Listen to Big Ben, Miami Dolphins, it tolls for thee

October 9th, 2019 NFL Football

People who bet on NFL will surely favor the Pittsburgh Steelers and red-hot Ben Roethlisberger when they visit the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, October 16th. The NFL betting online odds for that game are as follows:

Steelers -7½ (-110) 47 (-110) 
Dolphins +7½ (-110) 47 (-110)

Big Ben chimed four times in a 31-13 win over the New York Jets in week 5. Roethlisberger threw for 380 yards and completed 34 of 47 passes, six of which went to wide receiver Sammie ‘Two’ Coates for a career-best 139 receiving yards and two TDs. Running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for 66 yards on 20 carries and added 88 yards on nine receptions. All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown had nine receptions for 78 yards and a score.

Brown has been fined several times for his celebratory dances, so this time he just gave the ball to a fan. That’s just plain sad. Dance if you wanna dance, please brother take a chance. Big Ben also threw a scoring pass to tight end Jesse James. If only the Jets had a player called Robert Ford on the roster, at least that TD could have been prevented.

As we all know, Dolphins are the clowns of the sea, and the Miami Dolphins (1-4) are not too far removed from that reputation. Things have gotten so bad that the local fans were booing starting QB Ryan Tannehill by the second quarter of their 17-30 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Well, most of them were booing; at least one was saying boo-urns. This finally answers that long-standing question; can one actually boo a dolphin?

Turns out one can, though I’ve been booing dolphins since Flipper – and Darwin from SeaQuest DSV didn’t do it for me, either. Tannehill finished 12 of 18 for 191 passing yards with no TDs and two interceptions, and was sacked six times. “”We’re inept right now,” Miami head coach Adam Gase said.

Even though Dolphins fans – those who bet on NFL included – have been asking for backup Matt Moore, Gase confirmed Tannehill in the position. “You can ask me 100 times. He’s going to be in there the rest of the season,” Gase said. Ok, but what if we asked you 101 times? Anyway, it’s hard to see a change in quarterbacks making much of a difference against the best team in the AFC North, and one of the best in the league right now.

The Steelers rank 3rd in passing yards (284.2), 5th in total yards (386.2), 6th in points (27.8), and 14th in rushing yards (102) per game. Roethlisberger, who leads the league with 15 passing TDs, and Bell are bound to have a field day against a Dolphins defense that is allowing 23.8 points and 401.0 yards (250.2 in passing and 150.8 in rushing) per game. For people who bet on NFL, this game is all about by how much the Steelers will win; Pittsburgh has scored at least 24 points in each game save for an anomalous 3 points versus the Eagles. Miami, conversely, has scored 17 points or fewer in three of their five games.

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