Other than two-time defending AFC champion Kansas City, no team in the NFL has the longest active winning streak than the Dolphins’ six wins in a row. Miami still has some work to do as nine AFC teams are still ahead of them.
The New Orleans Saints seemed ready for wait ‘til next year mode when they followed up a win over defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay with five straight losses. However, New Orleans is suddenly trending in a more positive direction after following up a victory over the lowly New York Jets by sweeping the season series with Tampa Bay.
With the teams playing on Monday night, the pecking order for playoff positioning will have changed by the time the Dolphins and Saints take the field. The Saints have another challenge: Both Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian have landed on the Reserve/COVID list, meaning rookie Ian Book is in line to make his first NFL start.
After three consecutive home games, Miami is back on the road where it is only 2-4 on the road and had lost four straight before a win over the Jets.
The Saints (+8000) have the ninth-best odds to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl while the Dolphins (+10000) are tied for 12th in the odds to win the AFC.
The total of 38½ is the lowest of all this week’s NFL games.
Game: Miami (7-7) at New Orleans (7-7)
Location: Caesar’s Superdome
Day/Time: Monday, December 27, 8:15 p.m. ET
|Miami||+3 (-120)||+125||38½ (-110o)|
|New Orleans||-3 (even)||-145||38½ (-110u)|
The visiting New Orleans Saints were listed by the NFL picks against the spread as three-point favorites against the Miami Dolphins when the teams last met on October 1, 2017.
Touchdowns by Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara and a defense that held Miami to 186 yards led the Saints to the 20-0 win. It was the third straight win by New Orleans over Miami with the Saints covering each time.
The game fell well under the 51-point total.
Next game: at Tennessee
The Miami Dolphins were listed by the NFL betting lines as 10-point favorites against the visiting New York Jets.
Miami has covered in its last five games as part of a six-game winning streak that revived its playoff hopes but needed to overcome a 10-point deficit. DeVante Parker’s touchdown pass with 3:37 left lifted the Dolphins to the 31-24 win.
The game went over the 42-point total on a game-tying interception return for a touchdown by Brandin Echols of the Jets with 7:45 left to play.
Running backs Malcolm Brown (quadricep) and Phillip Lindsay (ankle), safety Jevon Holland (illness), tight end Adam Shaheen (knee), cornerback Trill Williams (hamstring) and receiver Albert Wilson are questionable. Offensive lineman Robert Jones and cornerback Justin Coleman are on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Receivers Allen Hurns (wrist) and Will Fuller (finger) as well as offensive lineman Larnel Coleman (knee) are on injured reserve.
Jaylen Waddle and Phillip Lindsay returned to their first practice since coming off COVID list today. Malcolm Brown (designated to return from IR) was still practicing.
— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) December 22, 2021
Next game: vs. Carolina
The visiting New Orleans Saints were listed by the Las Vegas odds as 11½-point underdogs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite already defeating the defending Super Bowl champions earlier this season.
The Saints held one of the top offenses in the NFL out of the end zone and three Brett Maher field goals lifted New Orleans to the 9-0 win. After failing to cover in three straight games, it was the second consecutive game when New Orleans covered.
One of the lowest-scoring games in the NFL this season went well under the 45.5 total.
QBs Book, Simeian (COVID) are trending toward out. Offensive lineman Terron Armstead (knee), linebacker Kaden Ellis (hamstring). Receiver Deonte Harris is eligible to return from a three-game suspension. Tight ends Juwan Johnson and Adam Trautman are on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk (knee) and defensive end Payton Turner (shoulder) are out. Tight end Garrett Griffin (hamstring), offensive lineman Andrus Peat (pectoral) and defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle) are on injured reserve.
Betting on the Game
New Orleans had to endure the retirement of quarterback Drew Brees, not having star receiver Thomas all season and playing without many of its top offensive linemen for most of the season are 26rd in the NFL in total offense. The Dolphins aren’t much better at No. 23 in yards per game.
Miami is tied for ninth in the NFL with 21 takeaways but is also one of three teams with at least 10 interceptions thrown and fumbles lost.
Those who bet online might be interested to know that the total has gone under in five of Miami’s last seven games while four of New Orleans’ last five games have gone under.
The Dolphins have covered in only two of its last seven games against New Orleans and have a 2-5 in those games.
The Saints have covered in 12 of their last 17 games against AFC East teams.