Adam Gase must have been wondering where this performance has been all year. The Miami Dolphins did something few teams have done: they dominated the Patriots from start to finish and scored a key victory to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. The Fins wore their throwback uniforms and it was a throwback performance to a time during the 1970s and 1980s when the Dolphins were a consistent threat in the AFC.
Jay Cutler did his best Dan Marino impersonation on throwback day, putting his best game together while out dueling Tom Brady. Cutler missed the first meeting between the teams due to a concussion, but he gave the Patriots a headache on Monday night, throwing for 268 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. Many questioned the trade of Jay Ajayi at the deadline, but Kenyan Drake has looked the part of a No. 1 back. Drake topped 100-yards rushing for the second straight week with 114 against the Pats and added another 79 yards on five catches.
While the offense was doing its part, the defense made life miserable for Tom Brady with another disruptive performance. Xavien Howard intercepted two Brady offerings giving him that many in two straight games. He now leads the team with his four picks. And the D was superb in stopping drives for the second straight week. After holding the Broncos to 1 of 13 on third downs the previous game, they were better against New England, not letting the Pats convert once in their 11 chances. The Dolphins have to climb over a few teams ahead of them in the playoff hunt and they get one of them in Week 15 when they visit the Buffalo Bills.
2017 Record: 6-7
2017 ATS Record: 5-6-2
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 7-6
Current Super Bowl Odds: +100000
Current Odds to Win AFC: +50000
Current Odds to Win AFC East: +10000
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Week 14: Dolphins 27, Patriots 20
ATS Result: Dolphins +10.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48
The Dolphins didn’t flinch even after the Pats took a 7-6 lead midway through the second quarter. Cutler directed a drive that resulted in the go-ahead score on the ensuing possession and Miami never trailed after that as they won outright as a 10.5-point dog. After New England cut the deficit to 27-17 early in the fourth, the defense produced three straight three-and-outs and never allowed Brady to find a rhythm.
Week 13: Dolphins 35, Broncos 9
ATS Result: Dolphins +1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 41
Miami scored two safeties for the first time in franchise history, had a defensive touchdown and three offensive scores to rout the Broncos for the easy cover win. The Fins held the Broncos to 270 yards and didn’t allow an offensive touchdown in breaking a five-game losing streak. Jay Cutler’s scoring pass to Kenny Stills early in the fourth quarter pushed the score over the total for a seventh straight game.
Week 12: Patriots 35, Dolphins 17
ATS Result: Patriots -17
Over/Under Total Result: Over 49
Reshad Jones’ fumble return touchdown and an interception by Brandon McCain weren’t enough to slow down the Pats, who sent Miami to its third straight ATS loss. New England’s final touchdown midway through the fourth quarter was enough to cover the 17-point spread and cash the over.
Week 11: Buccaneers 30, Dolphins 20
ATS Result: Buccaneers -1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44
The Dolphins fought back from a 20-7 deficit to tie the game on Moore’s scoring pass, only to watch the Bucs traverse the field for what was the game-winning field goal with just four seconds left, slapping a second straight ATS loss on the Fins. Over bettors got a miracle when the lateral-filled kickoff was fumbled away and recovered by the Bucs in the end zone for the final points.
Week 10: Panthers 45, Dolphins 21
ATS Result: Panthers -8
Over/Under Total Result: Over 38.5
It’s hard to say one play changed the outcome of this rout, but there was one critical mistake that cost Miami. The Fins were down 10-7 late in the first half and just forced a Panthers punt when Cutler was intercepted. Carolina turned that into a touchdown to extend its lead at the break and the second half was disturbing. The Dolphins had no answer and Carolina ran all over them in the second half, piling on the yards and points to hand Miami the ATS loss.
Week 9: Raiders 27, Dolphins 24
ATS Result: PUSH Dolphins +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44.5
A late touchdown and two-point conversion allowed the Dolphins to push for a second time this season, but they couldn’t recover the onside kick and the Raiders eked out the victory. It didn’t come without chances, though. Miami recovered an onside kick earlier in the game and recovered a fumble, but neither chance turned into points. The passing game clicked with Cutler going over 300 yards, but running the football remains an issue.
