Thursday Night Football: Ravens vs Dolphins Odds & Preview

It’s a new week in the 2021 NFL season, which means that it’s time for another Thursday Night Football matchup. Week 10’s TNF contest will be played between a pair of AFC teams as the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) travel to take on the Miami Dolphins (2-7). It should be an exciting game with both teams currently heading in opposite directions in the standings.

Will the Ravens continue to build on their AFC North lead? Or will the Dolphins somehow find a way to begin an improbable run to the playoffs?

Read on for betting odds (BetOnline) and analysis as to what you can expect in tonight’s Ravens vs Dolphins Thursday Night Football matchup.

Ravens vs Dolphins General Information and Statistics

Tonight’s Thursday Night Football matchup will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida — home of the Dolphins. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. EST and the game can be viewed on FOX and the NFL Network, as well as multiple streaming platforms.

The Ravens are averaging 27.6 points per game this season, which is the seventh-best average so far this season. Meanwhile, the Dolphins average 17.2 PPG — fifth-worst in the NFL. Defensively, Baltimore is surrendering 24.4 PPG (21st) while Miami has been giving up an average of 26.9 PPG (27th).

Thursday Night Football: Ravens vs Dolphins Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Thursday, November 11

  • Baltimore Ravens (6-2) vs Miami Dolphins (2-7)
  • Moneyline: Ravens (-370) vs Dolphins (+300)
  • Spread: Ravens -7.5 (-110) vs Dolphins +7.5 (-110)
  • Total: 46.5 — Over (-110), Under (-110)
  • Head-to-Head: Ravens are 8-2 against the Dolphins in their last 10 games.

Complete odds list and prop bets available at BetOnline.ag.

Ravens Looking to Continue Winning Ways

The Ravens have been great this season entering Week 10’s Thursday Night Football game, winners of six of their last seven games. After getting embarrassed by the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7, Baltimore used its bye weak to get re-focused. The result? A 34-31 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.

Lamar Jackson looked shaky at times in the game, finishing with a 60.7% completion rating for 187 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions while also being sacked three times. He also rushed the ball 21 times, totalling 120 yards. While that’s a good performance for some, Jackson is capable of playing a lot better than that. Fortunately, he can get back on track against a Dolphins defense giving up 280.9 passing yards per game (30th). Not only that but veteran wideout Sammy Watkins is expected to make his return after a four-week absence.

Assuming that Watkins plays, it’ll mark the first time that Jackson will have him, Rashod Bateman and Marquise Brown at his disposal. If the offense clicks like the coaching staff is hoping for, Miami could be in trouble.

Another thing that points to the Ravens’ favor is that sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa might be out for the Dolphins. He’s currently questionable for Thursday Night Football with a finger injury, which means Jacoby Brissett would start under center if the former can’t perform. Considering that Brissett has only thrown five TDs to 4 INTs while averaging just 161.0 passing yards per game in four starts, the Ravens must be salivating at the thought of that matchup. Even if Tagovailoa plays, he may not be at 100%, which could give Baltimore more confidence.

Thursday Night Football: Can the Dolphins Win Again?

The Dolphins have been one of the worst teams in the 2021 NFL season. However, Miami does enter Thursday Night Football after defeating the Houston Texans last week, 17-9. It wasn’t much to write home about because the Texans are, well, the Texans. But that win has given the Dolphins a chance to go on their first multi-game winning streak since winning two in a row in Weeks 15 and 16 last season.

It’s going to be an uphill game for Miami, no doubt. As mentioned before, it still isn't clear who’ll start at quarterback tonight. Tagovailoa is much better than Brissett, however, he might not be fully healthy. The good news is that, despite their record, the Ravens are giving up the 10th-most total yards and 12th-most points per game this season. Yes, the Dolphins may not have the best offense, but they’re more than capable of taking advantage of Baltimore’s defense on a good day.

Besides, the Miami D has shown improvements over their last three games, giving up 21.7 PPG (16th) — nearly five points fewer than their season average. If the Dolphins’ offensive players can pick up the slack, this Thursday Night Football matchup could be closer than expected.

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Devon Platana
After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.