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NFL Picks: Dolphins at Steelers Point Spread

NFL Picks: Dolphins at Steelers Point Spread
Wild Card Weekend action continues on Sunday when Miami visits Pittsburgh in the early game. The AFC North Division Champion Steelers are on quite a roll as they closed the regular season with seven straight wins. Representing the AFC East, as a Wild Card entry, the Dolphins head into Steel City with nine wins over their last eleven contests. The third of four first round playoff games kicks off at 1:05 PM ET on January 8, 2017, at Heinz Field in Pennsylvania.

Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers

Similar to the Seattle vs Detroit Wild Card matchup, Pittsburgh and Miami are not very familiar with each other as this is just the 26th meeting since 1971. That said, these teams battled in Week 6 this season and the Dolphins beat the Steelers 30-15 down in South Beach. QB Ben Roethlisberger, who played through a knee injury, threw two INT in that contest and Miami RB Jay Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two scores. The Dolphins posted a 34-28 victory during their last trip to Pittsburgh back in Week 14 of the 2013 NFL season. Prior to that, the Steelers had won five straight in this series.

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As mentioned, Pittsburgh has been running hot but it should be noted that just one of their seven season ending wins was against a team that is playing in the 2017 NFL postseason. That was a 24-14 home victory over New York in Week 13 – a loss that snapped a six-game winning streak by the Giants. Apart from that, the Steelers beat Indianapolis, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Baltimore and the lowly 1-15 Cleveland Browns twice. Pittsburgh went 6-2 at home and the losses were to New England (27-16) and Dallas (35-30) and came during a four game losing streak between Week 6 and 10. 

Miami has to be considered as the “miracle” team in the 2017 National Football League playoffs as the Dolphins opened their season with a 1-4 record and the lone victory was against the Cleveland Browns. The win over the Steelers seemed to spark the Dolphins as Miami won six in a row before they were bashed 38-6 by the Ravens in Baltimore. The ‘Phins won their next three contests before dropping a 35-14 decision to New England to finish with a 10-6 record. Miami posted a 4-4 mark on the road and they were just 1-3 in their four contests versus teams that made it to the playoffs. 

Dolphins at Steelers Prediction

BET PITTSBURGH STEELERS -9.5 (-125) ATS AT BET365 (Pittsburgh 30-12 Final)

Key Miami injuries have to be considered when betting on this contest. QB Ryan Tannehill, C Mike Pouncey, DB Reshad Jones and DB Isa Abdul-Quddus have been out for a while and now DB Byron Maxell is also sidelined. With so many losses in the defensive secondary, one has to wonder how the Dolphins will contain WR Antonio Brown and RB Le’Veon Bell who will be a force as a runner and a receiver. Miami ranked 29th in total defense allowing 382.6 YPG and 30th against the run (140.4 YPG) this season. Though Pittsburgh has a habit of playing down to their opponents level, we can’t see anything but a full out effort by the Steelers here. Looking to avoid a possible push, we are buying by a half point and backing Pittsburgh with the -9.5 (-125) Bet365 spread price.

NFL Wild Card Games 2017

AFC and NFC Wild Card matchups preceded the Steelers vs Dolphins duel as the Oakland Raiders vs Houston Texans AFC contest and the Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks NFC battle play out on Saturday, January 7, 2017.  The first round of the 2017 NFL playoffs comes to a close when the Green Bay Packers host the New York Giants at Lambeau Field at 4:40 PM Sunday, January 8, 2017. We have predicted all four Wild Card contests and we will do the same for the six remaining games that lead us to Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Follow our free picks and then stay up to date on the scores of every match with our LIVE Score widget below.

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Kansas City Chiefs 20:30 Patriots +325 -345 Odds
Sunday 10 September
Philadelphia Eagles 13:00 Washington Redskins +115 -128 Odds
New York Jets 13:00 Buffalo Bills +235 -278 Odds
Arizona Cardinals 13:00 Detroit Lions +108 -122 Odds
Jaguars 13:00 Houston Texans +170 -196 Odds
Buccaneers 13:00 Miami Dolphins -104 -114 Odds
Oakland Raiders 13:00 Tennessee Titans -111 -106 Odds
Pittsburgh Steelers 13:00 Cleveland Browns -500 +465 Odds
Baltimore Ravens 13:00 Cincinnati Bengals +122 -141 Odds
Atlanta Falcons 13:00 Chicago Bears -286 +250 Odds
Indianapolis Colts 16:05 Los Angeles Rams -164 +155 Odds
Seattle Seahawks 16:25 Green Bay Packers Odds
Carolina Panthers 16:25 San Francisco 49ers -227 +194 Odds
New York Giants 20:30 Dallas Cowboys Odds

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