Dolphins at Saints spread, odds, picks and trends: Expert predictions for Monday Night Football with Ian Book starting

Most weeks, scoring nine points in the NFL is a good way to get blown out. The Saints not only won while doing so but also blanked the Buccaneers at home. You read that right. New Orleans now owns the final NFC wild-card spot after its 9-0 win in Tampa Bay. Brett Maher’s leg was the only offense needed on a night where neither team moved the ball well. The Saints finished with 11 first downs, 212 yards and went 3-of-16 on third down. Give the defense a ton of credit here. New Orleans held Tampa to 302 yards, 6-of-19 on third down and turned Tom Brady over twice. Seventh and 11th place in the NFC are separated by a game, so the pressure is on to keep winning. The Saints are 3-point favorites at home this week.

Miami also had an impressive win last week for a different reason. The Dolphins beat the Jets 31-24, winning their sixth straight game after starting 1-7. No NFL team has ever made the playoffs after being at least six games under .500, but the way Miami is playing, we wouldn’t rule out some history. The Dolphins are allowing 13.2 points per game during this stretch. Even the offense woke up a bit against the Jets, registering 379 yards with a season-high 183 on the ground. Miami’s 2-4 road record might be enough to deter you from betting the line, but the total is a palatable play as both the Saints and Dolphins have been strong on the defensive side of the ball. Odds, Over/Under, Moneyline

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