Both teams finished the football betting season at 11-5 and head into 2009 as definite contenders.
NFL betting favors the Falcons in this game but not by a lot. The Dolphins have a solid team led by quarterback Chad Pennington who easily could have won the MVP award last season. Pennington threw for 3,653 yards, 19 touchdowns and only had seven interceptions. Miami also impacted football betting with their rushing attack as Ronnie Brown had 214 carries for 916 yards with 10 touchdowns while Ricky Williams added 659 yards and four touchdowns. Miami added Pat White and Brian Hartline in the draft to upgrade their offense and they brought back Jason Taylor to help the defense.
On the other side of the ball we have the Atlanta Falcons who are looking for another great season behind their quarterback of the future Matt Ryan. Atlanta finished second in their division last season to Carolina and looks to better that with a division title this season.
The Falcons are led by quarterback Matt Ryan who threw for 3,440 yards and 16 TDs as NFL betting stats have it. Atlanta added tight end Tony Gonzalez from the Chiefs so they should be more potent offensively and impact NFL betting.
Miami heads into the NFL betting season off a perfect preseason while Atlanta went 2-2. NFL betting stats have the Dolphins at 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog. Miami has started poorly in recent seasons in NFL betting going 1-7-2 ATS in their last 10 games in September
On the other side, the Falcons are 9-2 against the NFL betting number in their last 11 games in Week 1 of the NFL betting season.
As you look at the NFL betting total remember that the Over is 5-1 in the Dolphins last 6 games in September. That is one of the few football betting trends that points to an over. The Under is 4-1 in the Dolphins last 5 games as an NFL betting underdog and the Under is 4-1 in the Dolphins last 5 road games. The Over is 9-3 in the Falcons last 12 home games and the Under is 9-4 in the Falcons last 13 games as a football betting favorite.