Miami Dolphins Betting Preview 2020

Miami Dolphins 2020 Team Analysis and Schedule

The Miami Dolphins are one of the more fascinating teams in 2020. A massive rebuild has brought in many new additions, both free agents and draft pick, in an effort for this team to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016. If things go even better, they could potentially fight for the AFC East, a division they haven’t won since 2008.

Below you´ll find everything you need to know about the Dolphins, ranging from their must-know players to their upcoming schedule. If you are new to betting, check out our NFL betting page.

Miami Dolphins  2020 Schedule

Week

Date

Opponent

Week 1

Sept. 13

at New England Patriots

Week 2

Sept. 20

Buffalo Bills

Week 3

Sept. 24

at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 4

Oct. 4

Seattle Seahawks

Week 5

Oct. 11

at San Francisco 49ers

Week 6

Oct. 18

at Denver Broncos

Week 7

Oct. 25

Los Angeles Chargers

Week 8

Nov. 1

Los Angeles Rams

Week 9

Nov. 8

at Arizona Cardinals

Week 10

Nov. 15

New York Jets

Week 11

BYE Week

BYE Week

Week 12

Nov. 29

at New York Jets

Week 13

Dec. 6

Cincinnati Bengals

Week 14

Dec. 13

Kansas City Chiefs

Week 15

Dec. 20

New England Patriots

Week 16

Dec. 26 or 27

at Las Vegas Raiders

Week 17

Jan. 3

at Buffalo Bills

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Miami Dolphins Key Games

Miami will go up against their AFC East rivals two times each, the AFC West, NFC West, plus the Jaguars and Bengals, two other fourth-place finishers from 2019. It’s the third most-difficult schedule according to the strength of schedule rankings, but both the Patriots and Jets have it tougher.

Last Year’s History

Under first-year head coach Brian Flores, there was a widespread belief that Miami would struggle to win more than a game or two. They traded key veterans both before and during the season, including OT Laremy Tunsil, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, and RB Kenyan Drake, in an effort to stockpile draft picks. Their overt tanking led to an 0-7 start and a date with the number one pick in the draft.

However, the second half of the season took a different turn. Beginning in Week 9, the Dolphins won their first game of the season, an eight-point home win against the Jets, and then beat the Colts the following week in Indianapolis. Afterwards, they ended up also beating both the Eagles and Bengals at home, before stunning the world and upsetting the Patriots in New England in Week 17. It was Miami’s first win in Foxborough since 2008, and it also kept the Patriots from getting a first round bye for the first time in 10 years. So, after a dismal start, the Dolphins went 5-4 in their last nine games to finish 5-11 in 2019’s regular season action.

Miami Dolphins Key Players

Tua Tagovailoa

While it’s not exactly clear that Tua will start come September, we’re anticipating the Dolphins to pull the trigger. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a handful of teams find unparalleled success with young quarterbacks. The Rams used this formula to make the Super Bowl a couple of years back and the Chiefs used it to win the Super Bowl this past season. Having a talented quarterback on a rookie deal affords you the cap space to pick up higher-priced veterans who are at the top of their game.

Miami might elect to give Tua some room for development. However, Tagovailoa seems like  much more alluring option than veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and former 1st round pick Josh Rosen.

Eric Rowe

Rowe is a former Patriot as well as a two-time Super Bowl Champion. Last season, he was brought on by a one-year deal. In Week 17 he earned himself an extension by picking off Tom Brady and running it back for 6. In doing so, he robbed the Pats’ of a first-round bye in the playoffs and won the hearts of Miami fans.

Rowe is a veteran defensive back with a ton of playoff experience. He adds a great mindset to this defense and puts the numbers up as well. Last season he snagged 54 solo tackles, setting a personal best.

Myles Gaskin

Myles Gaskin is not relatively well known. Gaskin was picked up by the Dolphins in the 7th round of the NFL draft. He played in 7 games last season and didn’t put up very impressive numbers. Gaskin did, however, manage to maintain an average of 3.7 yards gained per attempt. On its own, that’s not that impressive. But when accounting for how bad the Dolphins were at running the ball, it’s impressive to see that Gaskin maintained an acceptable average.

For comparison, Gaskin’s counterpart (Kalen Ballage) finished the season with a pitiful 1.7 average.

