Miami Dolphins: What’s worse, start a season 1-7 or finish it 0-6?
By Juan Vasquez
The Miami Dolphins are finishing the season in a crucial match vs the Jets, a loss means they miss the playoffs and finish 8-9 after an 0-6 losing streak to end the season.
The 2022 Miami Dolphins were supposed to be the team that took everyone by surprise, and in a way they lived up to those expectations. Additions of Tyreek Hill, Terron Armstead, and others helped Tua Tagovailoa break out to pretty steep peaks.
However, surprises don’t always mean good things.
It was a big surprise that the Miami Dolphins started their season 8-3 and had a shot at not only winning their division but also winning the entire AFC. But what was a bigger surprise was how the Dolphins would end up fumbling that opportunity in one of the biggest collapses in franchise history.
With that being said I have one question for you.
What’s worse? The Miami Dolphins starting 1-7 or finishing 0-6?
Former Miami Dolphins HC was fired after starting the 2021 season 1-7, missing the playoffs, burning bridges with his own staff, having attitude problems, and being too stubborn for his own good.
However, Brian Flores had Jesse Davis as his starting tackle and DeVante Parker/Jakeem Grant as his main receivers. The only true stars were Xavien Howard who played hurt most of the season, a rookie Jevon Holland with limited snaps, and a rookie Jaylen Waddle on a limited playbook.
Sure, 1-7 has no excuse and a HC that will go rogue on his own staff can’t be trusted.
Mike McDaniel was hired to finish the job Flores couldn’t. Build a competitive offense while maintaining a high-level defense, a new team culture, and creating a bond with players and staff. McDaniel was given a brand new Ferrari with additions of Tyreek Hill, Terron Armstead, Connor Williams, Cedric Wilson, Alec Ingold, Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson, and more.
Of course, can’t forget about the most expensive addition on defense, the $100 Million dollar man Bradley Chubb.
The collapse isn’t completely finished since week 18 vs the Jets has yet to be played, but if the Dolphins lose is a 0-6 finish worse than a 1-7 start? Especially when you consider the arsenal of talent that was given to Mike McDaniel.
The Miami Dolphins opened up as 3.5-point favorites vs the New York Jets in week 18, in recent days the line has drastically shifted and the Jets are now 1.5-point favorites vs the Dolphins. Per Fanduel sports book.
And I can’t say I’m surprised since the Dolphins will be counting on 7th-round rookie Skylar Thompson and their brand-new signing at QB to back him up…
Vegas has been on point with all their predictions for the Miami Dolphins this year, some called these predictions easy money. Some even said these odds were “disrespectful” before the season started.
Miami Dolphins – Vegas odds – Before the season:
- Wins: 8.5
- Playoffs: +140 yes / -120 No
- Tua yards: 4,000
- Tua TDs: 25.5
Odds provided by Fanduel
As you can all see the Dolphins finished under in every statistical category except wins and playoff chances which are yet to be determined, but with the way Vegas is starting to lean for this game I wouldn’t be surprised if the Miami Dolphins finished 0-6 to close out their record 8-9.
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