Miami Dolphins NFL Prediction: 2019 Season Betting Odds and Preview

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 29, 2019

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The Miami Dolphins are hoping that a new head coach and a new quarterback will help them improve on last season's 7-9 record, but could this club become the third in NFL history to go 0-16?

When head coach Adam Gase took over the Miami Dolphins for the 2016 season and led the team to a 10-6 record and first playoff berth since 2008, the future looked bright in south Florida. Gase, an offensive-minded guy, appeared to get the best out of promising but inconsistent quarterback Ryan Tannehill. However, things went downhill for both immediately after that ’16 campaign and now neither are with the Dolphins. Miami slipped to 7-9 last year and fired Gase.

The team hired former Patriots linebackers coach/de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores to replace him; many Dolphins fans were less than enthused with that move. Not a very sexy hire with most teams hiring offensive gurus at head coach, and for whatever reason guys from the Bill Belichick coaching tree haven’t panned out more often than not on their own as head coaches. It’s going to be a long year in Miami.

Miami Dolphins Acquisitions and Transactions

Obviously the biggest move was hiring Flores, who had never been a head coach at any level previously. He officially took the job less than 24 hours after his defense was brilliant in the 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. Flores certainly will know the Dolphins’ AFC East opponents intimately. Miami also gave up on Tannehill, sending the No. 8 overall pick in the 2012 draft to the Tennessee Titans for a 2019 seventh-round pick and 2020 fourth-rounder. The Fins dealt for Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, the No. 10 overall pick last year, and signed veteran journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. No other off-season additions really moved the needle.

Miami Dolphins 2019 NFL Schedule (All times ET)

Miami has the 18th-toughest schedule in the league with its opponents combining for a .500 winning percentage last season. It’s a very home-heavy slate until Week 7, and Miami is looking at likely four cold-weather outdoor games late in the season, never a good thing for a warm-weather club.

Week 1 (Sept. 8): vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 2 (Sept. 15): vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 3 (Sept. 22): at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (Fox)

Week 4 (Sept. 29): vs. LA Chargers, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 5: BYE

Week 6 (Oct. 13): vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (Fox)

Week 7 (Oct. 20): at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 8 (Oct. 28): at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 9 (Nov. 3): vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 10 (Nov. 10): at Indianapolis Colts, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Week 11 (Nov. 17): vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 12 (Nov. 24) at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 13 (Dec. 1): vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (Fox)

Week 14 (Dec. 8): at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 15 (Dec. 15): at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 16 (Dec. 22): vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 17 (Dec. 29): at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Miami Dolphins NFL Betting and Odds

2019 NFL Team Futures

To make the play-offs - Miami Dolphins
  • No -3333
  • Yes +800

As of this writing, it’s not clear who the team’s starting quarterback will be. Fitzpatrick has been around forever and is a smart guy as a Harvard graduate. He’s very capable of a 400-yard, five-touchdown game, but equally capable of a 120-yard, five interception game. He’s not part of the future.

Super Bowl LIV

  • Miami Dolphins +500000

The Dolphins need to find out if Josh Rosen possibly might be. There’s a reason he was drafted so high in 2018 and the Fins got him for a song from Arizona. Rosen did look terrible last year, but the Cardinals’ offence was historically bad overall. The problem is that Rosen is probably surrounded by worse skill position talent in Miami. Even if Rosen doesn’t win the job at first, he’ll get the most starts this year because he at least offers the possibility of being the long-term quarterback. Other than that, there’s not much to see on this team. Average to below-average just about everywhere.

Miami Dolphins Prediction

Of course, the Dolphins are the only franchise in league history to have a team finish unbeaten in the regular season AND win a Super Bowl. Could this club become the third in NFL history to go 0-16? Very doubtful, although it may only be favoured 3-4 times and certainly not once on the road. Most believe this is the least-talented roster in the NFL, thus the win total of 5.5. The under is a solid -217 favourite.

To make the playoffs, the Fins are the longest shots on the Sports Interaction board at +800. Not happening. Go ‘under’ that win total as Miami won’t be better than 4-12 (that may be optimistic) and will finish last in the AFC East.