2009 Miami Dolphins Betting Preview

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What does a team have to do to get respect?  The Miami Dolphins went 11-5 last season and won the AFC East, yet they are 40-1 in NFL odds to win Super Bowl XLIV and they have a season over/under win total of 7.5.  NFL odds makers actually believe the Dolphins will slip to a losing record in 2009.

The Dolphins have basically the same team that won eleven games last year.  Bill Parcells has made a few off-season moves and head coach Tony Sparano has tweaked things a little bit but for the most part the Dolphins are going to do the same things they did a year ago.

Miami is led on offensive by quarterback Chad Pennington.  He was second in the MVP voting last year to Peyton Manning as he completed 67 percent of his passes.  Backup quarterback Chad Henne is biding his time until he gets a chance and the Dolphins picked up West Virginia quarterback Pat White in the draft to run the Wildcat offense.

The Dolphins have a nice duo at running back with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams who combined for 1,575 yards last year.  The receiving corps was surprisingly good a year ago.  Ted Ginn Jr. had some nice games while Greg Camarillo was Pennington's favorite target.  He was injured late last season so his recovery will be important.  Davone Bess also became an important receiver down the stretch.  Tight ends Anthony Fasano and David Martin do the job but are not spectacular.

The offensive line for Miami is good.  Jake Long is already a fixture at left tackle, the Dolphins got Jake Grove to start at center and they are joined by Vernon Carey, Justin Smiley and Donald Thomas.

The defense does have some weaknesses especially upfront where they don't have much of a pass rush.  Jason Ferguson is good against the run but Kendall Langford and Phillip Merling have yet to show they can do anything other than take up space.  The Dolphins have Joey Porter at linebacker but not much else.  Matt Roth, Charlie Anderson, Channing Crowder, Akin Ayodele and Reggie Torbor will look for playing time.  The Dolphins also signed Cameron Wake from the CFL and he could get immediate playing time.  The secondary is solid with Will Allen at one cornerback.  The other spot might go to rookie Vontae Davis. Yeremiah Bell and Gibril Wilson are excellent safeties.  Wilson was picked up from the Raiders in the off-season.

The kicking game gets the job done with Dan Carpenter and Brandon Fields.

The Dolphins are not getting much respect in NFL odds and that might be a mistake.  They have the same team that went 11-5 last year and there is no reason to think they will fall apart in 2009.


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