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Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers Betting Preview

Sunday Night Football features a battle of AFC East versus West as the Miami Dolphins (8-4) square off with the Los Angeles Chargers (6-6). The Chargers will host this one at SoFi Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 8:20 pm ET.

Miami comes into this one off of a road loss last week to the San Francisco 49ers, 33-17. In the defeat, Tua Tagovailoa threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns, but he also had two interceptions. Tyreek Hill led the receivers with 146 yards and a touchdown.

The Chargers also walked away from last week with a loss as they were beaten by the Las Vegas Raiders 27-20. Justin Herbert threw for 335 yards and a touchdown, but the offense could do little else. Austin Ekeler led the ground game with just ten rushes for 35 yards.

The Dolphins are the favorites in this one despite playing on the road. They are -180 to win, while the Chargers’ moneyline sits at +152. The spread features Los Angeles +3.5 (-118), and the over/under for total points is 53.5.

Dolphins Look For Improved Road Play

While they are 5-1 at home this season, the Dolphins have been a bit more mediocre on the road, going 3-3 overall. On Sunday night, they will look to push that road record above .500.

Leading the offense for the Dolphins is quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. On the season, he has thrown for 2,859 yards, 21 touchdowns, and just five interceptions.

Tagovailoa’s favorite targets to this point have been Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Hill leads the team with 96 receptions for 1,379 yards. He also has five touchdowns on the year. For Waddle, he has secured 57 receptions for 972 yards and six touchdowns.

As a unit, the Dolphins rank eighth in the league in scoring, averaging 24.9 points per game (26.2 on the road). On defense, however, they rank just 26th, allowing opponents an average of 24.1 points per game (32.8 on the road).

Chargers Look For Improved Play At Home

While the Dolphins have struggled a bit on the road this year, it is at home that the Chargers have had their woes. To date, they are 4-3 on the road, but they are just 2-3 at SoFi Stadium. They will get back to .500 at home if they can win as underdogs Sunday.

Like Miami, the Chargers’ defense has struggled this season. They currently rank 30th in the league in scoring defense, allowing 25.8 points per game (28 at home). In terms of pass defense, where Miami’s offense is strongest, the Chargers rank just 19th, allowing 220.1 yards per game.

Under center, quarterback Justin Herbert will lead the 14th-ranked offense in the NFL, averaging 22.7 points per game. This season, Herbert has thrown for 3,339 yards, 20 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

Luckily for Herbert, he should have a full complement of receivers as both Mike Williams (510 yards, three touchdowns) and Austin Ekeler (564 yards, five touchdowns), and Keenan Allen (308 yards, two touchdowns) are expected to play.

Speaking of Ekeler, he also leads the team in rushing. In 12 games, he has rushed 138 times for 589 yards and seven touchdowns.

Take Dolphins To Win And Cover

Expect a shootout on Sunday night. With two offenses that can put points up in bunches, this is a game that could easily surpass the 53.5 point over (-115).

Beyond that, the best play feels like Miami in this one. Despite coming off of a loss, Brandon Staley’s squad in Los Angeles has just seemed out of sorts this season, and Miami’s offense should be able to carve up their porous defense.

While the Chargers should be able to put points on the board in primetime, too, they may have a hard time keeping up with the Dolphins when it is all said and done.

This one could be a close one, but Miami should still have enough to both win and to cover the modest -3.5 point spread (-104).

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