Sunday, November 22, 2020, Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado, 4:05 p.m. ET
Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos Betting Preview: Dolphins (-3.5/-103), Broncos (+3.5/-121)
The Dolphins (6-3) bid for their sixth straight victory on Sunday behind rookie Tua Tagovailoa, who has thrown five touchdown passes without an interception over his three starts this season. Tagovailoa found the end zone twice for the second straight game in Miami’s 29-21 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Salvon Ahmed has made the most of his playing time in place of the injured Myles Gaskin (knee), following up a 5.4 yards per carry performance against Arizona on Nov. 8 with 85 yards and a touchdown versus the Chargers. Fellow running back Matt Breida is trending in the right direction after being a full participant in practice on Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a hamstring injury.
DeVante Parker, who leads the team in receptions (38) and receiving yards (462), has mustered just 14 catches for 183 yards in his last five games. Diminutive wideout Jakeem Grant has come on strong with four receptions in three of his last four games.
While the Dolphins are ascending, the Broncos (3-6) have dropped three of four and could be forced to take another turn on the quarterback carousel. Drew Lock, who threw a career-high four interceptions in Denver’s 37-12 setback to Las Vegas on Sunday, is nursing a rib injury that could put backup Brett Rypien under center this weekend.
The Broncos’ running game has failed to get untracked this season, with Phillip Lindsay repeatedly nursing injuries while he attempts to aid Melvin Gordon in the backfield. Denver’s 19th-ranked rushing game mustered just 66 yards versus Las Vegas.
Rookie Jerry Jeudy is leading the team in average yards per catch (16.2) and receiving yards (552), including 17.7 and 266 being accumulated over the last three games. Tight end Noah Fant, who leads the team in catches (35), now is nursing an injury to his ribs after being hobbled by an ailing ankle.
Dolphins at Broncos Betting Pick for Week 11
Miami’s opportunistic defense likely will be relishing the chance to greet Rypien, who has tossed four interceptions in two games this season. The Dolphins’ defense is tied for fourth in the NFL with 15 takeaways and seven fumble recoveries.
That defense will present Tagovailoa with a short field to work his magic, ultimately resulting in a convincing victory for a Miami team eyeing the penthouse in the AFC East.
Dolphins at Broncos Betting Pick: Dolphins 28, Broncos 13
Dolphins at Broncos Best Bet for Week 11
While Tagovailoa has been victorious, he hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire. His efficient and mistake-free performances are gold in the eyes of Brian Flores, however, the scoreboard operator may not be as impressed.
Dolphins at Broncos Best Bet: UNDER 45 (-110)