The Seattle Seahawks will start the 2016 season as NFL betting favorites when they host the Miami Dolphins at Century Link Field on Sunday, September 11th. These are the football betting, online odds for that game:
Dolphins +10½ (-110) 44 (-110)
Seahawks -10½ (-110) 44 (-110)
Let’s face it; the Seahawks are a one-quarterback team. Lucky for them, that QB is Russell Wilson, who gained entry into the elite of the Bradys and Newtons, and the such-and-so’s with a record-breaking performance in 2015 – in which he threw 329 of 483 (68.1%) for 4024 passing yards and 34 TDs. Wilson has yet to miss a single game in his professional career, but should anything happen to him, his shoes – like a clown’s – might just prove to be too big to fill for Trevone Boykin or Jake Heaps. Rumor has it, though, that Seattle is set to announce a trade they made with the Denver Broncos for QB Mark Sanchez. If that is the case, NFL betting fans could expect Sanchez to be their very own Matt Cassel.
Either way, it may be a moot point. Wilson is at a physical peak, so he is working on the mental aspect of the game – to paraphrase Yogi Berra, this game is 90% mental and the other half is physical – in order to become a “master of protection.” Additionally, Wilson has had to adjust to a new center, or rather an old player in a new position – Justin Britt, who has been moved from left guard to center. The transition has been easy, though, because Wilson and Britt know each very well. What’s next for Russell Wilson? Presumably achieving nirvana and becoming one with the Universe.
The Dolphins don’t have a lot to worry about in the QB department, either. Ryan Tannehill posted 4000+ passing yards for the second straight season in 2015 for 24 TDs. What sports writers, NFL betting fans, and even the coaching staff are eyeing intensely is the tight end position – especially with Adam Gase being the new head coach. As an offensive coordinator, Gase has always on a tight end or two. For example, Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme became mainstays in the Denver Broncos offense during Gase’s tenure in 2013-14, catching a combined 142 balls for 1,570 yards and 27 total touchdowns. The Dolphins’ new OC Clyde Christensen agrees that “we need some big plays out of that room,” as he told the Miami Herald.
It would appear as if Gase’s next pet project will be TE Jordan Cameron. The blocker-cum-pass-catcher had 30 receptions in 2015 – a far cry from his career-high 80 catches with the Cleveland Browns in 2013. Julius Thomas is actually a good friend of Cameron’s, and told him that Gase “does a good job of putting (tight ends) in spots to succeed.” All things considered, Cameron will not be the second coming of Rob Gronkowski anymore than Tannehill can outplay Russell Wilson, so it’s safe to assume the Dolphins will go down – albeit with a fight.