8:30 PM ET, November 11, 2013
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Tonight the Miami Dolphins will meet the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the Florida team tries to move past a week full of headlines involving alleged internal harassment between players and a NFL investigation into the matter.
YouWager oddsmakers know that a second straight victory would move Miami (4-4) above .500 and get them back into the forefront of the AFC wild-card discussion.
The Dolphins have had a streaky first eight games, winning their first three before dropping the next four. A 22-20 overtime victory versus the Cincinnati Bengals at home Thursday night ended with a safety when Cameron Wake sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
Behind Lamar Miller’s first career 100-yard rushing day, the Dolphins’ ground game has continually gained steam in recent weeks. Miller ran for 105 yards on 16 carries, helping Miami set a season high (157) for the third straight week after they totaled 156 and 120 yards in the previous two football games.
The Dolphins forced four turnovers for the first time this year and the QB Ryan Tannehill didn’t throw an interception after tossing four in his previous two games. Miami lost one fumble and evened their NFL season turnover ratio heading into the Bucs game.
The 25 year-old quarterback was 20 of 28 for 208 yards, but was sacked three times. Tannehill absorbed three or more in seven of eight games, giving him an NFL-high 35.
Tampa Bay (0-8) is still winless after blowing a fourth-quarter lead for the fourth time this season in Sunday’s 27-24 defeat versus the Seattle Seahawks.
The Bucs led 21-0 late in the second quarter, but didn’t score after Rian Lindell’s 33-yard field goal with 9:48 left in the third gave them a 24-7 lead. Seattle scored the final 20 points, including the winning field goal in overtime.