In The Bettors Corner: Miami Dolphins

The loss in week 17 at Buffalo in a win and in the playoffs situation where Miami gave up 56 points does not take away from the job Brian Flores did in turning around this franchise. By going 10-6 Miami showed a five game improvement from 2019 and in the process found there franchise quarterback. As they say in Miami, it's Tua time! Miami went 6-3 in games started by Tua Tagovailoa. After being selected fifth overall in the 2020 draft out of Alabama Tua was asked to take a back seat to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. But when it was time for Tua he threw for over 1,800 yards and 11 touchdowns in his nine starts. And along the way being the first rookie quarterback to beat future hall of fame coach Bill Belichick. Although in that win and in game in Buffalo the moment seemed to big for Tua and he was pulled in the third quarter after throwing three interceptions. After flirting with Deshaun Watson in the spring Miami decided Tua was the guy and Tua time in Miami began. Devante Parker led the team win 763 yards receiving. After using the 6th pick in the 2020 draft on Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle Miami signed free agent Will Fuller from Houston. He averaged 16.6 yards a catch and 8 touchdowns for Houston in 2020. The running back position has been one of constant change for Miami the last few years. At the top of the depth chart is Myles Gaskin. He ran for 584 yards and three touchdowns along with 44 catches in 2020. The Dolphins signed Malcolm Brown from the Rams to add depth. The defense is led up front by two former first round picks Christian Wilkins and Raekwon Davis. Emmanuel Ogbah led the team with 9- sacks and Xavien Howard led in interceptions with 10. Miami gave up 368 yards and 21 points a game. The Dolphins signed defensive tackle Adam Butler from New England and cornerback Justin Coleman from Detroit, two players familiar with Flores from New England. The Dolphins play 5 playoff teams from 2020. And of course they play Buffalo twice. After opening up in New England they only leave the state of Florida once over the following four weeks with a trip to Las Vegas. They travel to Tampa Bay in that stretch to play the Super Bowl champs. After a trip to London in week 6 to face the Jaguars the Dolphins have Atlanta, Houston, Carolina and the Giants all at home. Trips to New Orleans and Tennessee is followed by the season finale at home against New England.

Brian Flores is a very good coach, he has

gotten Miami to the brink of the playoffs in just two years. So much is riding on the development of Tua and the offense. Fitzpatrick is gone and Tua no longer has him as a security blanket. The schedule is not terribly hard. Leaving the state of Florida only twice before there trip to London gives them a chance to get off to a fast start. Home games with Atlanta, Houston, Carolina and the Giants after London are all winnable. New Orleans and Tennessee after Christmas is tough but playing the Jets twice should give them room for error by then. A 10-7 record seems reachable.

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