The Miami Dolphins made the most of their extended stay in Southern California, holding on to beat the Chargers 19-17 in their delayed season-opener. The Fins will now return home to assess the damage caused by Irma before heading to New York for a battle with the beleaguered Jets in a Week 3 AFC East battle.
The team spent a week in the Los Angeles area preparing for the Chargers as the weather situation unfolded in their home state. Miami got an efficient performance from Jay Cutler in his Dolphins debut as he completed 24 of 33 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown. Cutler didn’t turn the ball over, which has been a sore sport for him over his career, and he led the Fins on a 70-yard drive on their opening possession, which resulted in a field goal and an early lead. The offense was helped out by the running of Jay Ajayi, who scampered for 122 yards, but they failed to score a touchdown on three red zone trips.
Special teams proved to be the difference with new kicker Cody Parkey supplying most of the point production. He nailed all four of his field goal attempts, including a career-long 54-yarder to give Miami the lead with 65 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins allowed LA go get into position for a game-winning kick and watched as the attempt sailed wide to escape with the narrow victory.
2017 Record: 1-0
2017 ATS Record: 1-0
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 0-1
Current Super Bowl Odds: +5000
Current Odds to Win AFC: +2500
Current Odds to Win AFC East: +820
Current NFL Odds: Dolphins -6.5
Over/Under Total: 41
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
ATS Result: None
Over/Under Total Result: None
According to ESPN Stats and Info, since the NFL introduced a bye week back in 1990, eight teams have played 16 straight weeks and only one of those, the 1992 Dolphins, had a winning record and qualified for the playoffs. History isn’t on their side, but if a team can navigate through a stretch like that, it’s the Dolphins.
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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