Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1, 41)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been the NFL's poster boys for Team Discord for much of the season, but the Miami Dolphins have seized that mantle in the midst of an explosive soap opera developing in South Beach. The Dolphins will try to overcome a highly publicized rift by offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin when they visit the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. “The whole thing is kind of mind-blowing to me," Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill said.
The Dolphins will have 10 days between games since a stunning 22-20 overtime victory against Cincinnati that snapped a four-game losing streak, but new developments continue to emerge in the ongoing saga in which Martin left the team after accusing Incognito of repeated bullying. Tampa Bay is dealing with another gut-wrenching loss, blowing a 21-point lead in Seattle last week. Coach Greg Schiano has been on the hot seat amid reports that several players are unhappy with his demanding style
TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE: Tampa Bay opened at +3.5 home dogs, but have been bet up to +1. The total has move up slightly from 40.5 to 41.
WEATHER: Temperature will be in the mid 70s with a 7 percent chance of rain.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Miami (+3.0) - Tampa Bay (7.0) + home field (-3.0) = Dolphins -1
ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (4-4): Incognito has been suspended and Martin is on leave while the league goes forward with an investigation, leaving the players to deal with the fallout while attempting to stay in the postseason hunt. The most pressing on-field question for Miami is how to overcome the loss of 40 percent of an offensive line that has already allowed Tannehill to be a sacked a league-high 35 times. The Dolphins may have salvaged their season by rallying to beat Cincinnati after blowing a 14-point second-half lead for the second consecutive week. Running back Lamar Miller is coming off his first 100-yard day for Miami, which is averaging 156.5 yards rushing in the past two games.
ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (0-8): Tampa Bay's 27-24 overtime loss in Seattle was its fourth defeat by three or fewer points this season, prompting Schiano to say his squad did a lot of "things we can build off." Running back Doug Martin, who rushed for 1,454 yards as a rookie last season, has been sidelined with a torn labrum since Oct. 20 and could be headed to injured reserve. Rookie Mike James has been a capable replacement, running for a career-high 158 yards in last week's loss while rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has thrown five touchdown passes and zero interceptions over his past three games.
* Dolphins are 0-4 ATS in thier last four Monday night games.
* Buccaneers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
* Under is 5-1-1 in Dolphins last seven games overall.
* Over is 4-0 in Buccaneers last four games following a straight up loss.
1. Dolphins DE Cameron Wake had three sacks against the Bengals, including a game-winning safety in OT.
2. The Buccaneers rank 31st in scoring (15.5 points) and total offense (304.3 yards) per game.
3. Miami hasn't won in Tampa Bay since October 1988.