The Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins will meet in an AFC showdown on Thursday Night Football. The Ravens (6-2) have been on a roll, winning six of seven, with four of those games by six points or fewer. The Dolphins (2-7) have also played a number of close games, losing three of them by a field goal or less. Baltimore, however, has had the Dolphins’ number and won the last three meetings by 32 points or more, including a 59-10 thrashing in 2019 at Miami.
Kickoff from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Baltimore is an 8.5-point favorite in the latest Ravens vs. Dolphins odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 46. Before you make any Ravens vs. Dolphins bets or predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine NFL expert Mike Tierney has to say.
A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered the NFL for decades and reported from seven Super Bowls. He’s used his experience to crush the NFL, going 187-147 against the spread the past three seasons. In addition, Tierney is an outstanding 26-13-1 on his last 40 against the spread picks involving the Ravens. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Tierney has zoned in on Ravens vs. Dolphins. You can head to SportsLine to see his picks. Here are the NFL lines and trends for Ravens vs. Dolphins:
Dolphins vs. Ravens spread: Baltimore -8.5Dolphins vs. Ravens over-under: 46 pointsDolphins vs. Ravens money line: Baltimore -430, Miami +330BAL: Ravens are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six Thursday gamesMIA: Dolphins are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games in NovemberWhy the Ravens can cover
Baltimore’s defense has a number of stalwarts who are coming off solid efforts in last Sunday’s overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey had a season-high two pass breakups last week and is looking for his sixth game in a row with a pass breakup. He had two of them and an interception in the last meeting against Miami.
Linebacker Josh Bynes led the Ravens with a season-high 11 tackles in Week 9. He is looking for his fourth game in a row with at least six tackles and a tackle for loss. For the season, Bynes has registered 27 tackles, including 19 solo, with four tackles for loss. He also has two pass breakups.
Why the Dolphins can cover
Linebacker Jerome Baker continues to power the defense and leads Miami with 50 tackles, including 34 solo, with one sack for 10 yards and one tackle for loss. He also has three pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble. Last week against Houston, Baker had seven tackles and recorded his third career interception. He had nine tackles in the last meeting against the Ravens.
Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah also had a big game against the Texans with a pass breakup and 2.5 sacks. It was his fourth career game with two or more sacks. He will be looking for his fifth consecutive game with a pass breakup. For the season, Ogbah has 21 tackles, including 12 solo, with five sacks for 39 yards, and five tackles for loss. He has one forced fumble with six pass breakups.
How to make Dolphins vs. Ravens picks
Tierney has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he’s leaning under the total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.
So who wins Ravens vs. Dolphins on Thursday Night Football? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Tierney’s Ravens vs. Dolphins picks, all from the NFL expert who’s 26-13 on picks involving Baltimore, and find out.