The NFL's first regular-season week is here and guess who the biggest underdog in the league is this week?
Yeah, you guessed it: The Miami Dolphins.
The folks in Las Vegas, and the islands that serve as hubs for online gambling websites, have decided your Dolphins have the smallest chance of any NFL team to win this weekend when they travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks.
Miami opened as a 10 1/2-point underdog on most books. They are down to 7 1/2-point underdogs on most of them now -- tied for the biggest point spread in the league.
So the bookies are not buying the Adam Gase renewal of the culture and remaking of Ryan Tannehill. They're not buying the unleashing of a great defensive line. They're not buying a perennially mediocre team's trip across country to play a perennially good team.
And the Seahawks have been that.
Seattle has made four consecutive playoff appearances and five in the past six years. Pete Carroll's team has two Super Bowl appearances during that time. And, yes, there was that Super Bowl win in 2013 over the Denver Broncos.
The Seahawks have been good but not great at home in recent years. They were 5-3 at home in 2015. That was a sign of some weakness compared to previous years.
The Seahawks were 7-1 at home in 2014 and 2013.
The Dolphins were 3-6 on the road last year. What, nine games? Well, the trip to London was considered a "home" game by the team and the NFL. Those of us who live in the real world understand a trip to London is not a home game for a Miami team.
Happy Labor Day!