The Baltimore Ravens will host the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday in Week 2 of the NFL season.
Each team is coming off a Week 1 victory, with the Dolphins soundly defeating the New England Patriots 20-7 in a divisional matchup. Meanwhile, the Ravens dominated the New York Jets 24-9 on the back of three Lamar Jackson touchdowns.
When Miami and Baltimore last met in November on Thursday Night Football, the Dolphins pulled out a 22-10 win at home. How will things shake out this time? Let’s look at current betting lines and determine best bets, props, and a game prediction for the Dolphins and Ravens.
Dolphins vs Ravens Odds
Sportsbooks currently have the Ravens as a narrow 3.5-point home favorite over the Dolphins, which seems like a price worth jumping on immediately. The Dolphins have not won a game at M&T Stadium, ever.
Dolphins vs Ravens Implied Score
Ravens 23.5, Dolphins 20
As stated above, sportsbooks have Baltimore as a narrow favorite at home, and there is an expectation for a close game.
Dolphins vs Ravens Pick of the Day
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Dolphins vs Ravens Matchup
The Dolphins are being handed a ton of respect after their convincing victory over the Patriots. The addition of wideout Tyreek Hill and new head coach Mike McDaniel give Miami hope for a brighter future with Tua Tagovailoa behind center.
Last season, the Dolphins defeated Baltimore with Tagovailoa and Jacoby Brissett splitting quarterback duties, with Tua finishing the game 8-for-13 for 158 yards.
Miami generated a ton of pressure on Lamar Jackson (23-for-38, 243 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) with an onslaught of blitz packages, sacking him four times. One would assume a similar tactic will be used on Sunday.
The Dolphins held New England to just 193 yards passing yards and 78 rushing yards in Week 1, but will be facing a more advanced offense in Baltimore, who will also be adding J.K. Dobbins to their attack.
Dolphins vs Ravens Prediction
Ravens 21, Dolphins 17
Even though Miami walked away with an impressive Week 1 victory over the Patriots, I expect Baltimore to avenge last season’s loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. The Ravens’ defense will likely pressure Tagovailoa as much as the Dolphins will Jackson, which should lead to a modest game total.
Bettors may get fooled by Joe Flacco‘s 295 passing yards against the Ravens defense in Week 1, but a bulk of that production came during garbage time.
Also, while the new-look Dolphins’ offense may prove effective at times, only 13 of their 20 points against the Pats in Week 1 came from their offense.
Dolphins vs Ravens Bet Tips
The Dolphins have never won a game at M&T Bank Stadium. In fact, Miami has only been victorious once in Baltimore, back in 1997 at Memorial Stadium. Unfortunately, at least for Dolphins fans, it seems unlikely that this streak of losing will end on Sunday.
Before last season’s loss to the Dolphins on the road, Baltimore had covered the spread in each of the team’s previous nine matchups.
Dolphins vs Ravens Best Bets
Ravens -3.5 (-110) at BetMGM Sportsbook
As mentioned above, the Dolphins have a terrible track record on the road in Baltimore. Also, the Ravens should be able to win this defensive battle at home by at least a touchdown by controlling the clock and pressuring the Dolphins into making a mistake on offense.
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Dolphins vs Ravens Props
Anytime Touchdown: Mark Andrews (+115) at BetMGM Sportsbook
If Miami comes out of the gate with a steady blitz, look for Lamar Jackson to find his security blanket Mark Andrews in the endzone.
Dolphins vs Ravens Parlays
Ravens -3.5 and UNDER 40.5 Total Points (+225) at BetMGM Sportsbook
In addition to picking the Ravens to cover, I expect a defensive battle that should result in a low game total. The return of J.K. Dobbins should assist Baltimore in getting back to their run-happy ways, while the Ravens bottle up big plays from the Dolphins’ offense.