The offense of the Miami Dolphins had an awakening in the second half of Sunday’s game, lifting the Fins to an impressive road win over the defending NFC champion Falcons. Jay Cutler and the group look to keep things rolling in a Week 7 contest against AFC East rival New York Jets. The teams met in Week 3 with the Jets holding Miami scoreless until the final play of the game while sending the Fins to their first loss of the year.
Miami entered last week’s game as the lowest scoring team in the NFL and had scored just three touchdowns. The script was similar through the first half with Miami pointless and trailing 17-0. But something changed in the locker room and the Dolphins stormed out of the gate in the second half, putting together perhaps their most impressive drive of the season. Cutler led them 75-yards and tossed the first of his two touchdown passes and the comeback was on. The Dolphins scored the most points in a game this season and they did it all in the second half, coming back for the 20-17 win.
Credit the offense for finally making an appearance, but the entire defense should get a game ball after holding the potent Falcons scoreless and allowing just 106 total yards in the second half. Cameron Wake has had at least part of a sack in four straight games and leads the club with 3.5. The big play came from cornerback Reshad Jones, who secured Miami’s first interception of the year late in the game to thwart a Falcons drive and secure the victory.
2017 Record: 3-2
2017 ATS Record: 3-2
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 0-5
Current Super Bowl Odds: +7500
Current Odds to Win AFC: +5000
Current Odds to Win AFC East: +2000
Current NFL Odds: Dolphins -3
Over/Under Total: 38.5
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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