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Will the tank be on in 2019-20? That’s the question many an NFL bettor will be asking themselves each and every passing week of the regular season. Notice regular season was the only thing mentioned, as the Miami Dolphins won’t be sniffing the playoffs even after winning a surprising seven games a short season ago. No other team in the league currently possess a shorter win total than that of new head coach Brian Flores’ Fins who currently check in at 4.5. While heavy -145 juice is currently attached to the over, it’s only because Miami’s season win total odds initially hit the board at offshore sportsbooks at 5. The betting markets have since let their opinion be known, and it’s hard to argue when you take into account just how improved the rest of the AFC East looks to be heading into Week 1.
In finishing a distant second in the division behind the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, one might surmise the Dolphins had a pretty good team on both sides of the ball. That assumption couldn’t be further from the truth! Miami’s best component was the ground game which averaged 108.6 yards per game to rank No. 18. The passing attack was nonexistent with it ranked No. 30, and the scoring offense was ugly in averaging 26.1 points per game ( No. 26 ). With that, GM Chris Grier traded Ryan Tannehill to the Titans, inked Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency and traded for Josh Rosen in the NFL Draft. However, not much was done to shore up an offensive line that allowed Miami quarterbacks to get sacked a whopping 52 times! As good Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson have proven to be in the past, what good will it do if both quarterbacks are forced to run for their lives on just about every passing down? If Wisconsin tackle Michael Deiter is able to make a huge impact along the front wall, this unit could make some noise regardless of whether “FitzMagic” or Rosen is leading the attack – that’s a big if though!
The fun won’t stop there for those looking to fade the Dolphins as much as possible this upcoming NFL betting season! Miami ranked amongst the bottom third of the league in most pertinent defenses stat categories last season. It couldn’t stop the run evidenced by the 145+ yards surrendered per game ( No. 31 ) with only five teams possessing worst scoring defenses than that of the Fins. The unit’s two best pass rushers – Robert Quinn and Cameron Wake – are no longer on the roster which will have the franchise leaning on first round draft pick Christian Wilkins even more putting an unjust amount of pressure on the youngster to perform in his first season playing at the NFL level. Miami looks to be in its best shape in the secondary where young studs Minkah Fitzpatrick and Xavien Howard still roam. Other than that, it’s darn near close to impossible to get excited about this unit and think it has much of a chance to improve its outputs from a season ago even though a defensive minded head coach is now at the controls.
Ravens, Patriots, Cowboys and Chargers – that’s how Miami’s first month of the season shapes up. Good luck with that! Along with playing in what’s expected to be a drastically improved AFC East, the Dolphins get the NFC East and AFC North. With that, it would come as quite the shock if Miami was able to surpass its current season win total let alone snag a single win within division play.