The Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals are ready to play each other for Week 9 festivities on Sunday, with both teams riding three-game winning streaks. The game is set to start at 4:25 pm ET inside State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and will be televised on CBS.
The Dolphins and Cardinals have a brief history between each other. Over the past 50 years, they’ve only seen each other a total of 12 times. Believe it or not, the Dolphins own a 9-3 record over the Cardinals, proving to be dominant each time they match up head-to-head.
The Cardinals’ three victories against Miami came from 2004-2012, which is important to note because the Dolphins won the first eight meetings between these two teams from 1972-1999. The Dolphins also won their last meeting in 2016 with a score of 26-23.
Miami Dolphins Betting Preview: Can They Win Their 4th-Straight?
The Miami Dolphins started the season 0-2 and looked like they were going to see similar results this year as other years in the recent past. They’ve rebounded well over the past five games, winning four of them against the Jaguars, 49ers, Jets, and Rams. The only game they’ve lost recently was against the Seahawks.
With three wins in a row, the Dolphins are now averaging 26.9 points and 332 yards per game. Their offense scores at an impressive clip but doesn’t move the ball as well. Their defense gives up a limited 18.6 points per game, which helps keep them in games, but they give up nearly 400 yards.
The Dolphins look extremely crisp lately now that Tua Tagovailoa is under center. He’s preparing for his second start of the season and his career. He came away with a win against the Rams last week but failed to amass 100 yards. He did, however, throw his first career TD pass.
Arizona Cardinals Betting Preview: Will the Cardinals Improve to 6-2?
The Arizona Cardinals also look crisp to start the season. They started 2-0 but lost their Week 3 and Week 4 matchup to bring them to 2-2. Since then, they’ve won three straight and now own a 5-2 record. They’re one game behind the Seahawks, who play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The Cardinals score more than the Dolphins at 29.0 points per game, but they’re prone to giving up more points on defense, averaging 20.9 points allowed per game. The Cardinals also move the ball really well, averaging nearly 425 yards per game and giving up 400.
Kyler Murray is showing much improvement this season. He currently has 1,847 yards, 13 touchdowns, and seven interceptions through the air. Kenyan Drake has added 512 yards on the ground and four touchdowns, but he’s currently injured. Murray has added 437 yards on the ground and seven rushing touchdowns.
Dolphins vs. Cardinals Betting Odds & Lines
Who do you think earns their fourth-straight victory on Sunday evening? BetOnline has the Arizona Cardinals with a 4.5-point advantage over the Miami Dolphins.
Free Betting Pick
Murray has been difficult to stop this season. He had 20 passing touchdowns last season in 16 games but already has 13 in seven games this season. He’s also on-pace to amass his yards total from last season. That’s not even what’s most impressive, though.
Murray is less than 100 yards away from amassing his rushing total from last year. He already has three more rushing touchdowns than last year. He’s going to make it difficult for Tagovailoa to get a win in his second career start.
Final Score 27-20, Arizona Cardinals.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Cardinals (-4.5)