NFL Odds: Miami Dolphins: 2018 Betting Preview, Season Win Total, Super Bowl Odds
Miami Dolphins 2018 Betting Preview
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The Miami Dolphins made the playoffs back in 2016, but they’re already a much different team than they were back then. Adam Gase has decided he’s going to rebuild from this franchise in hopes of consistent success, as a once consistent contender in the AFC has made the playoffs just two times since 2002. Yeah, we’re talking all the way back to the Dave Wannstedt days.
So, Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh and Mike Pouncey are all gone, three of the cornerstones of this team the past few years and guys who many considered to be their best players. That may send vibes that this is a complete rebuild, but we may want to pump the breaks for a second.
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Ryan Tannehill hasn’t thrown a pass since December of 2016, and while he’s coming off two knee injuries, he had his best season under Gase. In 13 games, Tannehill completed 67 percent of his passes for nearly 3,000 yards and 19 touchdowns. It was good enough to lead the Dolphins to the playoffs for the first time since Lil Wayne Lollipop was on the charts. If Tannehill is healthy and capable of returning to that form, the Dolphins have the second best quarterback in the AFC East, easily.
While Landry is gone, the Dolphins still have a 1-2 punch in DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills, a duo that combined for more than 1,500 yards and seven touchdowns. Miami also got Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson for that Landry money, two receivers capable of providing what he brought to the offense. Kenyan Drake also has a mentor and a guy who can shoulder some of the load in Frank Gore, who may be 35 years old but has topped 900 rushing yards each of the last seven years. The offensive line returns three starters and may have improved as a whole with the additions of Daniel Kilgore and Josh Sitton.
The defensive line lost a monster in Suh, but it’s a much younger and athletic unit with Jordan Phillips and Davon Godchaux taking majority of the reps. Cameron Wake is still productive when healthy, and he should face less attention with the newly added Robert Quinn on the other side. Depth could be an issue up front, but this is a unit much more capable of rushing the passer.
The linebackers will get a boost with the return of last years first rounder Raekwon McMillan, who got injured in preseason. Newly drafted Jerome Baker also adds speed and tackling ability to the mix, and they allow Kiko Alonso to return to his more natural position. Reshad Jones is still one of the top safeties in the game, while Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley are young corners who flashed potential last season. First round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick is a playmaking free safety who is sure to add some explosiveness to the secondary.
The Dolphins are far from a perfect team, as the offensive line is still a question mark, the defensive line still lacks depth and the linebacker unit (different players this season) was horrendous last year. However, it seems like the market is sleeping on the Dolphins this season. If Tannehill can return to form and possibly even take that next step in his second season under Gase, the Dolphins should be a consistent offense, much improved over last year that was 28th in the NFL in points scored. The defense is more athletic, younger and the secondary has a chance to be one of the best in the AFC, especially with the addition of Fitzpatrick.
As long as the fins have a healthy starting quarterback come August, this is going to be another Dolphins season that has a chance to sneak into the playoffs over the last month.
Dolphins Win AFC East: Yes +1200 / Field -1900 (Second best team in the division on paper. Might as well take a shot with Tom Brady almost a senior citizen.)
Dolphins 6 season wins: Yes -120
Dolphins Win AFC: Yes +4500 / No -11000
Dolphins Win Super Bowl: +15000 Yes. Are the Miami Dolphins going to win the Super Bowl this season? Of course not. However, on paper, the Dolphins aren't the second worst team in the league. Currently, only the New York Jets have worse Super Bowl odds at 5Dimes. A $100 bet could win you 15 grand, which provides plenty of hedging room come playoff time, assuming they sneak in. Betting is all about value, and if Miami is better than oddmakers predict, you can guarantee a profit with this team by locking in a future bet and hedging later.