Online NFL Gambling Prepares for Dolphins 2017 Debut
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The Miami Dolphins haven’t kicked off their 2017 online NFL gambling season yet. The reason being that Hurricane Irma forced the cancellation of the Week 1 home contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That contest has been rescheduled and this upcoming weekend will be our first glimpse at this year’s Dolphins.
Miami will be traveling to Los Angeles this weekend to take on the Chargers at the StubHub center. The Chargers are coming off a tough loss that should have been a 4th quarter comeback. Despite this, NFL betting websites are still favoring them over the Dolphins.
Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Chargers – Sunday, September 17th
When: 4:05 pm ET
Where: StubHub Center, Carson
Stream: CBS Sports, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Gambling Odds:
Miami Dolphins +4 (-105) 45 ½ (-110) +172
Los Angeles Chargers -4 (-115) 45 ½ (-110) -205
Since we haven’t gotten our first look at this year’s Miami squad, we’re gonna have to look at how they fared in 2016 to determine how they’ll manage against the Chargers this weekend. The Dolphins are coming off of a 10-6 season that saw the franchise finish 2nd in the AFC East. Despite not winning the division, Miami managed to make the playoff cut via a Wild Card only to be dismissed right away by the Steelers 12-30.
The Dolphins now look to enter the 2nd year of the Adam Gase era and accounting for last year’s success, Miami won’t settle for anything less than a strong playoff caliber season. The Dolphins made some splashes this past offseason in the online NFL gambling media when they chose to sign a retired Jay Cutler over the controversial Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has actually led a team to the Super Bowl while Cutler is known as a Brett Favre-wannabe who’s better at throwing picks than touchdowns.
Nevertheless, Cutler had the best year of his career in Chicago with Adam Gase as his offensive coordinator. Now reunited, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Cutler enjoy some mild success – with emphasize on the mild. We’ll get a first glance at the Gase-Cutler combo this weekend but it’s clear the NFL odds aren’t expecting much.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers had the pleasure of facing their AFC West rival’s the Denver Broncos. The Broncos won the Super Bowl 2 years ago but were crippled by inadequacy at the quarterback position last season. The offense once again held the Broncos back in their 2017 opener by committing 2 turnovers on the day and having 7 out of their 11 offensive drives ending in either a punt or a turnover. Despite this, the Chargers were unable to win the game late in the 4th.
Los Angeles had ample opportunity to do so as well. The Chargers got the ball late in the final quarter and had plenty of time to mount a late-game drive and win the rivalry. However, it seemed like there was too miscommunication and frankly Phillip Rivers never took command of his offense. It was a disappointing finish and in all honesty the Chargers practically chose to lose that game. We’ll see what they choose this weekend.