of eight games scheduled for Saturday. Miami is the healthier of the two teams and perhaps that is why the visiting Dolphins come into the game as the slight favorite.
These teams held joint practices leading into the game so there could be a little more familiarity between the squads than is usually the case in a preseason opener.