Miami Dolphins vs Detroit Lions Preview (10/30/22): Betting Odds, Prediction, Depth Charts

The 4-3 Miami Dolphins are hoping to assert themselves in a competitive AFC East race with a win over the 1-5 Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday. While the Dolphins defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 16-10 on the heels of QB Tua Tagovailoa’s return last week, the Detroit Lions suffered a 24-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. With two teams trending in opposite directions, let’s take a look at the odds, preview, injuries, depth charts, and key matchup to find the best bet for this matchup. 

Miami Dolphins vs Detroit Lions Odds

The Miami Dolphins are -3 point favorites to the Lions +3. On the moneyline, the Dolphins are -180 moneyline favorites to the Lions +150. The over/under is set at 51.5. 

Miami Dolphins vs Detroit Lions Preview & Prediction

For a team that nearly scores 40 points a game, the Lions 6-point showing against a banged-up Cowboys defense had to be the low point of the season for this team so far. Despite the 1-5 record, the Lions’ ability to dazzle on offense through the earlier season, gave this team a new flavor and pazzaz that it lacked over the last decade plus. The rout last Sunday though, connotated the same pessimistic feelings of old, so much so that Lions owner Sheila Hamp had to publicly reaffirm her support for the franchise’s direction. With the Dolphins’ secondary injured beyond belief, perhaps the Lions’ offense can get back on track this week. 

The Dolphins’ win over the Steelers last week was their ugliest of the season. After the team’s first drive, one would’ve thought Miami’s offense was inevitably going to score 40 points. The team ended with 16 total, all of which came in the first half. While Miami’s defense held strong, the team lost safety Brandon Jones to a season-ending ACL tear during the game. With injuries already plaguing the secondary, Miami’s defense faces a Detroit team that can either explode or self-destruct on offense. 

The Lions’ offense struggles can largely be attributed to the team’s disastrous turnover-differential of -1.0 (30 of 32). With five turnovers last week, including two thrown interceptions by Jared Goff, the Lions’ offense cannot afford to sleep on the Miami secondary – no matter the injuries – as this group’s back-ups have shown resilience that can be encapsulated in DB Noah Igbinoghene’s game-winning interception against Pittsburgh last week. Especially with Goff under center, expect DC Josh Boyer’s underrated pass-rush to blitz at a high-clip against a Detroit offensive line that allowed 5 sacks last week. 

Forgetting last week’s dismal performance, Mike McDaniel and the Dolphins’ offense have to show more muster if they’re going to contend for a playoff spot. Tagovailoa has to perform better and shake-off the rust accumulated from three weeks missed if the offense is to have any shot at reviving its former 3-0 self. Facing a defense that allows 32.6 points per game, I expect the Miami Dolphins offense to settle in and find its footing and  prove the 3-0 start wasn’t just a fluke. With Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle in thee top five in league-wide passing yard rankings, there is no reason why Tua shouldn’t throw for over 300 yards in this one. While EDGE Aidan Hutchinson leads a pass-rush that may get the best of the Dolphins’ weak offensive line at times, the Tua to Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle connection will get the best of this weak Lions secondary unit. 

Dolphins 28 | Lions 13

Dolphins vs Lions Betting Trends

  • Dolphins are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.
  • Lions are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.

Dolphins vs Lions Key Injuries

Detroit Lions
-RB D. Swift (Probable)
-WR A. St. Brown (Probable)
-DE C. Harris (Questionable)

Miami Dolphins
-LT Terron Armstead (Questionable)
-CB Xavien Howard (Questionable)
-CB Kader Kohou (Questionable)
-WR Jaylen Waddle (Questionable)

Dolphins vs Lions Key Matchup

Lions Rushing Attack versus Dolphins’ Run Defense

The Dolphins’ defense ranks 7th in opposing rushing yards per game, only allowing 103.3 ypg. They’ll have a tough task against a Lions’ rushing attack that ranks 7th in rushing yards per game with a back-field that boasts De’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams. With defensive anchor Melvin Ingram taken off of the injury report this week, expect this to be an even matchup that will set the tone of the game. 

Advantage: Push

Miami Dolphins Depth Chart

QB: Tua Tagovailoa
RB1: Raheem Mostert
RB2: Chase Edmundss
LWR: Jaylen Waddle
RWR: Cedrick Wilson
SWR: Tyreek Hill
TE1: Mike Gesicki

Detroit Lions Depth Chart

QB: Jared Goff
RB1: De’Andre Swift
RB2: Jamaal Williams
LWR: Kalif Raymond
RWR: Amon-ra St.Brown
SWR: Josh Reynolds
TE1: TJ Hockenson

Carson Marsh graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication with special focus on Sports Media from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, Carson has worked in journalism as a field reporter for WeAreSC.com, the longest-running publication exclusively dedicated to USC football and also worked in the social media department with the Las Vegas Raiders.

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