The Week 8 NFL schedule concludes with an 8:15 p.m. ET Monday Night Football matchup between the Miami Dolphins (0-6) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4). The Dolphins made headlines off the field by dealing running back Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals on Monday. That leaves Mark Walton, a second-year pro out of the University of Miami, as the lead back for the Dolphins. The Steelers, meanwhile, welcome back QB Mason Rudolph, who missed Pittsburgh's last game against the Chargers, but cleared concussion protocol over the bye week. Pittsburgh is listed as a 14-point favorite in the latest Steelers vs. Dolphins odds, down half-a-point from the opening line, while the over-under is up a half-point to 43.5. Before you make any Dolphins vs. Steelers picks, consult the latest NFL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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The model knows the Steelers still have plenty to play for despite their 2-4 mark. They've won two of their last three games and trail only the Ravens (5-2) in the AFC North. With Baltimore set to take on New England next week, Pittsburgh knows it has a chance to make up ground and must take care of business against a struggling Miami squad.
The Steelers have also been getting better production from running back James Conner. After scoring just once in the first three weeks of the season, Conner has found the end zone four times over the last three games. He's been increasingly productive as a receiver, catching all 15 of his targets over the past three weeks for 161 yards and three scores.
But just because Pittsburgh has a disruptive defense doesn't mean it will cover the Steelers vs. Dolphins spread on Monday Night Football.
Fitzpatrick, in his 15th season, provided a spark last week, as the Dolphins finished with a season-high 381 yards. He threw for 282 and a touchdown and ran for another score a week ago against Buffalo. He has thrown for 717 yards and three scores in five games (three starts) this season.
Fitzpatrick has a pair of talented receivers in rookie Preston Williams, who has 25 catches for 314 yards and a touchdown, and DeVante Parker, who's notched 18 receptions for 284 yards and three TDs. Parker, in his fifth season, was the 14th overall pick in 2015, but has struggled with injuries and the team's instability. Mark Walton ran for 66 yards last week and appears to be the primary ball-carrier going forward after the Kenyan Drake trade to Arizona.
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