Dolphins vs. Lions NFL Week 8 Betting Preview: Detroit Look for Offensive Spark Against Miami

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Jared Goff #16 of the Detroit Lions attempts a pass during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys. Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images/AFP.

The Dolphins snapped a three-game losing streak last week and hope they’ve got things headed in the right direction again. This Sunday, Miami will head to Detroit and try to prevent the Lions from doing the same thing.

Miami got back quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who had been out with a concussion suffered at the start of the Dolphins’ skid. He wasn’t perfect, but he led the team to a win over the Steelers.

Meanwhile, the Lions are reeling in the NFL odds, with four straight losses that have dropped them into last place in the NFC North. Detroit has the worst point differential in the NFC.

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Miami Dolphins vs. Detroit Lions

Sunday, October 30, 2022 – 01:00 PM EDT at Ford Field

Injury Bug

Tagovailoa took serious hits to the head in back-to-back games, four days apart, which sidelined him. He had mixed results in his first game back on Sunday.

He opened the game by completing five of six passes and finishing the first drive with a touchdown pass and finished with 261 passing yards.

However, he was inconsistent the rest of the afternoon, overthrowing several receivers and throwing about five potential interceptions that defenders dropped.

"A lot of things need to be corrected offensively," Tagovailoa said. "It starts with me. But we'll take the win."

Durham Smythe

The Dolphins also got back tight end Durham Smythe, who was still slowed by a hamstring injury, but the Miami defense hasn’t had as much luck on the injury front.

Emmanuel Ogbah

Defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah missed Sunday’s game with a back injury, but he is expected back. “They should get Emmanuel back to the Lions game hopefully,” his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said.

Brandon Jones

Injuries have ravaged the secondary, however. The team lost cornerback Brandon Jones to a knee injury suffered during the game.

He was put on the injured reserve, meaning he’ll miss the next four games, but the injury is likely season-ending. “I’m not too excited about it,” coach Mike McDaniel said.

Byron Jones

Meanwhile, fellow cornerback Byron Jones, recovering from offseason surgery, still isn’t ready to return to practice.

That meant the team was down to three healthy cornerbacks, including one who was a practice squad rookie, elevated for the game.

Miami had already seen cornerbacks Nik Needham, Keion Crossen and Kader Kohou go down to injury earlier in the season.

Looking To Snap Out of It

The Lions return to Detroit, which gives the team some reason for optimism. Sunday’s loss to Dallas dropped second-year Lions coach Dan Campbell to 0-11-1 on the road, including 0-3 this year. He’s 4-7 in Detroit.

The Lions need some answers on offense, however. Detroit mustered a pair of field goals in Sunday’s 24-6 loss, which came on the heels of a shutout loss to New England in the previous game, meaning the team has gone eight quarters without a touchdown.

Jared Goff

Quarterback Jared Goff threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles against the Cowboys, one of which had Campbell throwing his headset in frustration on the sideline.

“I'm frustrated because we're losing, just like I was last year,” said Campbell. “But I'm not down, I'm not losing confidence. I'm not going to go hide in a corner.”

Running back Jamaal Williams also fumbled at the goal line, costing the team a chance at a touchdown.

Amon-Ra St. Brown

The Lions got good news on receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, who was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a head injury.

He is in the concussion protocol but Campbell said, “he’s certainly trending the right way. He cleared (the tests).” The medical team has not made it official, but Campbell said, “I would anticipate us having him this weekend.”

D'Andre Swift

The Lions are also hopeful they’ll get back running back D’Andre Swift, who has missed three straight games with ankle and shoulder injuries.

The Pick

The Lions have been competitive at home this season and the offense has been productive according to top-rated sportsbooks. Look for a return to Ford Field and the chance to face a decimated Dolphins secondary to help Goff find his groove as an NFL pick.

Tagovailoa might smooth out some of the problems in his second game back, but Goff’s improvement should be the story of a shootout.

NFL Pick: Lions +3 (-106) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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