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Dolphins rolling along in 2019 covering the spread with regularity

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores deserves serious credit for keeping this thing going amidst the fire sale.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick listens to head coach Brian Flores in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are on fire this season, and it’s not because of their fire sale for draft picks. Miami beat the Colts in Week 10, marking their second straight win and improving to 2-7 on the season. They appeared on track to be one of the worst teams in NFL history through the first seven weeks of the season, but now find themselves potentially out of the AFC West cellar for the time-being.

More importantly for the betting sort, they are on a roll against the spread. The Dolphins have won five straight against the spread to improve to 5-4 ATS, per WagerTalk’s Ralph Michaels. They covered as underdogs against the Colts last week and the Jets the week before. Prior to that, they lost to the Steelers, Bills, and Washington, but covered in all three games.

The Dolphins face the Bills in Week 11 and are a six-point home underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook. Miami deserves credit for their two recent wins, but we could make some excuses. The Jets are a bad team and the Colts were starting Brian Hoyer and did not have T.Y. Hilton available.

And yet, considering the fact that Miami spent the past nine months selling their team for draft picks, it’s pretty impressive to see them come away with two wins and cover in five straight.

Which brings us to the $10,000 question for Dolphins fans. What kind of honor does head coach Brian Flores get for the job he has done in South Florida?

The Dolphins preseason win total at DraftKings Sportsbook settled at 5. Considering where they were entering the season, matching their preseason win total would be an impressive achievement. If they get up to six wins, there is an argument to be made that Brian Flores should at least get consideration for Coach of the Year.

He won’t given that it goes to teams that are going to the playoffs, but I do wonder what it would take to get him seriously in the conversation. If the Dolphins somehow went 5-2 the rest of the way, I think a 7-9 season would be enough. I don’t actually think that will happen, but maybe against the spread? Imagine a 4-12 Dolphins team finishing 10-6 against the spread? I’d argue that’s a really impressive feat and he would at least get my own personal vote for Coach of the Year!