The Miami Dolphins concluded their 2011 regular season with a 6-10 overall record and finished in third place in the AFC East division. It was the third straight year that the Dolphins missed the playoffs and the team fired head coach Tony Sparano who went 29-32 in his four seasons with the club. Enter first year head coach Joe Philbin who has no head coaching experience. He served previously as the offensive coordinator with the Green Bay Packers. Miami started the season with seven straight losses but closed out the year with a 6-3 mark but beat no playoff teams during that streak. The AFC east in 2012 will play all the clubs from the NFC West and AFC South.
The Miami Dolphins regular season win total has been lined at 7 ½ wins. The under 7 ½ wins is favored by -175 odds with over 7 ½ wins taking back +145 odds. The Miami Dolphins betting odds for season wins were courtesy of Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The Dolphins struggled during the Sparano years has come from the offensive side of the football. They have not been blessed with good quarterback play and it’s a shame because the Miami Dolphins coaching staff did a pretty good job with the team’s defense as they fought and clawed to stay competitive in games. To spur the offense last year the team acquired Reggie Bush in free agency but struggled early on to get him into their offense. Quarterback Matt Moore and Chad Henne failed to get Bush the ball in the open field where he could do damage to opposing defenses. With Henne gone it will be Matt Moore and first round pick Ryan Tannehill vying for the starting position under center. Tannehill got a break as his offensive coordinator at Miami is his former head coach at Texas A&M in Mike Sherman who was fired following the Aggies loss to the Texas Longhorns. The Dolphins shipped out wide out Brandon Marshall and now Miami is left with possession type receivers and really no standout in the mix that can stretch opposing defenses. Chad Johnson was signed after being cut by the Patriots but has digressed and not the breakaway threat he once was. Rookie B.J. Cunningham could be a sleeper pick in the draft for Miami as he showed great potential with Michigan St. With the quarterback and receiving corps leaving little to be desired plus the coaching overhaul’s possible negative impact on the defense the pick here is playing the Miami Dolphins to go under 7 ½ wins at sportsbooks.