The 2016 regular season schedule was not kind to Miami fans betting on NFL. The Dolphins will open their campaign with the one-two punch of the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots – two away homes versus the two odds-on favorites to win Super Bowl 51. Needless to say that the Dolphins are underdogs in both instances, starting against the Seahawks on September 11th at Century Link Field (see www.sbgglobal.eu for more info on NFL odds). The Miami Dolphins did not make it to the playoffs in four years with Joe Philbin – or in the three years previous to that, for that matter – and are ready to turn over a new leaf under new head coach Adam Gase.
The change in coaches was long overdue, but Miami Dolphins fans who know a thing or two about betting on NFL realize that Miami will not return to the postseason until QB Ryan Tannehill develops a little more consistency. The Dolphins’ receiving corps includes DeVante Parker – well, maybe not, but more on that later – and Jarvis Landry, and Tannehill also has experienced running back Arian Foster at his disposal. Moreover, the O-line features the return of healthy Branden Albert as well as 13th overall first round pick rookie Laremy Tunsil. On defense, the Dolphins have Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh and Mario Williams. So it’s not all bad.
Unlike the Miami Dolphins, the Seattle Seahawks have won 10 or more games in each of the past four seasons, and appeared in the Super Bowl back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. Furthermore, Russell Wilson’s performance last season has people betting on NFL believing that his best years might still lie ahead of him. Seattle’s offense lost running back Marshawn Lynch to retirement, but second-year RB Thomas Rawls could step up to take his place. Rawls rushed 830 yards on 147 carries for 4 TDs in his rookie year. He also had 9 receptions for 76 yards and 1 touchdown. On defense, the ‘Hawks can get down and dirty with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and K.J. Wright.
As if the odds weren’t against the Miami Dolphins enough already, they may or may not have to play Seattle without three starters. LB Jelani Jenkins sustained an injury during the preseason, though Gase said he is on a “good track” to play on Sunday. Center Mike Pouncey has been dealing with a hip injury and said “I can’t answer that question” when asked when he’d be back. Finally, the aforementioned Parker is out with injuries to both hamstrings. Gase will have to move a few things around in order to weather the Seattle Seahawks’ barrage, but at the end of the day it might not be a matter of win or lose, but a matter of by how much. The Dolphins will presumably have a reprieve in week 3 when they host the Cleveland Browns at Hard Rock Stadium. Until then, they will experience first-hand the meaning of the expression “when it rains it pours.”