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Dolphins or Saints? NFL bloggers debate who will cover

Two undefeated teams go in. Only one comes out. The 3-0 Miami Dolphins visit the 3-0 New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Oddsmakers have set the hometown Saints as 6.5-point favorites.

In order to get a better grasp on the Monday nighter, we’ve enlisted the help of those who know these teams the best. Expert NFL bloggers Cody Strahm of Dolphins blog “Dolphins Gab” and Andrew Juge of Saints blog “Saints Nation” strap on the helmets and butt heads over which team will not only win but cover the spread Monday.

WHY MIAMI WILL COVER



Cody Strahm is the editor of Dolphins Gab. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @DolphinsGab.


Tannehill better than advertised

The numbers have been impressive for sophomore quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Through three weeks, Tannehill ranks in the Top 10 in quarterback rating, completion percentage and yards per attempt. But he’s essentially been putting the offense on his back with virtually no help from his running game or pass protection, which makes those statistics considerably more impressive. Give Tannehill some help on Monday night, and the sky is the limit for this Dolphins offense.

Dolphins disrespected

Only two teams are bigger underdogs than the 3-0 Dolphins in Week 4. Yes, the Saints are 3-0 too. Yes, they’re playing at home on Monday Night Football, where they’ve historically been very good. But these Dolphins are no pushover.

Miami is arguably a more proven team than New Orleans looking at this season alone. Both teams have beaten the dangerous Falcons by a slim margin at home. That’s a wash. But that was the Saints’ only quality win. Barely edging the lowly Buccaneers and pouring it on the inept Cardinals hardly constitutes an impressive feat.

Miami playing with house money

Judging by the spread, nobody expects the Dolphins to win this game. And this really isn’t a game the Dolphins absolutely need to have either. The pressure was on Joe Philbin’s team in Weeks 1 and 2. Given the gauntlet schedule they are currently in the midst of, beating the Browns and Colts was crucial.

After beating both teams, then topping the Falcons at home a week ago, the Dolphins are sitting pretty at 3-0. Miami’s fanbase established 3-2 by the bye week as the goal for the first five games of the season. Well, the Dolphins have already met those expectations. The pressure will be off on Monday Night Football.

WHY NEW ORLEANS WILL COVER



Andrew Juge writes for Saints Nation. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @SaintsNationBlg.

History with Sean Payton

The Saints are 9-2 in games coached by Sean Payton on Monday night and many of those were huge blowouts at home against very good teams. No coach is better at preparing his team for big primetime games. Payton is a fantastic motivator, but also very good at eliminating any distractions his team may face the week of a big game. The Saints will be ready and focused.

Brees' Monday magic

Drew Brees is 10-2 on Monday Night as a Saint (played one game last year without Payton as the coach). Only two of those games have been away, both wins, so the Saints are 8-2 at home with Drew Brees at quarterback on Monday night.

Further, they usually cover the spread. In those 10 games combined, the Saints won by an average of 14 points (this includes subtract the points in losses). They have wins by 25, 29, 20, 20, 22, 21, 8 and 15, covering the spread on each occasion. So they're not only 8-2 overall, they're 8-2 covering the spread on MNF. Brees is obviously a big part of that. He typically performs well averaging 300 yards passing over 12 games.

Miami is a young 3-0

Sometimes managing the hype and excitement of being 3-0, especially when you're a young and inexperienced team, is tough. This will be a stern test for the undefeated Dolphins going on the road on Monday night football, especially playing a team like the Saints (who are also undefeated).

The Saints are on the heels of a 31-7 home win and their offense and defense are ranked sixth and fourth in the league respectively. The spread is under a touchdown and there will be a lot of distractions to manage for Miami. The Saints will be prepared and they are a safe bet because of it.

Join the debate. Who covers the spread Monday night: Dolphins or Saints?

