Miami Dolphins get their preseason underway with a visit to Chicago Bears on Thursday. Check out our game analysis, complete with NFL Preseason week 1 odds and picks.
Miami Dolphins On the Road In Season Opener
Miami will have to wait until week 3 NFL betting to see their team in action on the luscious field of Sun Life Stadium when they welcome the Atlanta Falcons. For now, it’s the TV screen for most NFL enthusiasts in the Sunshine State as the rising Dolphins begin a two-game road trek in their warmup campaign.
Week 1 NFL Preseason betting pits the Dolphins with the rebuilding Chicago Bears under John Fox on Thursday at 1 PM EST at Soldier Field. To all intents and purposes, the game doesn’t matter towards the upcoming NFL season, but fans of both these teams will be keenly watching this game, looking for signs of what they might expect. Both the Dolphins and Bears have made some key offseason moves and changes, and how those will transcend the field is a matter of importance in the broad spectrum.
Do Dolphins Have The Depth To Be Contenders in the AFC East?
It must be upsetting to be contained within an AFC East division that is utterly dominated by the New England Patriots over the last decade or so. But if there’s a team to spot in this one-horse division town, it’s the Miami Dolphins.
Coming out of the pocket in a big way, the Dolphins picked up some household names in free agency, namely Ndamukong Suh. They’ve put up to get the glitterati. Now it’s time to see how it all comes together and how developing quarterback Ryan Tannehill handles his new weapons.
Will The Bears Trust In Jay Cutler
The Bears management was overhauled in the offseason following a disappointing 5-11 season. It’s still a question mark whether new coach John Fox and his staff will trust in Jay Cutler. Let’s face it, he’s not been lighting up the charts in a good way. His career in retrospect has been disappointing and last year’s locker room bust-ups and disagreements that trickled into the press weren’t helpful.
It’s not that the Bears lack offensive power. On the contrary, they have lots of weapons at their disposal with Alshon Jeffrey, Matt Forte and Kevin White. But it’s down to Jay Cutler to deploy those effectively and maximise their abilities On the defensive side of the ball, however, the Bears were atrocious last season and it’s going to be an uphill battle to improve.
Dolphins vs. Bears Betting Tips and Picks
Odds makers have rolled out a rather coy spread on this game, opening on a 1-point spread with the Bears listed to the good. It’s since come down to a pick’em. As well, total betting opened with a 38 as the chalk line only for it to move down by a point.
Last year, the Dolphins went 3-1 SU in preseason. They opened with a 19-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, but bounced back with three straight wins to beat Tampa Bay 20-14, Dallas 25-20 and St. Louis 14-13.
The Bears went 2-2 SU with wins over Philadelphia and Jacksonville in succession and back-to-back losses to Seattle and Cleveland to round out their preseason warmup.
Obviously, this game is going to come down to the side with the better backups. We’re not going to see the regulars for the entire 60 minutes. Matt Moore vs. Jimmy Clausen for most of the game may not be the sexiest battle, but if we’re making our NFL picks we’re leaning towards Moore. Not because he’s better than Clausen per se, rather the Dolphins have the better backups on paper.
NFL Picks: Dolphins and UNDER 37 at -110 at BetOnline