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Dolphins vs Ravens NFL Week 2 Picks, Predictions

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Megan Briggs/Getty Images. Pictured: Tua Tagovailoa (left) and Tyreek Hill.

  • The Ravens are favored in a matchup of 1-0 teams against the Dolphins.
  • Baltimore beat the Jets on the road last week, while Miami won against New England at home.
  • Landon Silinsky breaks down the game and makes his pick below.

Dolphins vs. Ravens Odds

Sunday, Sept. 18
1 p.m. ET
CBS
Dolphins Odds
Spread Total Moneyline
+3.5
-115
44
-110o / -110u
+148
Ravens Odds
Spread Total Moneyline
-3.5
-105
44
-110o / -110u
-175
Odds via Caesars. Get up-to-the-minute NFL odds here.

The Dolphins head to Baltimore in what should be one of the more exciting games on the Week 2 slate. Both of these teams took care of business rather easily in their season openers against the Patriots and Jets, respectively.

The main thing to watch for is the Dolphins’ dynamic receiving corps against what’s expected to be an undermanned Baltimore secondary. More on that below.

Lamar Jackson was injured for the majority of last season, but he’s back healthy and the Ravens have Super Bowl aspirations once more. This will be a tough test though, as Mike McDaniel has already shown he has the chops to be a head coach in the NFL.

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Dolphins vs. Ravens Matchup Analysis

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Dolphins vs. Ravens DVOA Breakdown
Offense
Defense
Edge
Overall DVOA 16 8
Pass DVOA 13 10
Rush DVOA 15 14
Offense
Defense
Edge
Overall DVOA 3 9
Pass DVOA 3 7
Rush DVOA 26 17

The Dolphins came out guns blazing last week against the Patriots as they led the NFL in pass rate over expectation in Mike McDaniel’s first game as head coach.

The new-look offense made it a priority to get Tyreek Hill — who saw a team-high 12 targets — the ball. Jaylen Waddle also looked phenomenal, notably scoring a 42-yard touchdown. On defense, Miami absolutely overwhelmed Mac Jones, sacking him twice and forcing both an interception and fumble.

On the Ravens’ side, they barely broke a sweat against the Jets, though they did not leave the game unscathed. Cornerback Kyle Fuller tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season, while fellow CB Marlon Humphrey suffered a groin injury and is questionable to play.

As expected, they were not able to run the ball with any kind of success, but that could change this week as star running back J.K. Dobbins (knee; questionable) could return from his torn ACL. Lamar Jackson predictably shredded the Jets’ secondary for three touchdowns and looked good while doing so.

Betting Picks

We saw Miami’s defense have success both last season and in last week’s opener, but Jackson is not Mac Jones. The dual-threat QB is playing for a new contract and I expect him to show off his skills as a pocket passer this season.

Having said that, the loss of Fuller hurts and if Humphrey also misses this contest, the Dolphins will have a massive edge in the passing game, specifically the short game with Hill and Waddle.

The Ravens allowed the 12th-highest catch rate in the NFL to wide receivers last week, and now they’re even thinner in the secondary. McDaniel appears to know how to exploit weaknesses, so I will take the points with Miami in this one.

Pick: Dolphins +3.5 | Bet to 3

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