The Carolina Panthers are still looking for their first win in 2023, which makes their trip to Miami to take on the 4-1 Dolphins ominous. The Dolphins hung 70 points on Denver three weeks ago, showing that they can score in bunches on vulnerable defenses. The Panther defense has a number of defensive starters on the injury list: Donte Jackson, Xavier Woods, Marquis Haynes Sr, Shaq Thompson, and Jaycee Horn are all either out or questionable for Sunday. The role of Jeremy Chinn, who entered the league as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 system and wowed observers, but who has moved back to safety, is now in question after he has had difficulties in pass coverage. Read on to find our Panthers vs Dolphins prediction.
Week 6 NFL Panthers vs Dolphins Betting Odds: The sports betting on this game has pushed the line in Miami’s direction – the line opened at Miami -10.5 but has jumped since then.
When: Sunday, October 15, 2023, 1:00 pm ET
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Radio: WRFX 99.7 FM Charlotte / WINZ 940 AM Miami
Live Stream: ESPN+
NFL Odds: Miami -13.5 / O/U 47.5 // Miami -900 / Carolina +600
Why should you bet on the Carolina Panthers?
Last week, the Panthers got off to a slow start against Detroit, and the Lions took advantage, jumping out to an early 14-0 lead and a 28-10 advantage at the half. The Lions were able to pick up 5.3 yards per carry in the running game. Bryce Young threw for 247 yards and three scores for the Panthers, but he also turned the ball over twice, which is one reason why the Panthers ended up losing by that same 18-point margin.
Offense is a struggle for the Panthers as they acclimate their rookie quarterback to the NFL. they are 25th in the NFL in scoring (18.2 points per game) and 23rd in total yardage (294.4). They only get touchdowns on 53.8% of their trips into the red zone (18th overall). Young is only averaging 5.2 yards per completion, showing some hesitancy to throw the ball down the field. His top target has been Adam Thielen, who came over from Minnesota in free agency (38 catches, 394 yards, 3 TD). The scoring defense is 28th in the league, permitting 28.8 points per game). They have 14 sacks and four interceptions, mustering the fifth-best passing defense, but they give up 140.8 yards per game on the ground, ranking 26th. They permit opponent touchdowns on 68.4% of their red zone trips, which ranks 28th.
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Why should you put your money on the Miami Dolphins?
Two weeks ago, the Dolphins got shut down in Buffalo, 48-20, but they bounced back to demolish the New York Giants last week, almost doubling up their offensive yardage output. Tailback De’Von Achane rumbled for 151 yards on just 11 carries, and Raheem Mostert had 65 yards on 10 carries. Tua Tagovailoa went 22 of 30 for 308 yards. The Dolphins’ run defense held the Giants to only 2.9 yards per carry.
The Dolphins lead the NFL in scoring at 36.2 points per game and in yardage, putting up 513.6 yards per game. In passing (327.8) and rushing (185.8), they lead the offense in both categories. They also are tops in red zone touchdown percentage (76.1%). Tagovailoa’s connection with Tyreek Hill has been particularly strong (36 catches, 651 yards, 5 TD). Achane does have an injury keeping him out, but Mostert has the speed to keep the rushing going. The Miami defense permits 27.0 points per game, ranking 26th, so there will be opportunities for the Panthers, but we saw in the Giants game what Miami can do to a struggling attack.
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Panthers vs Dolphins Final Score and Prediction
I think Bryce Young will do great things in the NFL, but he won’t do a lot of them against Miami this week. I see the Dolphins taking charge of this game early and rolling to a big win. I predict a final score of Miami 48, Carolina 16.
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