The Lede: Dolphins QB Dilemma

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Don’t have time to read through 1,000 words, but need some informed betting tips? Here’s a quick rundown on today’s biggest sports story (as adjudged by me) and how it impacts the way you should bet.

Ryan Tannehill Likely Out for Season

Dolphins fans had their emotions toyed with on Twitter yesterday following a non-contact injury to Ryan Tannehill’s left knee. If you missed it, let me walk you through it:

  • Ryan Tannehill leaves practice with a leg injury. Dolphin fans hold their breath.
  • Early reports suggest Tannehill suffered no structural damage to his knee. Dolphin fans breathe sigh of relief.
  • Ensuing reports indicate that Tannehill’s knee may have suffered damage, but not a full tear. Dolphin fans suck that breath of relief back in.
  • Sources say Tannehill could rest his knee for 6-8 weeks and be fine. Dolphin fans accept this as an it-could-be-worse resolution. 
  • People close to the team suggest Tannehill will likely require season-ending surgery. Dolphin fans begin five stages of grief. 

Situations like this make you wonder whether life would be a lot simpler without Twitter. But we can talk about the impact of a social media-less world another time.

The Dolphins first-team offense was led by backup Matt Moore today, who also took over last season when Tannehill went down with an injury. In three regular-season starts, Moore was impressive, posting a 106.5 passer rating and leading Miami to a Wild Card berth in the AFC. But he was overmatched in the playoffs, and you may remember him best from his brief encounter with Bud Dupree during Wild Card Weekend …

If Miami isn’t comfortable with Moore as its starter, there are a few other interesting options out there. Of course, Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent. Jay Cutler has also expressed an interest in delaying his broadcast gig to join the Dolphins. Other names, like RG3 and Brock Osweiler (who played under Adam Gase in Denver), have also surfaced.

Takeaway: Before Tannehill’s injury, the Dolphins 2017 win total was set at 7.5. That number doesn’t deserve to drop much more than a half-game with Matt Moore at QB. Moore has long been one of the best backups in the league and fits well in Gase’s system. The difference between Moore and Tannehill should be viewed as rather minimal. If their win total does drop by more than half a game, the over becomes very appealing.