After the Miami Dolphins saw starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill go down with a season-ending ACL tear in a training camp practice, a year ago, they foolishly decided to go with recently retired career underachiever Jay Cutler as their starting signal-caller in 2017. Predictably, Cutler started 14 games while going 6-8 in those contests and Miami finished with a pitiful 6-10 record when they could have signed, oh, let’s say Colin Kaepernick.
Now, as the Fins get set for the upcoming 2018 season, Miami is looking to get back to being the double-digit winning team they were in 2016 when they went 10-6 to reach the postseason for the first time since 2008. Whether the Dolphins can fulfill their playoff hopes in 2018, there are a bunch of games that they’re going to play in that NFL betting fans and enthusiasts alike just shouldn’t miss out on.
Here’s my expert betting take on those contests!
Miami Dolphins 2018 NFL Betting Guide
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9, vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET
The Titans might have a new head coach in Mike Vrabel that is inexperienced and they might need some time to adjust to his new style, but they’ve also got the best quarterback in this matchup with Marcus Mariota being infinitely better than Ryan Tannehill.
NFL Betting Pick: Titans: 27 Dolphins 24
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, vs. Oakland Raiders, 1 p.m. ET
Like their Week 1 matchup, Derek Carr is so much better than Ryan Tannehill it isn’t even funny. Hell, Jon Gruden could out-coach Adam Gase from the TV booth for that matter. The Raiders get the road win in this Week 3 matchup as Gruden starts to whip them back into being a playoff contender.
NFL Betting Pick: Raiders 30 Dolphins 21
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30, at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. ET
The only thing you need to worry about in this Week 4 matchup is whether New England will cover the chalk as a double-digit home favorite. The Super Bowl champs cashed in a year ago as a 17-point home fave, so…there’s that!
NFL Betting Pick: Patriots 35 Dolphins 21
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7, at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET
I’m expecting the Bengals to be a lot better than anyone thinks at this point. Andy Dalton and company put more points on the board in this one to get the home win.
NFL Betting Pick: Bengals 30 Dolphins 20
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 14, vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET
Maybe it’s me, but I’ll easily take Chicago’s second-year signal-caller Mitchell Trubisky over the mediocre Tannehill. Still, I think the Fins pull out the super narrow home win in a shootout!
NFL Betting Pick: Dolphins 28 Bears 27
Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 25, at Houston Texans, 8:20 p.m. ET
There is literally no way that Miami pulls off the Thursday night road upset in this one over Deshaun Watson, J.J. watt and a Houston Texans team hoping to reach the AFC Championship.
NFL Betting Pick: Texans 35 Dolphins 14
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 4, vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m. ET
The Dolphins get the win at home against their longtime AFC East division rivals – if only because they’re at home. However, let me also say that New York signal-caller Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater are both far better than Ryan Tannehill!
NFL Betting Pick: Dolphins 27 Jets 24
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11, at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. ET
To get right to the point, there is absolutely no way that Miami marches into Green Bay and get the upset win over Aaron Rodgers and company.
NFL Betting Pick: Packers 35 Dolphins 27
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 2, vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET
The Fins get a much-needed win at home in this one over a Bills team that could be awful at quarterback depending on how either A.J. McCarron or Nathan Peterman perform.
NFL Betting Pick: Dolphins 20 Bills 17
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 9, vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. ET
The Patriots have lost four of their last five road dates in South Florida, but they won’t drop this late-season matchup if only because they’ll be looking to pick up momentum before the playoffs.
NFL Betting Pick: Patriots 31 Dolphins 21
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16, at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET
If the Minnesota Vikings powerful defense doesn’t pick off Tannehill at least twice in this affair, I’ll be completely stunned. Kirk Cousins leads Minnesota to the big home win in this Week 15 mismatch.
NFL Betting Pick: Vikings 38 Dolphins 17