Miami Dolphins 2017: bad on field, but how bad against the spread?

Jay Cutler of the Miami Dolphins is sacked by David Bass and Dylan Donahue of the New York Jets. The Dolphins weren’t very good in real life, or in Vegas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins won only six games this season, but how did they fare in Las Vegas?

Well, if you bet on the Dolphins all season long, you would not have done very well.

According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, via ESPN.com, the Dolphins were tied for the third-worst against the spread mark in 2017.

Miami was 5-9-2 against the spread, tying the Oakland Raiders.

The only teams worse? Denver, coached by former Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, at 4-11-1 and winless Cleveland, at 4-12.

The Dolphins also failed to reach the preseason over/under of seven wins, though many bets were placed before Ryan Tannehill went down for the season with a knee injury.

What do some of the teams who finished with the NFL’s best records, and some of the best records against the spread have in common? Quarterback play, of course.

Led by Case Keenum, Minnesota led the NFL at 11-4-1 ATS. Tom Brady’s New England Patriots were 11-5 and Carson Wentz’s Philadelphia Eagles were 10-6.

In real life and in Vegas, always bet on the best quarterback.

What do some of the teams who finished worst in the NFL and worst against the spread have in common? Quarterback play, of course.

Tannehill played zero games and Jay Cutler played only a small handful well.

What do the Broncos and Browns have in common?

Well, Brock Osweiler, of course.

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