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‘Monday Night Football’ double-header — Picks and open thread

JSpenceTheKing’s predictions ahead of tonight’s MNF matchup — chat live with us during the game!

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A fun double header and hopefully the game of the week takes place on Monday Night Football, as

Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins, 8:15 p.m. EST (ESPN)

the Tennessee Titans (4-8) face off against the Miami Dolphins (9-3) in the first of two MNF games tonight. The Dolphins are heavily favored at DraftKings Sportsbook with a -13 spread, which speaks to their offensive dominance so far this season. The over/under is set at 46.5, while the Moneyline is -850 for Miami and +575 for Tennessee.

The Dolphins have been on a roll, led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Hill has been nearly unstoppable, with 12 touchdowns and 1,481 yards on 93 receptions. Tagovailoa has played a precise and accurate role as Miami’s signal caller, allowing his play makers to shine after the catch. The return of rookie running back De’Von Achane from injury has provides a further boost on offense. With such dynamic and speedy receivers and a strong running game, head coach Mike McDaniel has built an unstoppable offense.

On the defense, the Dolphins have excelled — which is especially true since the return of cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has been able to effectively neutralize opponents’ primary passing attack, allowing the rest of the defense to focus on stopping the run and pressure the quarterback.

On the other hand, the Tennessee Titans have faced challenges this season, particularly with early season injuries. However, rookie quarterback Will Levis has stepped up and shown promise as the team’s future at quarterback. With the involvement of wide receiver Deandre Hopkins and the presence of elite running back Derrick Henry, Tennessee has the potential to score at any time.

Defensively, the Titans have found strength in their run defense, allowing only 3.7 yards per carry and minimizing big runs. However, their secondary has shown inconsistency, which could be exploited by the Dolphins’ potent passing attack.

In this matchup, the Dolphins are positioned as the favorites, given their dominant performances this season. I expect Miami to continue their trend of blowing out opponents at home or away.

Dolphins over Titans, 38-17

Green Bay Packers 6-6 at New York Giants 4-8, 8:15 p.m. EST (ABC)

The Packers head to MetLife Stadium to face the struggling New York Giants in what looks to be a potential blowout for complementary Monday Night Football matchup. Green Bay, coming off two impressive wins, will try to build on their momentum, while the Giants are just hoping for a season-salvaging win at this point.

The Packers have significantly improved the last couple of games. Quarterback Jordan Love has been particularly impressive, displaying sharpness and decisiveness in his throws. Green Bay’s offense will be without wide receiver Christian Watson due to a hamstring injury sustained last weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers will have to move the ball effectively using their other offensive weapons.

However, Green Bay has struggled defensively, particularly against the run. Time will tell if they’re able to limit the impact of the Giants star running back, Saquon Barkley — to leave MetLife Stadium with an all-important win. The Packers’ pass defense should be able to restrict the Giants’ air attack, likely giving them an edge in this matchup.

The Giants have had a tough season, and the future of head coach Brian Daboll is a situation facing plenty of scrutiny. With their offense lacking firepower, the Giants are rely heavily on Barkley to carry the team. Defensively, the Giants have struggled in most statistical categories, adding even more pressure to an already challenging season overall.

In terms of predictions, the odds are in favor of Green Bay.

Packers over Giants, 27-13

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