Miami Dolphins New Additions

With space on the roster and money to spend, the Dolphins went out and spent in free agency. Their largest contract was given to Cowboys CB Byron Jones, who alongside Howard is forming into one of the best corner duos in football. They also signed strong defensive players from their division rivals, inking Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy to a four-year deal and Bills DE Shaq Lawson for three years. The signings didn’t stop there, especially on defense, as Miami also came to agreements with Bengals S Clayton Fejedelem and Chiefs EDGE Emmanuel Ogbah for the next couple of seasons.

For offense, Miami brought in Eagles RB Jordan Howard on a two-year pact, where he figures to get the first crack at the starting job. Howard will face competition from Matt Breida, who was acquired in a trade with the 49ers during the draft. Regardless of who’s running, they’ll do it behind a revamped offensive line that signed a couple of new starters in Redskins OG Ereck Flowers and Patriots C Ted Karras.

When the draft was over, Miami walked away with eleven selections. The first of those selections was the heralded Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa. With two other selections in the first round, Miami picked USC OT Austin Jackson and Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene, who will likely start at left tackle and slot corner, respectively. The team continued their overhaul of the offensive line in round two with Louisville OG Robert Hunt, who is also in a position to start along the right side.  Miami then added Alabama NT Raekwon Davis later in the round. Texas S Brandon Jones, Georgia OG Solomon Kindley, and Boise State EDGE Curtis Weaver represent a few other notable selections made by the Dolphins.

Miami Dolphins Key Subtractions

The Dolphins did much of their subtracting in 2019, however, they still lost a couple of games this year. The main ones come along the defensive line, where DE Charles Harris who was traded to the Falcons last month and DE Taco Charlton signed with the Chiefs shortly after being cut. The rest of the departures were fairly minor, with OL Evan Boehm and Evan Brown signing with the Bills and Browns, respectively. Both CB Aqib Talib and S Reshad Jones are also still free agents and remain unsigned.

Divisional Outlook

Until another team overtakes them, the Patriots will still be the team to beat in the AFC East. But, this year is very different, with Tom Brady now in Tampa Bay and defensive vets like Jamie Collins and Van Noy out of town. The Dolphins have always played New England very well at home and normally struggle on the road, but the script was flipped last year when Miami lost 43-0 at home but won 27-24 in Foxborough.

After their second playoff appearance in three years, some could argue that the Bills may be Miami’s stiffest competition. They gave QB Josh Allen a weapon in WR Stefon Diggs, and also bolstered an already-strong defense with DE Mario Addison, who joins stars in DE Jerry Hughes and CB Tre’Davious White. The Dolphins struggled both times against Buffalo, falling 31-21 on the road and 37-20 at home. They’re looking for their first win versus the Bills since December 2, 2018.

As for the Jets, they’re the team Miami is the likeliest to pass this season. But they still bring some talent to the field with QB Sam Darnold, RB Le’Veon Bell, DE Quinnen Williams, and S Jamal Adams. Led by former Dolphins coach Adam Gase, New York handed Miami their first win of 2019. But, the Dolphins couldn’t make it a sweep, losing 22-21 in New York. Before that one-point loss, Miami had won the last four matchups against the Jets overall.

Miami Dolphins Offense

Someone has to have to worst running offense in the NFL. And in 2019, that honor went to the Miami Dolphins. With an average of 72.25 rushing yards per game, the Fins were the absolute worst run unit in the league. Thankfully, they were better through the air, where they ranked as the 13th best passing game in the league. However, that yardage wouldn’t amount to much as Miami ranked 25th overall in scoring. Moving forward, if the Fins elect to start their rook, things may turn around for them.

Miami Dolphins Defense

The Miami Dolphins’ ranked dead last in running the ball offensively. Defensively, they ranked dead last in points allowed per game. In fact, Miami gave up a whopping 30.88 points per game. Naturally, this led to the woeful season that the Dolphins turned in. They also struggled against the pass as they ranked 27th in that department. While Miami has made some eye-catching additions, it’s doubtful it will be enough to turn around these numbers.

 

Team FAQ

What is the Miami Dolphins’ all-time record?

457-371-4

Who owns the Miami Dolphins?

Stephen M. Ross owns the Dolphins. 

How many Super Bowls have the Miami Dolphins won?

2 (1974, 1973)

Who is the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins?

The Dolphins will be going with either Tua Tagovailoa or Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. 

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