Dolphins are 4 to 4.5 point favorites over Buffalo, and Pittsburgh is 4.5 to 5 point favorite over Cincinnati.
I haven't seen money lines yet but the odds of both favorites winning in that price range is roughly Even money. In a 2 team money line parlay, if both teams are -240 (240 to win 100), the multiplier works out to almost exactly an Even money payout. At -240 you receive .4166 cents on the dollar. The example is 100 x 1.4166 x 1.4166 = 200.6755. Like I said, almost exactly Even money. Miami will probably be slightly lower than -240 money line favorite and Pittsburgh perhaps slightly higher. It will round out close enough to Even money that 50/50 odds of those two games falling in Miami's favor is a good way to look at it.
Playoffs or no playoffs, if this team finishes out with three wins, including a week 17 victory at Foxboro, I will feel a lot better about them going into the offseason than I will if we **** the bed and get blown out 52-13 to end the season.
Of course, I'm not even sure this group can avoid being swept by Buffalo, so, uh, baby steps, I guess.
I can see it now.... Everything that needs to happen will happen. The Dolphins will be right on the doorstep of the playoffs and the Pats kick us right in the nuts.