Dolphins vs. Buccaneers Betting Guide: Will Josh Rosen Break Out in Week 2?
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) at the line of scrimmage.
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Spread: Buccaneers -3
- Over/Under: 43
- Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
The Dolphins have a number of names at wide receiver who have earned ‘truther’ status to some extent during their respective careers. DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson are expected to start in three receiver sets, but Jakeem Grant, Allen Hurns and Brice Butler have also been involved.
Then we have Preston Williams, who looked like the best of the bunch during the Dolphins’ 34-27 win over the Falcons last week.
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Williams has great size (6-foot-4 and 211 pounds) and a history of college dominance (96-1,345-14 as a redshirt junior at Colorado State) to overcome a lack of straight-line speed (4.66-second 40-yard dash).
The most important takeaway from Friday night will be the status of the Dolphins’ continued quarterback battle between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen. The good news is both signal callers have plenty of capable weapons at their disposal to feel good about their chances of winning the job.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The hype surrounding Jameis Winston, Mike Evans and, of course, Chris Godwin can’t get much higher. But the status of the Buccaneers’ backfield is still up in the air ahead of the team’s Week 1 matchup against the 49ers.
Peyton Barber seems to have the lead for now, as he out-snapped Ronald Jones eight-to-four during Winston’s 10 snaps last week (per Adam Levitan).
Barber wasn’t anyone’s idea of an efficient rusher in 2018 (3.7 yards per carry), but does perhaps deserve some slack for the Bucs’ consistent pass-first mindset as well as the league’s 31st-ranked offensive line in adjusted line yards per rush.
Barker ranked 13th in total broken tackles in 2018, ahead of Alvin Kamara, Todd Gurley, Joe Mixon and David Johnson (among others).
Ultimately, the Buccaneers’ continued inability to stop the pass against Pittsburgh makes me side with the visitors in this matchup.
PICK: Dolphins +3