Kickoff from Invesco Field is set for 4:05 ET. None of the NFL betting trends are going to look pretty for those looking to back Denver, as it is just 1-8-1 ATS in nine meetings against the Fish since 1985; Miami went 7-2 SU in those games.
It was a game that QB Chad Pennington classified as a “must-win” for Miami (3-4, 4-3 ATS) when it took on Buffalo over the weekend. The game wasn’t the prettiest the Dolphins ever played, but they got the job done with a 25-16 victory over the division-leading Bills. Beating the football betting line has been a snap of late for NFL betting fans backing the Fish.
They are now 4-1 ATS in their L/5 and covered those four by an average of 15.3 points per game. Pennington has proven to be an invaluable off-season acquisition, as the former Marshall star has thrown for 1,710 yards and is leading the 6th ranked passing attack in the NFL (246.9 yards per game).
Denver (4-3, 1-5-1 ATS) had a bye from pro football betting action last weekend, and it couldn’t have come at a better point in time for HC Mike Shanahan and the Broncos. They had lost their L/2 to Jacksonville and New England by a combined score of 65-24 and haven’t beaten the NFL betting line since the opening Monday night of the season.
After opening up the ’08 campaign with three straight games scoring at least 34 points, Denver has crashed back to earth, averaging just 14.8 points per game in its L/4. The Broncos haven’t reached the 20-point plateau once during that stretch. That’s awful news for a defense which still ranks 30th in the league in yards per game allowed (396) and 29th in points allowed (27.9).
Earlier in the season, you’d think that this line would be a bit higher, but the Broncos are only 3.5-point favorites on Sunday. The ‘total’ is set at 49. Which one of these teams will get one step closer towards the postseason?