Dolphins vs. Saints: Monday Night Football Week 16 Picks

  • Date & Location: Monday, December 27, 2021, at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA
  • Time: Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 PM ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN

Week 15’s Monday Night Football game saw the Minnesota Vikings keep their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Chicago Bears. Week 16 sees the Miami Dolphins travel to the Big Easy to face the New Orleans Saints.

Had you said the Dolphins were a playoff team in Week 8, you would have been laughed at. Miami was 1-7 at the time. Today they are 7-7 and riding a six-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Saints seemed to have corrected a listing ship. The Saints are on a two-game winning streak following five straight losses.

Before we look at the line for the last game on the Week 16 slate, be sure to check out the top betting sites for NFL football in 2021, as well as NFL MVP betting resources.

Dolphins vs. Saints Odds

BetOnlineSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
Miami Dolphins+3 (-105)+145Ov 38.5 (-110)
New Orleans Saints-3 (-115)-165Un 38.5 (-110)

Dolphins vs. Saints

Neither of these teams will lock up a playoff spot during the Week 16 Monday Night Football game, but the loser of the matchup between the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints, who are both 7-7 could drop out of the playoff race.

One of the keys to Miami’s success during the team’s winning streak has been the play of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa has a completion rating of 74.4 percent during the team’s winning streak and his season rate of 69.9 percent is the best in the league. That’s bad news for a New Orleans defense which is near the bottom half of the NFL in passing defense. However, it must be noted that the Saints are coming off a game where they held Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers off the scoreboard.

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Watch for the Saints to have success on the ground. New Orleans has run the ball on more than 47 percent of their plays this season and the Dolphins have given up 4.3 yards per carry. I think the Saints success on the ground will allow them to eat up the field and the clock.

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Pick New Orleans to win. The Saints defense is going to be a confident lot coming off the shutout win over the Buccaneers in Week 15. That’s bad news for the Dolphins, who do not have a player like Tom Brady under center.

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Pick the under. New Orleans will be able to eat up the clock with its running game. If you couple that with the fact that the defense should be able to keep Tagovailoa from having much success in the air, this will not be a high-scoring affair.

Dolphins vs SaintsUNDER 38.5 POINTS
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Trent Reinsmith

Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He currently covers MMA for MMA Junkie and Forbes. He has also written for Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.