Miami Dolphins’ 2022 AFC East Betting Predictions

Miami Dolphins fans weren’t too happy with their team heading into the 2022 NFL offseason after the news in February about last year’s head coach, Brian Flores, sued the Dolphins for their questionable hiring practices. However, Miami’s gotten a lot of praise from looking past this controversy and building what appears to be a much more talented roster thanks to some crafty moves in the offseason. Are these moves enough to dethrone the Buffalo Bills as kings of the AFC East, though?

Nitrobetting is ready to equip its bettors with the latest news, futures odds, and special features for the duration of the 2022 NFL offseason. This time, let’s find out why the Miami Dolphins could usurp the Buffalo Bills as the best team in the AFC East this coming 2022 NFL season, as well the Miami and Buffalo’s respective odds to win Super Bowl 57 following the latest developments in free agency.

Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins are Coming After the Buffalo Bills’ AFC East Crown

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McLovin’ the McDaniel Move

As great of a coach as Brian Flores was in his last two seasons in Miami, the majority of experts believe that the hiring of former 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel is a home run for the embattled Florida franchise. Many also consider the latter to be an outright upgrade over the former.

McDaniel was a key part of Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff since 2017 as a run game coordinator before being promoted to the OC position last season. The Niners made the Super Bowl during the 2019 season and another trip to the NFC Championship Game a few months ago, with McDaniel being largely credited for the stellar play of divisive quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the emergence of All-Pro triple-threat wideout Deebo Samuel.

At 39 years of age, McDaniel is the latest to join the recent influx of young, brilliant head coaches in the NFL. His name is being held in high regard right now in the same vein as reigning Super Bowl champion Sean McVay from the Rams, Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury, and McDaniel’s mentor in San Fran in the aforementioned Shanahan.

An Up-”Hill” Battle Ahead

One big issue that the Dolphins failed to address in the 2021 season is giving starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa the necessary pieces on offense to take his game to the next level. While breakout rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle wowed the Miami fan base with a 1,000-yard receiving campaign, there were still plenty of holes that the team needed to address.

The Dolphins didn’t hold anything back this free-agency period in improving their squad. They signed a couple of solid offensive linemen in Terron Armstead (Saints) and Connor Williams (Cowboys) to shore up Tua’s pass protection. However, just recently, the team made one of the biggest splashes in free agency by adding the fastest player in the entire league to their receiving corps.

Miami made a drastic move to acquire six-time Pro Bowl selection Tyreek Hill via trade in exchange for three draft picks at this year’s NFL Draft plus two more picks for next year. Hill, who’s been the most electric wide receiver in Kansas City franchise history, adds a much-needed downfield threat for Tagovailoa to throw to and hopefully improve his mediocre passing numbers.

Capping off the Fins’ stellar free-agency moves are the additions of running backs Chase Edmonds (Cardinals) and Raheem Mostert (49ers). Both Edmonds and Mostert are injury magnets, but both are still considered significant upgrades to last season’s run game that struggled to juggle Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed’s playing time out of the backfield.

Can You Play My Bills?

Most NFL fans consider the Buffalo Bills as the team of destiny in the 2022 NFL season. They nearly beat the Chiefs in last year’s Divisional Round clash for the ages and are right in the midst of phenomenal quarterback Josh Allen’s prime years; not to mention having a league-leading defense to boot.

Several of Buffalo’s key defensive players are no longer on the team. However, the Bills rectified those departures with terrific replacements. Headlining their offseason signings is now two-time Super Bowl champion Von Miller, who was still terrific last season for the Rams’ linebacking crew despite already being an 11-year pro. Buffalo also shored up its front seven even further with the additions of defensive linemen Shaq Lawson (Jets), Tim Settle (Commanders), and Jordan Phillips (Cards).

Even the Bills’ already potent offense saw upgrades in the form of Roger Saffold (Titans) in the O-line, as well as Jets slot receiver Jamison Crowder to replace the departed Cole Beasley. With the way things look, Buffalo still appears as imposing as it was last season by addressing the team’s weak points with great free-agency signings.

Updated Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills 2022 AFC East Disivion Futures Odds

As of this writing, the Bills have the best odds to win the 2022 AFC East division title at (-200). They’ve won the division crown in each of the last two seasons. Meanwhile, the Dolphins aren’t that far behind with a price of (+400) to win the division for the first time since 2008. Miami’s odds are the third-best in the AFC East, only slightly behind the New England Patriots’ odds at (+375).

Buffalo is also currently the odds-on favorite to win Super Bowl 57 at (+700), whereas Miami has the 10th-best odds amongst all 15 AFC teams at (+3,500). Expect these numbers to shift after the 2022 NFL Draft paints a bigger picture of the league as a whole by the end of April.

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