Dolphins Make Major Jump in AFC East Division Odds

The Dolphins are becoming a trendy pick.
The Dolphins are becoming a trendy pick. / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

After going 10-6 last season and finally giving Tua Tagovailoa the starting job full-time, the Miami Dolphins are getting a lot of love entering the 2021 season. As Week 1 nears, their odds have also gotten a major boost, putting them one step closer to the Buffalo Bills

WynnBET has moved the Dolphins’ odds to win the AFC East from +340 to +200, a big jump right before the season starts. The Dolphins were just ahead of the New England Patriots (+320) before the move and now have the full support of the oddsmakers to end up second in the division.

Miami hasn’t had the smoothest offseason. It had to smooth over its relationship with star cornerback Xavien Howard after he demanded a trade due to his contract situation. The Dolphins also had an injury scare with Jaylen Waddle against the Falcons. Fortunately, Waddle was able to come back into the game. 

The main thing the Dolphins have had to manage is the progression of Tagovailoa. He’s had really good days and really bad days, but the Dolphins are all in on Tagovailoa. 

Miami should be in the playoff hunt again this season, hoping to break its four-year playoff drought. 

The Bills are still a heavy favorite, as they should be, to win the division. The truly interesting thing about the move up is that it suggests the Dolphins are much better than the Patriots. 

Both teams are in the same boat, with their success dependent on if their quarterbacks can make a leap of improvement. If Tagovailoa can step into the role the Dolphins need him too, then I co-sign the shortening off the odds for the Dolphins. 

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