Week 8: Ravens 40, Dolphins 0
ATS Result: Ravens -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 38
With no scoring help from the Dolphins offense, the over cashed for a second straight game. That’s because Moore tossed a pair of pick-sixes and the ball was bouncing in favor of the Ravens the entire game. Miami managed fewer than 200 yards of offense and didn’t come close to sniffing the end zone.
Week 7: Dolphins 31, Jets 28
ATS Result: PUSH Dolphins -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 40
The Dolphins avenged a Week 3 loss to the Jets by overcoming a 14-point fourth quarter deficit with Moore at the controls. He tossed a pair of scoring passes to go along with Cutler’s two to cash the over for the first time. Another late game pick allowed the Fins to get the victory, but they failed to cover the spread with the game ending in a push after Cody Parkey’s game-winning 39-yard field goal.
Week 6: Dolphins 20, Falcons 17
ATS Result: Dolphins +14
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
The offense showed signs of life with Cutler throwing two second half scoring passes and the Dolphins amassed a season-high point total in just two quarters. They showed character overcoming a 17-point halftime deficit to win on the road, covering the spread for a second straight game. Thanks to a defense that held the Falcons scoreless in the second half, the under improved to 5-0 on the year.
Week 5: Dolphins 16, Titans 10
ATS Result: Dolphins PK
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41.5
The defense matched the offensive production and it was enough to give the Dolphins a cover win. Reshad Jones alertly returned a fumble for a touchdown on a play that everybody else thought was an incomplete pass, staking the Fins to a 10-0 lead. Cutler and the offense came through in the fourth after Tennessee tied the game, tossing a TD pass to Jarvis Landry for the game-winning score. It was just the third offensive touchdown of the season putting the under at 4-0.
Week 4: Saints 20, Dolphins 0
ATS Result: Saints -4
Over/Under Total Result: Under 51.5
Once again it was a silent offensive performance by the Dolphins, who couldn’t avoid getting blanked this time as the under moved to 3-0. The Fins got to the Saints 4-yard line on the opening drive, but Cutler was picked in the end zone, squelching that opportunity. The Dolphins wouldn’t get closer than the Saints 40 the rest of the game. The defense was solid, but again caved as the offense failed to sustain anything. The Fins allowed 17-second half points and failed to cover for the second straight week.
Week 3: Jets 20, Dolphins 6
ATS Result: Jets +5.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
Miami never got untracked and was doomed from the get go in this one. The Dolphins managed just 49 total yards and three first downs in the first half with all six drives ending with a punt. The D kept it close, but got no help and eventually faltered as the Fins failed to cover. The Fins’ only score came on the final play and wasn’t enough to reach the total. They also missed the PAT to cap off a frustrating afternoon.
Week 2: Dolphins 19, Chargers 17
ATS Result: Dolphins +3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
Credit the Dolphins for their resiliency. Their opener was rescheduled and they spent a week in SoCal to escape Hurricane Irma, all the while preparing for a football game in the Chargers’ new yard. They overcame the elements and a 17-10 second-half deficit to score the game’s final nine points off the leg of Parkey to get the outright win.
Week 1: BYE
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 2-2
Over/Under Total Record: 4-0
The Dolphins were successful last season in close games winning eight times by a touchdowns or less and that needs to continue for another winning season. There are too many weaknesses to battle the Patriots for a division crown, but the offense is loaded with weapons and if Cutler can rekindle the touch he had two seasons ago, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t put up enough points to reach the postseason.
Week 1: Dolphins vs. Buccaneers, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: Dolphins at Chargers, Sunday, September 17, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Dolphins at Jets, Sunday, September 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Dolphins vs. Saints, Sunday, October 1, 9:30 a.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Dolphins vs. Titans, Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Dolphins at Falcons, Sunday, October 15, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 7: Dolphins vs. Jets, Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 8: Dolphins at Ravens, Thursday, October 26, 8:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Dolphins vs. Raiders, Saturday, November 5, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 10: Dolphins at Panthers, Monday, November 13, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 11: Bye Week
Week 12: Dolphins at Patriots, Sunday, November 26, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Dolphins vs. Broncos, Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Dolphins vs. Patriots, Monday, December 11, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 15: Dolphins at Bills, Sunday, December 17, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 16: Dolphins at Chiefs, Sunday, December 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Dolphins vs. Bills, Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
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