The Miami Dolphins host the undefeated New Orleans Saints, Thursday August 29th, as the Dolphins try to figure out possible starters, while the Saints will likely sit all starters. Both teams were hit by injuries last week, and now is the worst time to figure out their roster, two weeks ahead of the regular season. Miami second-year coach Joe Philbin fell to 1-7 SU in preseason games and Saints coach Sean Payton is only 1-6 SU in Week 4. NFL oddsmakers have listed the Dolphins as -6 point home favorites over the Saints with the over/under set at 36 points. Let’s preview the Saints vs Dolphins preseason meeting and be sure to get the current 2013 NFL Preseason Point Spreads now.
The Saints (3-0, 1-0 V) got a 31-23 road victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday night. QB Drew Brees threw for 104 yards and one touchdown before sitting out after the third possession. Backup QB Backup Luke McCown came in with 8 minutes left in the second quarter and finished with 118 yards and two touchdowns. Andy Tanner had 33 yards receiving with two touchdown receptions in the second half. With Marques Colston still out with a left foot injury, fifth-round draft pick Kenny Stills continued to impress with 54 yards receiving and one touchdown.
Saints LB’s Will Smith and Victor Butler are both dealing with serious knee injuries. Smith will be sidelined for the season with a knee injury, and Butler is recovering from knee surgery that will sideline him most or all of the season. The Saints have acquired LB Parys Haralson from the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday for an undisclosed 2014 draft pick. Haralson, 29, was a 16-game starter on the 2011 defense that ranked No. 1 stopping the run. A seven-year veteran, Haralson has 145 career tackles and 21½ sacks in 86 games.
The Dolphins (1-3, 0-1 H) lost at home to Tampa Bay 16-17 on Saturday. QB Ryan Tannehill completed 17 of 27 passes for 150 yards, as their starters netted 180 yards while playing the entire first half, their most extensive outing in four preseason games. Lamar Miller had the edge on Daniel Thomas in their competition for the job as Miami’s No. 1 running back. Miller had eight carries for 35 yards, including a 20-yard run on his first carry against the Bucs’ stout run defense. Thomas carried seven times for 3 yards.
The Dolphins outgained the Bucs 312-160 but lost the turnover contest 4-1. QB Ryan Tannehill has a 98.6 passer rating this preseason.
Coach Philbin was very concerned about the way his team finished the game last week against the Bucs, and was unhappy on almost every level. He was quoted as saying, “We didn’t play well enough at any phase of the game to win the game.” Even though he is visibly upset, I doubt he takes the fourth preseason game as his opportunity to fix many things. He will wait until this week is over and the team is preparing for the Browns before he starts to ride his guys harder.
With uncertainty in the abilities of the starting RB, its high time Lamar Miller – 13 games, 250 yards, 1 TD – be named the starting RB for the 2013 season. He’s outperformed Daniel Thomas – 12 games, 325 yards, 4 TDs and 3 fumbles – week after week. HC Joe Philbin continues to be reluctant to give the nod.
Dustin Keller was poised to be a big bonus for the increasingly relevant Miami Dolphins. That is, before he suffered what is likely the worst preseason injury among NFL teams. On Saturday, Keller was reported to have torn his ACL, MCL, and PCL, making him inoperative through the entire 2013 schedule.
New Orleans at Miami
When: Thursday, Aug 29th, 2013@7:30 PM ET
Pick: Dolphins -6
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