NFL Betting Has Mixed Feelings about Dolphins-Bucs Game
The online NFL betting season officially kicks off this Thursday, sending football wagering fans scrambling to find some favorable lines. One contest that NFL betting sportsbook players should keep an eye out for is this Sunday’s contest between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins. As of now, NFL wagering sites haven’t quite made up their mind about this contest, so as the week goes on there might be some appealing action to come out.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins – Sunday, Sept. 10th
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens
Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TBP
Miami Dolphins TBP
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs fought valiantly in 2016 and in Dirk Koetter’s first season at the helm, the franchise managed to post a 9-7 record. Tampa Bay would go on to finish 2nd in the NFC South, the best the Bucs have finished in the division in 10 years. Because of this, Tampa Bay has a good feeling about the 2017 season – despite the fact that online NFL betting bookmakers have the Bucs finishing third in the division.
It’s been 11 seasons since Tampa Bay has been able to make their way into the playoffs. Nevertheless, the Bucs have the talent to get the job done this season. Jameis Winston has thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in the league. It’s no understatement to say that Winston is one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the league. We’ll have to see what kind of numbers he can post with the experience he has acquired.
The Dolphins didn’t know what to expect in Adam Gase’s first year. In the end, the Dolphins exceeded everyone’s expectations by posting a 10-6 record and finishing 2nd in the AFC East. Had Miami shared a division with anyone other than the New England Patriots, the Dolphins might have just been able to win the division. Nonetheless, Miami still managed to qualify for the postseason via a Wild Card berth.
Unfortunately for Miami fans, that Wild Card round would be as far as the Dolphins would get. The Pittsburgh Steelers would be the team to send them home, 30-12. Now, Miami is ready to take the 2017 season by storm.
Or rather, the Dolphins were ready to do that until starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending injury. Early in August, Tannehill tore his ACL and ultimately decided to undergo season-ending surgery. In his place, the Dolphins have decided to bring in the infamous Jay Cutler.
While this might seem like a foolish idea, especially when considering that Colin Kaepernick – who has actually led a team to the Super Bowl, is still unsigned. However, when looking at the players it’s clear the move wasn’t that misguided.
Before Gase took up the job as the Dolphins’ head coach, he served as the Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator for a single season in 2015. Cutler posted a career high 92.3 passer rating in 2015 with Gase in his ear and Miami is hopeful that they can replicate that success this season. We’ll have to see but it wouldn’t be wise to hold your breathe.