Buffalo’s game against Miami got flexed to the NFL’s Saturday night primetime slot considering the playoff implications for this contest. The Bills enter as favorites versus the Dolphins in the Week 15 betting odds.
Playoff races continue to heat up throughout the league, and this matchup between Buffalo and Miami in Week 15 is no exception. The NFL flexed this game into its Saturday night primetime slot, considering the implications. That move though, corresponds with cold temperatures that will surely affect the Bills, Dolphins, and betting odds in this one.
The Buffalo Bills (10-3, 6-6-1 ATS) topped the Jets in difficult field conditions last week, winning 20-12 and taking full control of the AFC East. The field conditions don’t look like they’ll be any better for Buffalo this week, but considering their opponent’s home is sunny South Florida, they’ll hold the advantage. The Bills hold a two-game lead over the Miami Dolphins (8-5, 6-7 ATS), who come in following a disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last week.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this key AFC East battle between the Bills and Dolphins in Week 15.
Best Betting Odds for Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins
The opening lines for this matchup set the Bills as 7-point favorites at home over the Dolphins. Action at most sportsbooks has pushed the spread to 7.5 in favor of Buffalo, and that’s no surprise considering the expected elements and Miami’s worrisome loss last week.
Weather, no doubt, is the reason the point total for this game continues to tick down at most sportsbooks. The total opened at 45.5, but over the last few days it’s dropped to 42 or 42.5.
This game carries with it serious playoff implications in the AFC. The Bills currently hold the top spot in the conference and a win on Saturday all but locks up another AFC East title.
NFL Week 15 Preview: Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins
Buffalo’s defense hounded Jets quarterback Mike White last week despite not having Von Miller. The Bills registered three sacks, seven QB hits and 21 pressures. White was twice knocked out of the game for short periods of time. Now, the Bills welcome a struggling Tua Tagovailoa, who they’ve already knocked from a game this season (though he did return).
The Bills offense slugged through less-than-ideal field conditions and a solid New York Jets defense last week. Buffalo registered a season-low 232 yards of total offense in the win. Josh Allen threw for a season-low 147 yards, but now faces a Dolphins defense allowing 259.4 passing yards-per-game on the road. In the Bills’ Week 3 loss to Miami, Buffalo managed just 19 points (their second-lowest total of the season), but registered 497 yards of total offense (their second-highest figure on the year).
Miami, meanwhile, lost to the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday night, 23-17, in concerning fashion. Tagovailoa was 10-of-28 for 145 yards and one touchdown, which came on a 60-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill. That play, and Hill’s touchdown on a fumble recovery, marked the only two big plays of the night for the Dolphins offense. The Chargers took away the middle of the field defensively, forcing Tagovailoa into more difficult passing windows.
Betting Trends Affect Bills, Dolphins Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this matchup between the Bills and Dolphins in Week 15. The Bills hold a 7-2-1 mark against the spread in the last 10 games versus the Dolphins in Buffalo. Both the home team and the Underdog are 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five games in this series.
Miami’s just 1-5 against the spread in its last six road games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four following an outright loss.
The Over has hit in six of the last seven meetings between these clubs in Buffalo. Miami’s seen the Over hit in four of its last five road games. However, the Under has hit in nine of the Dolphins’ last 13 games against AFC East opponents. The Under has hit in each of Buffalo’s last four games against AFC East opponents, and in nine of its last 11 games overall. That said, this is Buffalo’s lowest point total of the season.