Miami Dolphins Betting Odds Preview
The acquisition of Mike Wallace highlighted a very busy offseason for the Miami Dolphins, who improved more than any other team in the AFC East. Reloaded on both sides of the ball, the Dolphins should take a step forward in 2013; but will it be enough to dethrone the New England Patriots?
Miami fought to a decent 7-9 SU record in 2012 despite being below-average on both sides of the ball. The Dolphins finished 27th in the league in total yards on offense with 311.5 per game and 21st in the league in total yards against on defense with 356.8 yards per game. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was serviceable but unspectacular, throwing for 3,294 yards and 12 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.
Many are expecting Tannehill to take a step forward in 2013, and he is certainly being given the weapons to do so. In addition to speedy star wideout Mike Wallace, the Dolphins also added Brandon Gibson and upgraded at tight end with Dustin Keller replacing Anthony Fasano. Reggie Bush is out, but Lamar Miller takes over as the starting back and looks capable of big things.
Miami didn’t just improve on offense, addressing its lackluster pass defense with a slew of draft picks and acquisitions. Inside Linebackers Danell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler should make an immediate impact, Brent Grimes replaces Sean Smith at cornerback and third overall pick Dion Jordan should be a spark plug at defensive end.
The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets both look to have a lot of work to do, and the New England Patriots took a lot of personnel hits this offseason. Miami could make a run at the AFC East title if everything comes together. The bottom line will be the progression of Ryan Tannehill; if he can take a big step forward in his development, the Dolphins will be a contender. If he hits a sophomore slump, it will likely spell out another middle of the pack season for the teal and orange.
AFC East Odds at Bovada as of July 26
New England Patriots -400
Miami Dolphins +325
New York Jets +1600
Buffalo Bills +1600