The Miami Dolphins went through a difficult coaching transition last NFL betting season. When Dan Campbell came in as the interim coach, the team responded with a handful of big wins…and then came back down to earth. Ryan Tannehill is a gifted quarterback whose abilities have not yet been mined successfully. Is this going to be the Year of the Fish? The Patriots will have something to say about that, and the Jets will be competitive again too.
Even the Bills might have more than Rex Ryan’s bombast to drive them, if Tyrod Taylor can stay healthy. Let’s look at some of the top NFL spreads for you to consider with regard to betting on the Dolphins this year.
Miami Dolphins Top NFL Spreads Week 1-16
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Week 1: Miami at Seattle (-8.5)
Let’s see. The Dolphins face one of the longest road trips not involving a game in London, and they meet a Seahawks team still smarting from losing to the Carolina Panthers in the playoffs. Seattle has one of the strongest defensive units in the NFC, and Tannehill will still be trying to get his new offense to click. This could be a fairly ugly rout. Even without Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks feature a bruising offense as well. I like the Seahawks to win and cover.
Week 5: Tennessee at Miami (-5.5)
The Dolphins have a decent defense, so they should be able to make life difficult for Marcus Mariota and new running back DeMarco Murray. The Titans don’t have a solid O-line, and the Dolphins have a pretty good pass rush. Tannehill will have plenty of spots to throw the ball against the Titans. But can the Dolphins win by a touchdown? This is a tough line for them because I’m not sure they have the offensive prowess to pull that far ahead. I like Tennessee to cover.
Week 7: Buffalo at Miami (-1)
The Bills delivered a 41-14 walloping to the Dolphins down in Miami last year and then routed them later back up in New York later in the season. The Dolphins will struggle to control Tyrod Taylor and the Bills’ offense. If Tannehill can’t get past the onslaught of Buffalo pass rushers, this will be another whipping. I like the Bills to win and cover.
Week 14: Arizona (-3) at Miami
Carson Palmer showed that he can run a high-octane offense last year, taking the Cardinals all the way to the NFC Championship. The Dolphins have yet to show that they can stop that kind of offense or mount that much of an offensive effort consistently themselves. I’m actually not sure why this line is so low given the competitive difference between the teams, so I would jump on this now. I like Arizona to win and cover.
Week 15: Miami at New York Jets (-5)
The Jets had one of the best secondaries in the NFL last year, which is one reason they were on the cusp of the playoffs. Their offense was a little iffy, but with Geno Smith returning, the team should have some more athleticism at that position — as long as he can manage the ball. I like the Jets to win and cover.