Miami Dolphins NFL Betting Preview
Without their starting quarterback the Miami Dolphins were still able to win six games last season. The return of Ryan Tannehill is an upgrade over the Jay Cutler experiment, and now in his third season Adam Gase is putting his stamp on the team. But is it enough for the Fins to return to their 2016 form? Tannehill was working on a career season before being shelved late in the year. The Dolphins finished 10-6, ending a 7-year playoff drought. Tannehill turns 30 before the start of the season and his injury history is a concern. But a return to form of two seasons ago will lift an offense that ranked 28th in scoring in 2017.
2018 Miami Dolphins at a Glance
Dolphins Super Bowl Odds: +1100
Dolphins AFC Championship Odds: +5000
Dolphins AFC East Odds: +845
Dolphins Regular Season Win Total: 6.5
The Dolphins aren’t calling it a rebuild, but they did make adjustments to the roster with hopes of improving the culture. The Ndamukong Suh era came to an end when the club parted ways with the hefty player and contract. The Fins also dealt leading receiver Jarvis Landry, who had nearly twice as many receptions as Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker last season. The purge actually started during last season when Gase pulled the trigger on a deal to send Jay Ajayi to Philadelphia.
Despite the loss of Landry, who had 112 catches, the offense should be better with Tannehill back running the show. Tannehill established career-bests with a 67.1 completion percentage and a 93.5 quarterback rating in 2016, his first working with Gase. Stills and Parker are capable of making up for Landry’s production and the signing of Danny Amendola as a possession receiver should help balance the attack. Kenyan Drake took over as the featured back for Ajayi and averaged nearly a yard and a half more per carry while scoring three of the team’s four rushing touchdowns.
The presence of Suh on the line didn’t help statistically. The Fins ranked 29th in points allowed last season and never finished better than 18th in his three seasons. He played 84 percent of the defensive snaps last season and will be hard to replace. The defense has to be better and the addition of Minkah Fitzpatrick in the draft will help the secondary. Also, 2017 second-rounder Raekwon McMillan is back in the middle after missing all of last season. The Fins aren’t expected to do much in 2018, but they are building a foundation.
2018 Miami Dolphins Schedule
Week 1: Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Sep. 9, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 2: Dolphins at New York Jets, Sunday, Sep. 16, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 3: Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Sep. 23, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 4: Dolphins at New England Patriots, Sunday, Sep. 30, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 5: Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 6: Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 7: Dolphins vs. Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 8: Dolphins at Houston Texans, Thursday, Oct. 25, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFLN)
Week 9: Dolphins vs. New York Jets, Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 10: Dolphins at Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 13: Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 14: Dolphins vs. New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 15: Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 16: Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 22/23, TBA (TBA)
Week 17: Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Miami Dolphins History
An expansion team in the American Football League for the 1966 season, the Dolphins never enjoyed a winning season or a playoff appearance in their four-year AFL existence. With their move to the NFL in 1970 as part of the merger, the team hired Don Shula and the rest, as they say, is history. The Fins went 10-4 in their first NFL season and made the club’s first playoff appearance. They would win 10 games the next season and play in the first of three straight Super Bowls. The Dolphins lost Super Bowl VI to Dallas, but it paved the way for history the following the season.
Starting quarterback Bob Griese was knocked out with a broken leg in Week 5 of the 1972 season and the Fins turned to Earl Morrall, who led the team to nine straight victories to cap a 14-0 regular season. Morrall directed a pair of playoff wins before Griese returned for Super Bowl VII where the Dolphins finished off the only perfect season in NFL history with a 14-7 victory over the Washington Redskins.
Miami made it three consecutive Super Bowl appearances and two straight wins the next season. The Dolphins reached the Super Bowl twice more after that, losing the big game following the 1982 and 1984 seasons. Shula retired after the 1995 season, ending his 33-year career as the NFL’s leader in wins with 257 of his 328 victories coming as the Dolphins coach. The team has cycled through 10 coaches since and they’ve been to the postseason just twice since 2002.
|2016||10-6||Lost Wild Card Round|
|2008||11-5||Lost Wild Card Round|
|2001||11-5||Lost Wild Card Round|
|2000||11-5||Lost Divisional Round|
|1999||9-7||Lost Divisional Round|
|1998||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|1997||9-7||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1995||9-7||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1994||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|1992||11-5||Lost Conference Championship|
|1990||12-4||Lost Divisional Round|
|1985||12-4||Lost Conference Championship|
|1984||14-2||Lost Super Bowl|
|1983||12-4||Lost Divisional Round|
|1982||7-2||Lost Super Bowl|
|1981||11-4-1||Lost Divisional Round|
|1979||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|1978||11-5||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1974||11-3||Lost Divisional Round|
|1973||12-2||Won Super Bowl|
|1972||14-0||Won Super Bowl|
|1971||10-3-1||Lost Super Bowl|
|1970||10-4||Lost Divisional Round|