NFL gambling fans pretty much expected the 2-4 straight up start last year by Miami but the Dolphins closed well against the NFL lines to end up as the AFC east champs. Miami had the NFL gambling luxury last year of being a lightly regarded surprise team that offered good value against the NFL lines as few gamblers wanted anything to do with them until late in the season.
Head coach Tony Sparano was a rookie last year and impressed everyone with the turn around. Long time NFL gambling legend Bill Parcels brought Sparano to Miami from Dallas, where he worked under Parcels as assistant head coach.
When Parcels came to Miami to run the font office, those in the “know” of NFL gambling figured that eventually the Dolphins would improve though nobody thought it would happen so fast.
A big reason for Miami’s NFL gambling success in 2008 was quarterback Chad Pennington, who came to Miami from the division rival New York Jets, who opted to replace the injury prone signal caller with Brett Favre.
At first, it appeared to everyone in NFL gambling that the Jets made the smarter move but by year’s end Favre and the Jets crashed and burned after leading the division into the final month of the season.
Pennington had a most impressive NFL gambling season in which he threw for 67.4% completions, 3653 yards, 19 touchdowns, and posted a strong 97.4 quarterback rating. Miami won 9 out of their final 10 games with Pennington over center to make the post season.
The big concern in NFL gambling about Pennington is whether he can stay durable as he started 11 games or more in a season just 3 out of the last 6 years. Ricky Williams, interestingly enough, will return to Miami for action after rushing for 659 yards and a 4.1 yards per carry average with 4 touchdowns.
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