When the previews of a match-up series (even a “long-term and occasional” series like the Dolphins and Redskins) change hands at BetFirm, I’m usually familiar with the pundit I’m taking over for or whom I’m replacing. Washington hasn’t met Miami on the gridiron in a while, though, and I’m not particularly familiar with the work of ex-Dolphins-Redskins correspondent Tony Gaglione…but I know he’s got a gambling name if there ever was one.
Most boxing handicappers of the early 1900s were named “Tony,” 10s of 1000s of dealers, pit bosses, and sharks are named Tony – heck, everyone I know who owns a nightclub is named Tony. Once a favorite band of mine (True Sounds of Liberty) began a dedication to the owner of some mid-level rock venue and bar. “This song is for Tony,” I practically mouthed along with the lead singer.
If a guy is named Tony, you know he likes to gamble, and he’s probably got enough $ to get by with our without sports handicapping. It’s not really about trying to get richer so much as the thrill of the action.
The “Tony”s of the world – who can find an intense interest in any sporting event through the miracle of Las Vegas – would be very interested to wager-on and watch the Week 6 NFL game previewed below. The greater public? Eh…maybe not so much.
It’s the Washington Redskins at the Miami Dolphins…and the loser will probably be the team that wants it least.
Who: Washington Redskins at Miami Dolphins
When: Sunday, October 13th, 1 PM EST
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
Lines: WASH (-3.5) at Miami (+3.5) / O/U Total: (42)
Somebody’s “0” has got to go. Miami nor visiting Washington has won a game yet this season, and the disharmony in Washington D.C. could be as poisonous as the possible draft-tanking going on in Magic City.
Football in the nation’s capital is nothing short of a mess right now. Former skipper Jay Gruden was dismissed this week, and stepping in for the interim is longtime coach Bill Callahan. Callahan has had some success coaching at the NFL level, leading the Raiders to an appearance in Super Bowl 37.
Callahan was unpopular and unsuccessful as Nebraska’s head coach, but he returned to the NFL as an assistant with
the Jets in 2008 and has been with the Redskins’ offensive line since 2015. The interim HC can rest assured that Case Keenum will return to the starting lineup after practicing this week. Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy have been ineffective in the QB role in Keenum’s absence.
Miami has had an extra week to prepare for the Redskins off a bye. The Dolphins are also getting healthier, as shutdown CB Xavien Howard is practicing again.
HC Brian Flores also announced this week that the Dolphins will go with QB Josh Rosen for the rest of the season if healthy:
Can (a) 22-year old QB do enough to prevent the Dolphins from selecting a QB in the first-round?
The Dolphins are currently 0-4 and firmly cemented at the bottom of the AFC East. Which is no surprise. After all, the front office made moves prior to the season, that has set the team up to do exactly what they’re doing. And regardless of whether the players want to admit it or not, those above are 100% behind the thought of ‘tanking’. But for a team that has been so desperate for a franchise signal-caller since the days of Dan Marino, one player still remains hopeful that he can prove to this staff that he is the future QB of the Miami Dolphins- no matter how unlikely the odds.
As you know, earlier this season the Dolphins traded for Josh Rosen-the former 10th-overall pick in the 2018 draft. And for a man that was given the raw end of the stick in Arizona, behind one of the worst offensive lines in football, he now finds himself in an even more unfavorable situation. But Rosen knows that nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. And he will have every opportunity to (earn a spot) now that head coach Brian Flores named him the starter for the remainders of the season.
We’ll see if the opportunity sparks the QB – little else has. Rosen is completing just 51.2% of his passes with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions, and Ryan Fitzpatrick was equally bad in his 3 games as a starter.
The supporting cast of each team must take responsibility for the QB woes as well. It’s like a running back with a poor OL – a pitiful team and unpleasant surroundings can ruin even the most-talented signal-callers.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see both teams play hard. NFL players are fans too (mostly) and know how vulnerable their opponents are. The 2 rosters are each thirsting for a win.
At the same time, I disagree with a gambling public that’s been going Miami’s way ATS. Coaching changes always tend to cause a short-lived blossoming of badly under-performing players who will wake up and try to ace their audition. Keenum’s return also gives D.C. the most proven asset on the field at QB.
Take the ‘Skins to cover (-3.5).