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NFL Picks: Falcons and Dolphins Begin Their Journey
August 11, 2023
The exhilaration is palpable as NFL season dawns upon us once more. The battleground is set for the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins, who will mark the commencement of this season with a face-off at this Friday night. Hard Rock Stadium in Miami will resonate with the roaring cheers of expectant fans. The dynamics of the NFC South saw the Falcons end last season at 7-10, while the Dolphins, with their 9-8 score, made a narrow entrance into the playoffs. The two teams are now recharged and filled with aspirations for a postseason ticket and better NFL Lines.
BUSR NFL LINES:
Spread: Falcons -2.5 (-110), Dolphins +2.5 (-110)
Moneyline: Falcons -134, Dolphins +110
Total: Falcons O 36 (-110), Dolphins U 36 (-110)
Dolphins Dive Deep
Last season, the Dolphins sparkled like stars early on. But as fate would have it, their star quarterback, Tua
Tagovailoa, succumbed to a series of concussions, resulting in the team’s momentum dwindling. They, however,
managed to clinch a playoff spot, only to be ousted in a nail-biting wildcard round against the Buffalo Bills, 34-31. 2023 ushers in a rejuvenated Tagovailoa, surrounded by the likes of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. The NFL Odds look promising for the Dolphins this time around.
The NFL draft saw the Dolphins reinforcing their defense. The first pick in the second round, Cam Smith, a sterling cornerback from South Carolina, joined their ranks. On the offensive front, they welcomed running back Devon Achane from Texas A&M. Both rookies possess the potential to carve a place for themselves in the team. The offseason witnessed the arrival of Jalen Ramsey, although he’s currently sidelined due to injury. The team also added linebacker Bradley Chubb to their roster, with his Friday play status still under wraps. With an intriguing array of running backs and receivers, eyes will be on draft pick Elijah Higgins. While Tagovailoa’s appearance is unlikely, Mike White and Skylar Thompson are all geared up to step into the spotlight. Injury concerns linger over Tyreek Hill, Tanner Conner, Nik Needham, and Ramsey.
Falcons Ready to Soar
The Falcons’ previous season, while not a fairy tale, ended on a high note with back-to-back victories. Their 7-10
score in the NFC South was just a stride away from division leadership. With Tom Brady’s exit from Tampa Bay, Atlanta sees a glimmer of hope to clinch the division and secure a playoff berth. Much of this newfound optimism is credited to quarterback Desmond Ridder. Having been a rookie last season, Ridder was thrust into the spotlight late in the campaign, reinvigorating the team. He is surrounded by a stellar line-up that includes Drake London, Kyle Pitts, Tyler Allgeier, Bijan Robinson, and Cordarelle Patterson.
Details about Friday’s lineup remain shrouded in mystery. If tradition holds, the first preseason game may only offer glimpses of the main roster. This gives fans a chance to witness the mettle of backups such as Taylor Heinicke and Logan Woodside. The spotlight may also shine on rookie sensation Robinson. The wide receiver front is brimming with talent, vying for recognition and solidifying their position, including Scotty Miller, Khadrael Hodge, Frank Darby, Penny Hart, Josh Ali, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Injuries have cast a shadow over Jeff Okudah, Feleipe Franks, Ikenna Enechukwu, and Chris Blair.
As the showdown looms closer, Hard Rock Stadium waits in anticipation. The journey to glory is long and winding, and
for the Falcons and Dolphins, it all begins this Friday night with BUSR. National Football League Preseason is here and we are ready to enjoy some great football.