Las Vegas Raiders will host Miami Dolphins in the third round of the NFL 2021 season on Sunday afternoon. The hosts go to this match after celebrating a win against the Steelers last weekend, and they want to pick up where they left off. The away side looks forward to bouncing back after losing to Buffalo Bills in the previous round.
Las Vegas look pretty confident at the start of the new campaign, and they want to secure a playoff spot. They had an 8-8 record last time, and a couple of wins more might launch them to post-season battles. On the other hand, the Dolphins want to forget their latest defeat quickly. They come from a 10-6 record in the NFL 2020 season and want to build up on that to challenge the playoffs spot.
Las Vegas Raiders – Are they capable of making it to the post-season?
The Raiders ade a solid start into the new campaign, as they go to this match with a 2-0 record. They had their first major test in the opening round when the Ravens visited Allegiant Stadium. However, Las Vegas won that exciting match after overtime and enjoyed a big boost of confidence. The Raiders put another good performance last weekend, and they managed to get back home with a win from Pittsburgh.
Despite missing their top running back, Josh Jacobs, Derek Carr passed for 382 yards and two touchdowns. Henry Ruggs III had five grabs for 113 yards, while Las Vegas gained 425 total yards against the Steelers last weekend. The Raiders’ quarterback Carr went for 817 yards so far, with one interception and four TDs, while he was sacked five times. Darren Waller has 170 yards and one touchdown, while Josh Jacobs is a leading rusher for Las Vegas with two TDs on 34 yards. The Raiders allowed 331 yards to Pittsburgh last time, with Denzel Perryman and Maxx Crosby being the most notable players in the defensive corps with 22 tackles and 2.0 QB sacks, respectively.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Kenyan Drake, Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow, Darren Waller, Alec Ingold, Kolton Miller, Jordan Simmons, Andre James, Jermaine Eluemunor, Alex Leatherwood
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Maxx Crosby, Quinton Jefferson, Johnathan Hankins, Yannick Ngakoue, Cory Littleton, Denzel Perryman, K.J. Wright, Trayvon Mullen Jr., Johnathan Abram, Tre’von Moehrig, Casey Hayward Jr.
Quarter Back: Derek Carr
Kicker: Daniel Carlson
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Miami Dolphins – Was their latest performance just a bad day?
The Dolphins head to this game after suffering a tough defeat last time, as the Bills beat the 35-0. The visitors currently have a 1-1 record, and they want to bounce back with a win in Sin City. Miami faced New England Patriots in the opening round and celebrated an important 17-16 away victory. The Dolphins’ game relies on Tua Tagovailoa a lot, but their starting QB suffered a rib injury that knocked him out of the game. It seems that the injury disrupted Miami a lot, hence they didn’t have a chance against the Bills.
Tagovailoa is questionable for this game as well, and Jacoby Brissett could likely step up. He passed for 169 yards and one interception, while Tua Tagovailoa went for 215 yards with a touchdown and one interception. DeVante Parker is the Dolphins’ leading receiver with 123 yards, while their top rusher with 74 yards is Myles Gaskin. On the other hand, Jerome Baker logged team-high 15 tackles.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Myles Gaskin, DeVante Parker, William Fuller V, Jaylen Waddle, Mike Gesicki, Austin Jackson, Solomon Kindley, Michael Deiter, Robert Hunt, Liam Eichenberg
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Emmanuel Ogbah, John Jenkins, Christian Wilkins, Andrew Van Ginkel, Elandor Roberts, Jerome Baker, Brennan Scarlett, Xavien Howard, Eric Rowe, Jason McCourty, Byron Jones
Quarter Back: Jacoby Brissett
Kicker: Jason Sanders
Expert Pick #1 – Las Vegas Raiders -4 @-110
The Raiders enjoy their strong start into the season, and I expect them to keep up the pace. Although the Dolphins could be a tricky opponent, Las Vegas’ confidence is very high, and they should record another victory. I believe they are going to cover the spread as well, and that’s my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 44 @-110
The Dolphins haven’t been too bad in defense, but they struggle offensively. They will likely be without Tua Tagovailoa against the Raiders, which is another trouble for them in the offense. Therefore, this game could stay under 44 points, and I’ll pick it as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Raiders/Raiders HT/FT @+110
If you want to place a bit riskier bet, then the odds on the HT/FT market on the Raiders to win seem pretty attractive. I believe the hosts will control the game from the very start, and they could secure their advantage already at halftime. Therefore, I’ll back this tip as my third bet.