2018 Miami Dolphins Season Win Totals Predictions and Expert Picks
2017 Record: 6-10
2018 Miami Dolphins Las Vegas Season Win Total: 6.5
2018 Miami Dolphins Season Win Total Picks NCAA Football: 'Over'
If NFL players and teams are defined by how they perform under the greatest pressure then we are going to find out everything we need to know about Miami pretty early on this season. They have a coach that is coaching for his job. They have a quarterback that is playing for his job. And they have a whole host of guys - Frank Gore, Danny Amendola, Josh Sitton, Kiko Alonso, Akeem Spence - that are last-chancing it.
The writing is on the wall in South Beach. And that writing is only slightly more optimistic than "REDRUM".
Things kind of start and finish with Adam Gase and Ryan Tannehill. A flawed pairing from the start, this might be the last chance we have to bet against them. Gase went 10-6 in his rookie coaching season, which was the only one in which he had Tannehill. And now Gase is hoping that his signal caller is fully recovered after missing all of last season (and the close of 2016) with ACL injuries.
Tannehill has not been terrible as a starting NFL quarterback. In the four years that make up the bulk of his career, he's averaged around 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while compiling around a .500 record as a starter (30-31). Now it is time to find out if there is anything more to him than that.
On the surface, Miami has the potential for a potent offense. They have a stable of receivers, a couple promising young running backs with Gore as a mentor, and an average offensive line. So it really all comes back to Tannehill.
Right now the problems all look like they are on the defensive side of the ball. Miami has had the most porous defense in the NFL this preseason, surrendering 410 yards and 26.7 points in three games, both league worsts. They've been atrocious against the run, yielding 174 yards per game on the ground and 5.2 yards per carry. And there aren't reinforcements coming.
Miami had to endure the Jay Cutler Experience last season, so you really have to throw most of their numbers out the window. It was a lost year. There are some numbers - they won five close games and were plus-three in that category, they were Pythagorean overachievers - that suggest Miami should be worse this year. But there are also some numbers - injuries, offensive and defensive scoring numbers, turnovers - that suggest a prime sleeper candidate.
I'm sure the Dolphins will land somewhere in the middle. They aren't good enough to compete in the AFC. But they also have enough put together to avoid falling off a cliff. Frankly, if they were going to bottom out it would've been last year with Cutler. But they still won six games. I have to think that they are better this season. And the Fins will be playing a much more favorable schedule this season after having to crossover with the loaded NFC South and tricky AFC West. Miami should find an extra win somewhere this year in games against the NFC North and AFC South.
I have Miami at 7-9 and relatively competitive. It isn't anything that I'm terribly confident in, but I would go with the 'over' here.
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