Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Sports bettors, particularly the sharps in Las Vegas, were very impressed with the Miami Dolphins five games into the season. Their rookie coach and rookie quarterback had cashed tickets vs. Oakland, the NY Jets, Arizona, and Cincinnati on the way to playoff contention in the weak AFC.
The honeymoon ended fairly quickly…
THE DOLPHINS’ LAST FIVE GAMES
*Miami (-4) barely beat St. Louis 17-14 in a game that saw them outgained by a shocking 462-192 margin. Ryan Tannehill couldn’t move the ball, and the Miami defense let Sam Bradford put up uncharacteristically good numbers.
*Miami (+1.5) won a misleading blowout over the New York Jets that saw them outgained 363-236 while gaining just 4.0 yards-per-play. Lousy offense, but defense and special teams created key opportunities.
*Miami (-1.5) lost at Indianapolis 23-20 as their defense allowed more than 400 passing yards and 500 total yards to Andrew Luck and the Colts.
*Miami (-6) was obliterated by the mediocre Tennessee Titans 37-3 last week in the Sunshine State. The market gave them respect with that line, and the Dolphins sank under the pressure.
*Miami (+3) lost Thursday Night to Buffalo 19-14, getting outgained 281-184 despite facing one of the worst defenses in pro football!
Miami was outgained in all five of those encounters. In fact, if wins were based on yardage, the Dolphins would be 2-8 this year! Sports bettors might want to treat them as a 2-8 caliber team going forward given this current free fall. The defense doesn’t get to play Mark Sanchez any more, and is struggling vs. most everyone else. The offense hasn’t had a good game since September.
MIAMI’S UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Nov. 25: Seattle
Dec. 2: New England
Dec. 9: at San Francisco
Dec. 16: Jacksonville
Dec: 23: Buffalo
Dec 30: at New England
The next three games are against playoff contenders, as are four of the final six. Imagine, Miami is 2-8 in yardage and they haven’t even played New England yet!
Both Miami and Buffalo sit at 4-6 in the standings after Thursday Night’s result. Neither is likely to make a run at Wildcard contention. Though, Buffalo has a chance to get hot against a schedule featuring Indianapolis, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Seattle, Miami, and the NY Jets should Pittsburgh fall apart without Ben Roethlisberger or Andrew Luck run into trouble with the Colts.
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