2018 NFL Season: Miami Dolphins Betting Recap
This past Miami Dolphins season went like many other previous Dolphins seasons. A brief bit of optimism followed by a lot of disappointment. Their entire 2017 season went to waste after Ryan Tannehill went down with a torn ACL during training camp, and hopes were high that they’d recapture some of their 2016 magic with a fully healthy Tannehill this year. They ended up finishing 7-9, a typical Dolphins record. They were even mediocre against the spread, finishing 8-8 against the number. Funnily enough, the over/under went 8-8 as well. They started off hot by covering three straight games, and most operated in bursts of covers the rest of the way. The under went 5-3 over their last eight games of the season as the offense completely fell off a cliff. Now, let’s dive deeper now on the Miami Dolphins Betting Recap.
Miami Dolphins Recap
Following the disastrous 2017 campaign, Dolphins fans were excited to get Tannehill back under center. Things started off on the right foot as they beat the Titans in their opener in what turned out to be a very bizarre game that was punctuate by multiple lightning delays. They won their next two against the Jets and Raiders, and started the year 3-0. Everything went downhill from there, starting with when they got smoked by 31 points by the Patriots in their next game. A loss to the Bengals the next week put them at 3-2, and Tannehill injured his shoulder in the loss to Cincinnati.
In came Brock Osweiler, and #Brocktober was born. Osweiler was inserted into the lineup for a game agains the Bears, the league’s best defense, and nobody gave them a chance. Osweiler ended up shocking the football world, and helped Miami pull out an overtime victory over Chicago. Osweiler was up and down the next few weeks though, and turned the reigns back over to Tannehill a few weeks later with the team sitting at 5-5.
The 2018 Dolphins season will be most remembered for The Miami Miracle. A couple weeks after Tannehill returned, they pulled off an incredible series of last-second laterals to stun the Patriots with a walk-off win that will go down in NFL history. After that victory they had a 7-6 record and a very realistic chance to make the playoffs. Facing their biggest games of the season, they completely collapsed and lost three straight contests to finish the year. All three losses were by double digits, and two were by at least 24 points.
Overall, the Dolphins were lucky to finish 7-9. They were beat badly many times, and their point differential indicates they were one of the worst teams in the league. The embarrassing nature of the defeats led owner Stephen Ross to take drastic measures. He fired Mike Tannebaum, his front office head, and fired head coach Adam Gase as well. It was also leaked to the media that the team would be parting ways with Tannehill this offseason, so they’ll look very different next year.
Super Bowl Or Bust?
Next year will be a transitional season for Miami. Ownership has openly indicated that they’ll be tanking, and it’ll be a rough year for fans. The team seems intent on losing as many games as possible in 2019, so that they can draft a quarterback high in 2020. They hired away Brian Flores from the Patriots to be their new coach, and it’ll be a long process as he tears it all down. As such, oddsmakers won’t be too high on their chances. Their opening win total will likely be one of the lowest in the league, and in their earliest Super Bowl odds BetOnline has them at 100/1, tied for the worst odds of any team.