Dolphins vs. Panthers Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 13, 2018

Cam Newton and company will attempt to double down against another AFC East rival when they host the Miami Dolphins this Friday night.

Miami
7-9
AT
August 17, 2018, 7:30 PM ET
Bank of America Stadium
Carolina
7-9
Pointspread +3 -110
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +42
Pointspread -3 -110
Moneyline -160
Over / Under u +42

The Carolina Panthers are coming off an impressive win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 of the pre-season. The Panthers are looking to set the tone with a winning attitude throughout the exhibition schedule as they attempt to prepare for a tough road to the post-season out of the NFC South. Meanwhile, Miami is looking to bounce back from a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in its pre-season opener. Here is a closer look at the matchup heading in to Week 2 of the pre-season.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Dolphins have gone 4-5 in two pre-seasons under head coach Adam Gase. They are 2-1 in Week 1 but are 0-2 in Week 2 and 1-1 in the final two weeks.

Meanwhile, Carolina is 13-7 in its last 20 pre-season games under head coach Ron Rivera dating back to 2013. Clearly, he values these games a little more. That was on display last week when the Panthers scored 21 points after the half – including 14 in the fourth quarter. They were trying until the end.

Miami Dolphins

Dolphins fans had reason for optimism despite opening the pre-season with a loss to the Buccaneers. After all, franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill was back on the field for the first time since missing all of last season with a serious knee injury. Tannehill went 4-of-6 for 32 yards but showed enough for fans to get excited about his prospects for 2018. Tannehill could see more snaps this week as he attempts to get his timing down, especially with new receivers like Danny Amendola. Meanwhile, David Fales and Brock Osweiler will continue to see the bulk of the snaps for Miami as they compete for the backup job. Fales had the better performance in the Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay as he went 8-of-11 for 115 yards. Osweiler went 10-of-21 for 83 yards through the air. This is should be a decent quarterback rotation but Osweiler continues to be a mess.

As for the running backs, the Dolphins did have 116 yards on 22 carries. While it’s mostly a no-name group outside of Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage, Senorise Perry and Buddy Howell all did fairly well. The Over is 3-0 in Miami’s last three pre-season games. If the Dolphins defense isn’t better this week, there is a good chance this game will go over the total as well.

Carolina Panthers

Newton led the way for Carolina in its pre-season win over Buffalo, completing 6-of-9 pass attempts for 84 yards. Newton should see a few more snaps this week but the Panthers will be wary of any injury potential injury risk that would come with keeping him in for too long. That might not matter much if Taylor Heinicke and Garrett Gilbert look as good as they did in last week’s win over Buffalo. Heinicke and Gilbert combined to go 14-of-21 for 214 yards and two touchdowns in that victory. That’s good news for the Panthers as they’ve been looking for a good backup.

The Panthers ground game had issues last week, combining for just 53 yards on 26 carries. That’s even with Christian McCaffrey, C.J. Anderson, Kenjon Barner and Cameron Artis-Payne – veterans who play regular season games – see some action. One would expect them to be better.

Dolphins vs. Panthers Prediction

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