Dolphins vs. Cardinals Point Spread: NFL Week 9 Odds, Prediction

Nik Kowalski | Updated Nov 05, 2020

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Tua Tagovailoa’s NFL debut last Sunday wasn’t overly successful with 93 yards on 12 completions, but a double-digit win is what mattered.

Miami
10-6
AT
November 08, 2020, 4:25 PM ET
State Farm Stadium
Arizona
8-8
Pointspread +6 -110
Moneyline +222
Over / Under o +49

32%

Betting Action

68%

Pointspread -6 -110
Moneyline -269
Over / Under u +49

32%

Betting Action

68%

If you told the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals their meeting in Week 9 would be a game in which both teams entered with winning records, they’d surely take it. It’s the reality of Sunday afternoon’s contest at State Farm Stadium with the Dolphins 4-3 and Cardinals 5-2.

A battle between QB1s — literally — in Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray is set to showcase some of the league’s future, as both teams’ offences rank in the NFL’s top half.

NFL Week 9 Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Miami hasn’t been so kind to the NFC West in 2020, and they’ve seen the division a ton with this being their fourth game in five weeks against the league’s top foursome. The Dolphins have the edge over Arizona head-to-head to, going 9-3 in career meetings and winning the first eight.

It’s safe to say Murray won’t be asking for any advice from his fellow divisional quarterbacks. In three games against the NFC West, Miami’s picked off five passes and got eight total turnovers. The Cardinals meanwhile are 2-0 versus the NFC West themselves, and enter Week 9 off a bye. Oddsmakers favour Arizona at home, they are currently 4.5-point favourites.

Miami Dolphins

Tagovailoa’s NFL debut last Sunday wasn’t overly successful with 93 yards on 12 completions, but a double-digit win is what really mattered. The Dolphins are winners of three straight, which makes benching Ryan Fitzpatrick in favour of their prodigy pivot easier to swallow.

Tua time will have go get cooking though, as starting running back Myles Gaskin is out with a sprained MCL and Matt Breida is battling a hamstring. That could leave Patrick Laird or Jordan Howard as the starting back.

It’s the Dolphins defence driving the bus right now anyways, allowing 34 points in their last three outings combined. Opposing offences are scoring a league-worst 18.6 points against on Miami, a unit fielding underrated ballers such as Xavien Howard and Emmanuel Ogbah.

Arizona Cardinals

If Kliff Kingsbury was drilling any message into his players’ brains during their bye, it’s that they’re a game out of last. Arizona may be without starting running back Kenyan Drake in Week 9 too, but would have Chase Edmonds and his 6.1 yards per carry to fill the starting spot.

Plus, Murray and company have been putting in work. Murray’s still first among NFL pivots with 62.4 rushing yards per game, and his offence is averaging a league-best 419 yards per showing. A bye week wasn’t enough for anyone to catch DeAndre Hopkins either. He still leads the NFL in receptions (57) and receiving yards (704).

The Cardinals bend but don’t break defence is where they may see issues, ranking 22nd in yards against but just ninth in points against.

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