Dec 15, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Greedy Williams (26) tackles Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Cardinals Pick, Betting Preview

The Miami Dolphins are a legitimate threat in the AFC, winners of three in a row, and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games.

The Dolphins will go on the road to play an Arizona Cardinals team that is coming off a bye, and a big win in Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. Arizona is the better team at home, so I’m rolling with the Cardinals to cover the 4.5 point spread.

Dolphins Cardinals Pick, Odds: Arizona -4.5 Total 49 | Matchup Report | Sportsbook Reviews

Why the Cardinals can cover the spread

Arizona has been one of the best stories in the NFL at the halfway point. They are 5-2, and right in the thick of things in the NFC West. The play of Kyler Murray has been the story for Arizona, as he has the most passing yards in the NFL with 1847 yards. 

Arizona is playing great football right now. They have scored 30 or more points in three straight games, and will be well rested off a bye week. Chase Edmonds should have a massive game for the Cardinals.

The Dolphins defense as a whole has been solid, but their run defense has been bad. They rank 32nd, dead last in rush defense efficiency, and Edmonds has been stellar recently. I’m expecting a heavy dose of Edmonds, which will open up the field for Deandre Hopkins.

Why the Dolphins can cover the spread

Brian Flores has a serious case for Coach of the Year so far. He has the Dolphins sitting at 4-3, and drastically overperforming preseason expectations.

The Dolphins offense was non-existent last week, but that was due to their defense being on the field majority of the game. We will finally get a good look at Tua Tagavailoa, and let’s not forget he was the top QB prospect before getting injured at Alabama. 

The Dolphins defense should give Murray all he can handle. The Dolphins pass defense ranks 3rd in DVOA, and starting corners Byron Jones and Xavier Howard can throw many different looks at Deandre Hopkins

Dolphins Cardinals pick

Miami will be travelling cross country, meanwhile the Cardinals sat home comfortably during a bye week. The Cardinals are simply the better team in this matchup. I love Arizona in this spot, and I think they win comfortably. 

Brenden Deeg is from Ajax, Ontario and has been an NFL writer for over 5 years. Brenden has contributed to FanSided and 4th and Jawn. Brenden also played Defensive Line at York University, in Toronto Canada. Brenden is a Philadelphia Eagles fan, and active in the Philadelphia Eagles twitter community. You can follow his personal account here @eaglestalk_  He can reached at Brenden.Deeg@NationalFootballPost.com

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