Dolphins Falcons Betting – Falcons Set Sights On NFC South; Dolphins Search For Identity
One year after finishing with the best record in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons open their preseason schedule at home against the Miami Dolphins looking for more. The Falcons fell short against the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers at home in their only playoff game last year, and after addressing weaknesses on both sides of the ball, head coach Mike Smith feels that his players have the tools to go all the way this sports betting bonus season.
Miami Dolphins @ Atlanta Falcons
Friday August 12, 2011 – 7:30 PM ET
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
NFL Betting Line: Atlanta Falcons – 3
While the Falcons are expected to finish at the top of one of the best divisions in the NFC, the Dolphins are still searching for an identity in one of the best divisions in the AFC. While the New England Patriots and New York Jets have both improved their rosters after making the playoffs a year ago, Miami has done little to address their personnel issues so far.
NFL Betting Preview: Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins will be looking internally for answers, as their only notable signing from this past offseason was the addition of Reggie Bush from the New Orleans Saints. Bush can be a playmaker on offense both running and catching the ball out of the backfield, but there are serious question marks about his durability and whether he can be a fulltime back. Bush and Daniel Thomas will carry the load on offense, and they will need to perform in order to open things up for whoever starts at quarterback. Chad Henne and Matt Moore are expected to fight for the job this preseason, a battle that hasn’t exactly inspired confidence from the Dolphins’ fan base.
NFL Betting Preview: Atlanta Falcons
There is no questioning who will be starting under center for the Falcons, as Matt Ryan continues to emerge as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL today. Ryan will have a new weapon to play with after Atlanta moved up and selected Julio Jones to line up opposite of Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White, and with Tony Gonzalez doing his thing at tight end the offensive options are scary. Michael Turner remains the workhorse at running back to complete the offense, while on the other side of the ball the Falcons added former Minnesota Vikings’ defensive end Ray Edwards to help with the pass rush.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
This game will represent two very different things for the two teams that will play in it. For the Falcons, it is another walkthrough to prepare for the regular season. For Miami, it is about finding the players that will start in the season opener, and developing some sort of sports betting chemistry as they look to compete in one of the toughest divisions in football. Expect for Atlanta to do what they can to get the hometown fans excited about their potential for this season.