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Miami Dolphins - Expectations This Season

The Miami Dolphins will be aiming to finally put everything together in 2022. It’s hard to see them losing with the amount of talent they brought on offense. The Dolphins signed players like Raheem Mostert, Chase Edmonds, Cedrick Wilson Jr., Terron Armstead, and Connor Williams during the 2022 off-season.

These players complement the likes of Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki. However, All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill is their biggest acquisition after trading for him and signing a four-year, $120 million deal.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins have playmakers on defense like Emmanuel Ogbah, Christian Wilkins, Jaelan Phillips, Xavien Howard, Jevon Holland, and Byron Jones. They also added Melvin Ingram to elevate their pass rush. The Dolphins also have placekicker Jason Sanders and punter Thomas Morstead.

Given that they’ve come so close during the last two seasons, the Dolphins should make the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. This year is also their best chance to break their postseason win drought, which dates back to 2000, so they might make a good pick when selecting NFL bets for 2022-23.

Miami Dolphins - Recent Form & Highlights

The Dolphins found success early in the 2022 season, winning three of their first four games. However, Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion injury may take its toll on their success. The worst thing Dolphins fans like to see is their team falling short of the playoffs again.

That’s how their 2020 and 2021 seasons ended despite finishing with 10-6 and 9-8 records. It’s also impressive that the Dolphins finished with a winning mark last season despite starting their campaign at 1-7. Other than those achievements, the team hasn’t had much to celebrate over the previous two decades because they lost Wild Card games in 2008 and 2016.

About The Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins were established in 1965 and competed in their first AFL season a year later. They joined the National Football League in 1970 as part of the merger between the two sporting leagues. The Dolphins played in five Super Bowls, winning back-to-back titles in 1972 and 1973. Their first Super Bowl win capped off the only perfect season in NFL history. They also have 13 AFC East division titles and 23 playoff appearances.

Before the 1987 season, the Dolphins played their home games at the Miami Orange Bowl. Fast forward to 2022, and they now consider Hard Rock Stadium home. The venue went through different names, from Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Land Shark Stadium, and Sun Life Stadium. Its current name started in 2016 and will last until 2034.

The intense heat during the Dolphins’ games amplifies their home-field advantage. For that reason, opposing teams often use shade on their benches during afternoon games. Add Miami’s unforgiving crowd, and visiting teams usually have a challenging situation, especially when they call plays on offense. Given Miami’s demographic, the party atmosphere goes from the beach to the stadium during home games.

The Dolphins have an in-state rivalry with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because they are the two oldest NFL franchises in Florida. They have met 12 times, and the Buccaneers lead the series 7-5. They also have a feud with the Indianapolis Colts after signing Don Shula as their mentor. That acquisition became controversial because the Dolphins forfeited a first-round pick after agreeing to terms with the former Colts head coach.

Aside from those teams, the Dolphins have close rivalries with their fellow AFC East squads. They lead the all-time series record against the New York Jets, 57-55-1, and have won their last four meetings. The Dolphins own the all-time record versus the Buffalo Bills, 62-54-1. Miami also won their showdown in Week 3 of the 2022 season. Finally, the Dolphins hold a 60-54 advantage against the New England Patriots and have won their last four faceoffs. 

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