NFL Week 13 Betting: Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins Odds, Prediction, and Pick

Oakland Raiders

This match-up that we have here is a pretty interesting one.  While the Miami Dolphins are only 3-8 overall, they had won three games in a row before losing by one on the road against a strong Dallas Cowboys team on Thanksgiving.  The Dolphins have shown that they have no interest in throwing in the towel on the season, and this week they’ll be at home against the division-leading Oakland Raiders, who are 7-4 overall.  Many people doubted the Raiders decision to trade for disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals, but the numbers don’t lie, and he has led this team to three wins straight right now.  The Raiders are 7-4 overall, but the 6-5 Denver Broncos aren’t letting them run away with this division, so every game is crucial right now.

The Raiders are going to need to rely heavily on that run game that has worked so well for them.  Regardless of which one is in there, their combination of Darren McFadden and Michael Bush is a scary tandem, and with the solid play of Carson Palmer as of late, the team looks poised to hold on to that lead in the AFC West.  As far as the Dolphins go, they need to keep doing what they are doing.  Matt Moore is playing very well, and the addition of Reggie Bush with the role that he’s in now with this offense is working very well.  Bush is running with a meaning, and he’ll definitely be a factor in this game.

This game kicks off at 1:00pm EST and will be played in Miami.

Odds and Sports Betting Line

Oakland Raiders: +3

Miami Dolphins: -3

Free Prediction

It’s REALLY tough to bet against a team who is leading their division and needs to keep on winning in order to hold on that divisional lead.  You can bet that this Raiders team is well aware of the Broncos right behind them, and that they are also aware of how well the Broncos are playing right now.  The Raiders are going to need to pull out this win, and they definitely have both the offensive and defensive firepower to do so.  As well as the Dolphins have been playing right now, they’re going to need to be on top of their game, and while I do think it’ll be a close one; I think that the Raiders will be too much in the end.  I’m taking the Raiders to win it by a few points when all is said and done.

Prediction:  Oakland Raiders- 21 Miami Dolphins- 17

Free Pick

It’s interesting that the Dolphins are actually favored by a full field goal.  While they have been playing well lately, the Raiders have been playing very, very well themselves also.  In my opinion, the Raiders are simply a better team overall, and I think that this will show on Sunday.  I like Bush to run wild this weekend, and in the end it won’t make much of a difference if McFadden plays or not.  I’m picking the Oakland Raiders +3, but I’ll also be putting a small bet on the Raiders straight up with the odds too.

Pick:  Oakland Raiders +3

Bonus Pick:  Oakland Raiders STRAIGHT +140