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After Another Blowout Loss, Dolphins Open as 20.5-Point Underdogs vs Cowboys

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Outscored 102-10 in their first two games of the NFL season, the Miami Dolphins are already 20.5-point underdogs to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3. Photo from @Phinscom (Twitter)
  • The Miami Dolphins are already 20.5-point underdogs in their Week 3 NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys
  • Miami lost 43-0 to the New England Patriots as 19-point underdogs
  • The Dolphins have been outscored 112-10 through two games

There were dire predictions heading into the 2019 NFL season about how badly things were going to to for the Miami Dolphins.

It turns out the doom and gloom prognosticators might have been selling the Dolphins short.

Two games into the season – make that two blowout losses into the NFL season – the Dolphins are quickly setting futility marks.

The Dallas Cowboys opened as 20.5-point favorites over the Dolphins for their upcoming Week 3 clash in a week’s time at AT&T Stadium. By later Sunday evening, Dallas had moved to the 21-point chalk in the Cowboys vs Dolphins odds.

Miami Dolphins vs Dallas Cowboys Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Over/Under
Miami Dolphins n/a -21 (-115) Over 47.5 (-110)
Dallas Cowboys n/a +21 (-105) Under 47.5 (-110)

*Odds taken 09/16/19.

In Week 2, the Dolphins were 19-point underdogs to the New England Patriots and lost 43-0.

Dolphins Epic Fail

Here’s how bad things are for the Dolphins – Sunday they were down 13-0 and the Miami fanbase was excited.

The Dolphins had nothing on the scoreboard through halftime and people were thrilled, because at least New England didn’t have 40.

The Patriots would get there. And Miami would get its anticipated whipping.

During one five-drive sequence in the midst of the game, the Dolphins mustered up a combined minus-11 yards of total offense. Miami finished with 93 yards in total offense. New England finished with 123 yards in interception returns.

Record-Tying Start

The 102 points allowed in their first two games places Miami in rarified company.

The last time an NFL team gave up 102 points during its first two games, the Dolphins were reigning Super Bowl champions, and the Cowboys played a role in the debacle.

The 1973 New Orleans Saints were whipped 62-7 by the Atlanta Falcons in their opener. In Week 2 on Monday Night Football, New Orleans was pounded 40-3 by the Cowboys.

That horrible Saints team included two inaccurately-named players – kicker Happy Feller and wide receiver Jubilee Dunbar.

At least Miami suits up some players more name-appropriate to their scenario – cornerback Johnson Bademosi and defensive end Tank Carradine.

How High will Cowboys Go?

The Dolphins are the first team to be an underdog of 19 points or more twice in the same NFL season since the 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars.

Defending NFC East winners Dallas are the third straight division champion Miami has faced to open the season.

The line on the Patriots-Dolphins opened at New England -14.5 and grew like a fungus to 19 by Tuesday.

The NFL record for the widest point spread on a game is 26.5 points. It was set by the 1967 Dolphins, who were 26.5-point underdogs to the Oakland Raiders. The Denver Broncos equaled it against those 2013 Jags.

This Dallas-Miami line only figures to grow. If you’re betting Cowboys, do it now.

By game time, the Dolphins could have themselves shattering their own point spread mark.

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