This time last year, the Atlanta Falcons weren’t much better off than the Dolphins are now.
Atlanta’s 2015 season came crashing down with a six-game losing streak, and the Falcons finished 8-8 before jumping to 11-5 this year and making a run to the Super Bowl. They were within a minute of winning the championship before New England rallied for 34-28 overtime victory.
Atlanta was a 40-to-1 bet to win it all last February, and the Dolphins go into the 2017 season with similarly long odds. Westgate has them at 30-to-1, and Bovada has them opening at 50-to-1. That’s 17th and 19th in the league, respectively. The Patriots are favored to repeat at 5-to-1, and the biggest underdogs are the 49ers and Browns at 300-to-1.
For comparison, Westgate’s odds put the Dolphins in line with the Buccanneers (30-to-1), Texans, Bengals, Redskins, Eagles and Titans (all 40-to-1). Going into last season, Westgate had Miami as a 50-to-1 long shot.
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