It was a horror show in South Beach last season with the Dolphins limping to a 6-10 finish that saw them finish third in the AFC East after qualifying for the playoffs in Adam Gase’s rookie year as head coach the previous season. The injury to Ryan Tannehill suffered in training camp certainly set the tone for what was to become a year to forget. Especially for NFL bettors who saw their bankrolls get killed with the Fins playing to a 5-9-2 record versus the closing NFL betting lines.
An inept offense that averaged just over 307 yards ( No. 25 ) and scored a woeful 17.6 points per game ( No. 28 ) were largely to blame. The defense had some nice pieces to it, but the turnover machine otherwise known as Jay Cutler made it nearly impossible for the unit to compete on a gamely basis.
Miami enters the season with a 6.5 game season win total with the betting market juicing the low side of that number. Not much was done to improve the many holes on this roster in the draft, and a number of veterans have bolted for greener pastures. Until the team shows it can march a semi formidable offense onto the field and plug the holes defensively that killed it a season ago, the Fins will remain a team to fade in weekly and seasonal betting markets.
As bleak as it seems heading into the year, there are a couple of factors that have the needle pointed up in Miami. For starters, any time you can omit Jay Cutler from the equation, you’ll be better off for it. His 19 interceptions are no longer on the roster. Pair that with Tannehill supposedly recovering well from his season-ending injury, and at the very least the Dolphins should march a more efficient offense onto the gridiron.
The best aspect of Miami heading into the 2018 NFL betting season comes on the defensive side of the ball where young talent has been stockpiled the last couple seasons. The infusion of first round selection Minkah Fitzpatrick from Alabama and third round choice Jerome Baker out of Ohio State immediately plugs glaring holes. It also surrounds last year’s standouts Charles Harris and Cordrea Tankersley with much more support.
After taking on a second place schedule last season, the Dolphins now get the benefit of running up against a last place schedule. Miami took advantage of a weak schedule two years ago to reach the playoffs. I don’t think they have the offensive firepower to see it all the way through this time around, but I also don’t think the Fish will be the dumpster fire many expect heading into the regular season.
Week 1: Titans at Dolphins, Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: Dolphins at Jets, Sunday, September 16, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Raiders at Dolphins, Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Dolphins at Patriots, Sunday, September 30, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 5: Dolphins at Bengals, Sunday, October 7, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Bears at Dolphins, Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Lions at Dolphins, Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Dolphins at Texans, Thursday, October 25, 8:20 p.m. ET – FOX/NFL Network
Week 9: Jets at Dolphins, Sunday, November 4, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Dolphins at Packers, Sunday, November 11, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 11: Bye Week
Week 12: Dolphins at Colts, Sunday, November 25, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Bills at Dolphins, Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Patriots at Dolphins, Sunday, December 9, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Dolphins at Vikings, Sunday, December 16, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 16: Jaguars at Dolphins, Sunday, December 23, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Dolphins at Bills, Sunday, December 30, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
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