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2005 Miami Dolphins NFL Handicapping Review


By Tom Wilkinson


The 2004 Miami Dolphins may have been dead months before the season even started as head coach Dave Wannstedt, who resigned under fire halfway through the season, was a well known lame duck entering it after having his general manager’s powers stripped of him. Primary running back Ricky Williams “retired” before the training camp to end any doubt about the sports handicapping direction of Miami for sports betting players. Many online sports betting blogs were, for once, full of accurate predictions of Miami’s impending demise.

Miami split their preseason games before the league opener at home versus Tennessee. Right from the start even the least observant sports betting player could see that this team had no offense as their 7-17 loss to the Titans proved. Online sports betting players surfing the net for sports handicapping information could read multitudes of stories regarding Miami’s quarterback woes and the deathwatch on Wannstedt, which was hardly the news to inspire any support for the Fish at online sports betting websites and sportsbooks.

As it was Miami would collapse out of the gate losing it’s first six games straight up, and five of those six against the sports betting odds. About the only sports betting players making football picks on Miami were those who were trying to guess when the slump would end, which brings up one of sports betting’s best adages which is that if a sports betting player wagers ON a streak he can be beaten only once.

After Miami gained a stunning straight up win and cover against the sports betting odds at home versus St. Louis, the Dolphins went back into the tank with two more consecutive losses both straight up and against the sports betting line. Wannstedt resigned after that final loss, which was at home to lowly Arizona. The Dolphins entered a bye week with a new coach and nothing to play for.

The sports betting line odds makers adjusted their lines to give Miami some value to leery sports betting players and the Fish responded with five wins against the online sports betting boards and sportsbooks in their final seven games, playing with renewed vigor under interim coach Jim Bates. The sports handicapping lesson here is that the online sports betting odds makers will keep adjusting lines on even the most unattractive teams to get action.









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