It’s times like these you wish you had the Elias Sports Bureau on speed dial.
When was the last time an NFL team beat another by double digits, only to then be a double-digit underdog against that same team later in the season? Has it ever happened before this week?
That’s the case Sunday, as the Miami Dolphins, winners of a 30-15 contest over the Pittsburgh Steelers in October, find themselves as 12.5-point underdogs against the same team in the playoffs.
It’s a peculiar situation, no doubt, but one that might make sense when you dive into the stats.
Let’s take a look at the game details and dive into some predictions.
When: Sunday, Jan. 8, at 1:05 p.m. ET
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
Spread: Pittsburgh (-12.5)
Odds per OddsShark.
Prediction No. 1: Le’Veon Bell Amasses Over 200 All-Purpose Yards
Here’s a set of numbers for you to review: 134, 201, 142, 182, 298, 131 and 137.
That’s the number of total yards Le’Veon Bell has gained in each of his last seven games.
Bell managed to rush for 1,268 yards this season, good enough for fifth in the league, even though …