If Miami can survive the early part of the season they could be okay but six of their first seven opponents this season were playoff teams last year. Making an NFL bet on the Dolphins early in the season might be risky.
NFL wagering online odds will favor the Dolphins in their season opener at Buffalo and Miami does get a break facing Minnesota in Week 2 since Brett Favre has retired. Home games against the New York Jets and New England Patriots will not be easy in Weeks 3 and 4 with both of the games in prime time. The Dolphins face the Jets on NBC on Sunday night in Week 3 and the Patriots on Monday night in Week 4.
Miami’s bye comes early this season in Week 5. The Dolphins have a very tough slate of games after their bye week. They are at Green Bay in Week 6 and then for some reason face three straight games vs. AFC North teams. They host Pittsburgh before traveling to Cincinnati and Baltimore. The Dolphins then host Tennessee and Chicago in Weeks 10 and 11.
The Dolphins do have a favorable schedule down the stretch vs. the NFL wagering online odds. They are at Oakland in Week 12 and then home against Cleveland in Week 13. They go to the New York Jets in Week 14 before two games that should be easy at home in Weeks 15 and 16 as they host Buffalo and Detroit. They finish up on the road at New England in Week 17.
The AFC East looks like a very strong division this season and Miami is one of the teams in the mix. Those making an NFL bets believe that the Dolphins need to survive the early part of the season though if they want to be a factor in the playoff race. If they can be at or above .500, their late season schedule should help them as they look to make the playoffs. Miami added wide receiver Brandon Marshall in the off-season and they should be able to put more points on the board this season. With their schedule of games they will need to do so early to keep pace with New York and New England in the AFC East.