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Posted by MUCTIM
11 months ago

Saint 21and Miami 17
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Posted by MUCTIM
11 months ago

Saint 21and Miami 17
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Posted by MUCTIM
11 months ago

Saint 21and Miami 17
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Posted by MUCTIM
11 months ago

Saint 21and Miami 17
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Posted by MUCTIM
11 months ago

Saint 21and Miami 17
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Posted by MUCTIM
11 months ago

Saint 21and Miami 17
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Posted by MUCTIM
11 months ago

Saint 21and Miami 17
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Posted by MUCTIM
11 months ago

Saint 21and Miami 17
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Posted by MUCTIM
11 months ago

Saint 21and Miami 17
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Posted by magicman1642
11 months ago

Sure ill tease it. I got saints-1 and over 42.5. 1.5 units. Also like team total over 27.5 for the saints. Gl all enjoy the game. Good chance there's an undefeated season out there for one of the 4-0 teams left, but it won't be one of thee teams.
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Posted by WinsNow999
11 months ago

NFL WEEK 4 recap. there were three huge favorite teams this week in the schedule; and teams Indianapolis -530 and Denver -600 - Saints -350 . Two were cashed in so far, leave only Siants money line for MNF. Uhm! Vegas wont give out candy easily here. Miami Money line is worth to take it. My point is in one weekend (NFL); there is one huge dog moneyline got cashed in. THIS WEEK IS HAPPENED TO BE miami ml. GOOD LUCK TO ALL.
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Posted by betipickem
11 months ago

If you read my response yesterday then you have picked up with the pats. The great Tom Brady reminds me of the Great F. Mayweather. But on the other hand D. Breeds has j graham an some hurt receivers. Slightly run game but are at home. Fins a young talented team that can be dangerous. A 7.5 point spread! Wow!! Are the fins that bad or are the saints just that good? Whenever there's turf than expect the game to be fast pace. Expect the fins to go deep with mike Wallace. With that being said whoever wins the turnover battle will win the game. Saints- 34 Fins- 30
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Posted by CajunBetter
11 months ago

Saints 42 Dolphons 24 Over and Saints All night
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Posted by vikingfan12
11 months ago

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Posted by vikingfan12
11 months ago

i hate the aints but they will cover with or without cameron wake, u just cant win there on MNF, aints by 10+
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Posted by vikingfan12
11 months ago

i hate the aints but they will cover with or without cameron wake, u just cant win there on MNF, aints by 10+
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Posted by Masb270
11 months ago

The Saints have a reputation for blowout wins on Monday Night Football. READ IT CLEARLY - TOP OF PAGE IF YOU HAVENT NOTICED!!!!
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Posted by sachmad
11 months ago

like saints an over
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Posted by tomnolan
11 months ago

i dont see dolphins covering without wake!!!!
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Posted by Little-Giant
11 months ago

No one sees value in the Dolphins money line here? They are -300. You don't think the Dolphins are better than 1/3 to win this game? The Saints are not that good. Its gonna be teal and orange all over the place.
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Posted by Syddigs
11 months ago

@llana If you are as good as you say you are then why are you hedging? Even worse is that you claim to already be a winner so there is no need for you to hedge this game if you are free rolling. If you weren't confident about this game then you should have left it out of your teaser in the first place. Pussies hedge, and even bigger pussies hedge teasers.
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Posted by LIanafranks5
11 months ago

Hedge if you're good like me you're guaranteed profit, it doesn't matter who wins this one. lol hit 16 out of 17 so far on my teaser...so I am already a winner here, last game saints +2.5 I am hedging with Miami ML and probably on the spread too. Best situation will be Miami winning by 2 pts
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Posted by Masb270
11 months ago

Teasers are exactly what it is --- A TEASE!!!! The ones who play them are exactly that,,,,, Save post space for real bettors to discuss the nickel str bets please. Yous are nothing but petty distractions on forums like this.
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Posted by PatsWinATS
11 months ago

I like the Fish +7.5, Over MNF and Saints had some lucky bounces last week. Pats Fan too. This Dolphin team will be in the playoffs.
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Posted by skoda
11 months ago

Saints just a pk-em vs. Bears week 5 = Miami ATS
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Posted by sting74ray
11 months ago

"road warriors-Dolphins!"