Virginia Horse Racing “Guess the Score” Contest Results: Miami @ Pittsburgh ($90 in Prizes!)

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Prizing:

1st Place: $50 Amazon gift card

2nd-5th Place: $10 Starbucks gift card

Top 5 Winners:

1. richcityb***@gmail.com (367 points)
2. chalitat***@gmail.com (367 points)
3. catlove***@verizon.net (350 points)
4. djham***@gmail.com (334 points)
5. bigran2***@gmail.com (329 points)

Overview:

On Sunday, January 8th, at 1:05 P.M. the (10-6) Miami Dolphins will be on the road to take on the (11-5) Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Crowd:

“The Crowd” projects a final score of Steelers 28.1 – Dolphins 20.1 with an over/under of 48.3.  The Vegas Line has a final score of Steelers 28.5 – Dolphins 19.5 with an over/under of 47.0.

2016-17 Statistics (32 total teams):

Yards per game: Steelers 372.6 (7th) > Dolphins 332.8 (24th)

Points per game: Steelers 24.9 (tied for 10th) > Dolphins 22.7 (17th)

Turnover margin: Steelers +5 > Dolphins +2

Fewest yards allowed per game: Steelers 342.6 (12th) > Dolphins 382.6 (29th)

Fewest Points allowed per game: Steelers 20.4 (10th) > Dolphins 23.8 (18th)

Summary:

Pittsburgh is one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now riding a seven-game winning streak while Miami is (3-2) in their last five games.  The Dolphins will be without their starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill who will miss the game with injury.  Matt Moore will be filling in for Tannehill and has looked solid going (2-1) as a starter this season.  The Dolphins won this head to head match-up 30-15 earlier this season in Miami.  Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi ran for over 200 yards in that game, but I expect the Steelers to be well prepared for him this time around.

The Steelers (+71) rank 5th in the league in point differential while Miami (-17) ranks 24th.  That tells me Miami was lucky to even make the playoffs and will have their hands full with a Steelers team that is playing great football.  Pittsburgh is (6-2) at home this season while Miami is (4-4) on the road.  Pittsburgh has scored 20 or more points in each of their last eight games and I like their odds to keep that trend against a shaky Dolphins defense.  Pittsburgh has the advantage in all the major statistical categories so I like the Steelers to win by double digits at home.