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The 2017 Miami Dolphins opened the season with 30-to-1 odds of winning the Super Bowl. 11 Weeks into the 2017 season and those odds are now 200-to-1.

The last-place offense shoulders a lot of the blame. Even more than just QB Jay Cutler (who I called to re-retire in an earlier article).

The historically bad offense the Miami Dolphins have fielded this season is hard to watch.

In last weeks loss, ESPN didn’t give the Dolphins a win probability of over 10% after the half. The 45-21 final score is also incredibly misleading – It should never have been that close.

The highlight of the game for the Dolphins was the lone rushing touchdown on the season coming from Kenyan Drake who busted out a 66-yard run midway through the third quarter. The long touchdown run came on a 3rd-and-1 short running play that caught the safeties cheating over.

That highlight was overshadowed by the scoreboard.

The Dolphins are currently averaging 15.2 PPG (Last), 275 Yards/Game (31st, ahead of last by 1 yard) and 4.5 yards/play (31st, ahead of last by .1 yards/play).

In 2007, when the Miami Dolphins went 1-15, the offense was averaging 17.7 PPG, 287 yards/game, and 4.7 yards/play.

It is absolutely amazing that the Miami Dolphins have won 4 games this season fielding the worst offense to ever wear the Dolphins colors.

What is most jaw-dropping about the entire situation is that Adam Gase was brought in as a first-time head coach because of his young offensive mind. In his two seasons as the Broncos offensive coordinator, Denver’s offense ranked first in points in 2013, and second in points in 2014. In his lone season with Chicago, the Bears ranked 23rd in offensive points. So this begs the question, is Gase truly a great young offensive mind or did he just have the benefit of standing on the sidelines while “potential GOAT” Peyton Manning ran the offense and defied defenses with the perennial “OMAHA!” It may be too early to write him off yet, and a lot of changes have happened on the offensive side of the ball, but he certainly has his work cut out for him.

Even with all of this ugly, Miami still has two games against the Bills (who just benched their starting QB) who hold the 2nd Wildcard spot. Surprisingly, the season isn’t over for the ailing Dolphins.

The Dolphins host the banged-up Buccaneers Sunday, November 19th looking to end this 3-game skid.

Matthew Deitsch

Author Matthew Deitsch

Matthew Deitsch covers the Miami Dolphins for Sports Al Dente. A South Florida native, Matt has previously worked in video production for the Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins and Florida Panthers. Matthew's films have screened at TriBeCa and Cannes, but with his passion for sports his career remains incredibly fascinating.

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