The NFL has not given us an overly exciting Monday Night Football matchup in Week 8. With the struggles the Pittsburgh Steelers have had under center and the general poor play of the Dolphins this one is likely to not be a classic. However, it does have a shot to at least be a competitive game given the way the Dolphins have played the last two weeks.
Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Heinz Field, 8:15pm ET Monday October 28th, 2019
1u – Miami Dolphins +14 @ +100
- Per statschecker, the Miami Dolphins are 2-4 ATS this season, but 2-0 in their last two games
- The Dolphins have scored 37 points across the last two weeks, which is more than the first four weeks combined.
This is unlikely to be a pretty game of football. The Dolphins have been abysmal to open the year but have at least shown some level of improvement since their bye. They pushed the Buffalo Bills to the wire last week, with the score line not reflecting how close that game truly was, thanks to a last-minute onside kick recovery touchdown by the Bills. The Steelers have succeeded this season despite going through numerous quarterbacks to get to this point. Mason Rudolph is back under center for the Steelers in this one, but under his leadership the Steelers offense has been all about short plays and the running game. I expect the Steelers to win this one, but I think the Dolphins score enough to stay within 14 points.
1u – Under 43 Points @ -110
- Per statschecker, the under is 4-2 in Steelers and Dolphins games this season
- The Steelers offense had tended to lean on the run game this season, and only open it up when they need to
This game has the feeling of a low-scoring affair. Neither offense is really lighting it up because of their offensive line issues. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the wild card in this one, because he can choose to open the taps at will. However, on what could be a chilly Monday night in Pittsburgh, expect to see running games rule in this contest.